NFTE Fall 2019 World Series of Innovation

About The Competition

NFTE’s World Series of Innovation is a global, online competition that invites young people (ages 13-24) to submit innovative ideas that address some of the biggest challenges facing humanity today and help advance the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The best idea submitted in each challenge category wins an $1800 cash prize. Two runners up each receive a $300 cash prize.

Young innovators from across the globe enter the competition every fall and compete for cash prizes. Young people can compete solo or invite friends to join them and compete in small teams. Some teams are independent, some are affiliated with schools or youth development organizations, and some undertake a challenge as a guided classroom project. Educators who are interested in using the World Series of Innovation in the classroom or encouraging student participation as an extracurricular enrichment opportunity can access a robust toolkit that provides additional resources for students and teachers.

The submission period for the Fall 2019 challenge series is now closed, but you can learn more about the challenges at Winners will be announced March 30, 2020 – and whole NEW set of challenges will launch September 15, 2020.


Winners in the current challenge cycle will be announced March 30, 2020, and a whole new set of challenges launches September 15, 2020.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Spring 2019 Challenges

  • Citi Foundation Decent Work Challenge Winner: a team from Santa Teresa High School in San Jose, CA, developed the idea for Teknique, a three-tiered training program that specializes in helping companies reskill their workers and partnering with AI companies to improve their robots with a skilled human workforce to teach them.
  • Coca-Cola/VEB Responsible Consumption Challenge Winner: a team from the Yorba Linda High School in Yorba Linda, CA, developed the idea for Straw Slap, a reusable, flexible stainless steel straw that acts as a slap bracelet and comes with a fabric cover that protects the straw from outside elements. An alternative to plastic straws, it is a fun and accessible way to help reduce the amount of plastic put in the ocean
  • Con-Edison Sustainable Development Challenge Winner: a team from Pembroke Pines Charter Middle School in Pembroke Pines, FL, developed the idea for CO2morrow, an innovative, eco-friendly company that combines the technology of clean energy delivery with the placement of CO2 energy converting stations throughout a city and provides a recycling program to procure the precious metals needed to fuel the conversion process in providing clean energy.
  • NFTE Gender Equality Challenge Winner: a team from Peak to Peak Charter School in Lafayette, CO, developed the idea for PowHer, a South African transportation business that trains and employs women drivers for women passengers, creating work for women and a safe and efficient transportation environment for women.