About the Challenge

4 Challenge Rounds

Round 1 - Team Formation

This is simply a team-building stage. You are to get your teams of 2 - 5 people ready, conduct research, and share your ideas. Ensure your team members are between 12-17 years of age and from the same school. You are required to have a teacher or parent stand in as a coach for your team. The same coach can work with multiple teams. All registration links will be communicated via email to your schools.

Here are the expectations for this Round - 

  • Register as individuals in the Challenge Portal 
  • Register your team in the Challenge Portal. 
  • Share 3 projects/ideas you are considering working on 
  • Register in Canopy Labs

Only teams who complete the requirements of this round within the set timeframe will advance to the next round.

Round 2 - Ideation

This is the second round of the challenge in which you are tasked to create an Idea Proposal using the Provided Template. This is the stage where you settle on one idea based on the feedback from the previous round, then create a proposal using the template to be provided. More information on the template and submission mode will be shared via email. 

Here are the expectations for this Round - 

  • Pick one (1) idea/problem from the previous round
  • Create a Proposal for the Idea selected using the template provided
  • Define your thought process and methodology used.
  • Upload the proposal as a PDF file online using either google drive or dropbox.
  • Fill out the submission form through the link provided.

The top teams who complete the requirements of this round will advance to the next round - The Semifinals.

Semifinals - Innovation Concept Round

In this round, teams will conduct and develop more of their ideas based on the previous round and develop a prototype to test their hypothesis. Teams are expected to perform customer development and need-finding, research their competitors, refine their positioning and technical design, and develop an innovation concept demonstration. Teams must communicate concisely and spend ample time honing their messaging, researching their market, and understanding their innovation.

The scoring rubrics will be shared with the semifinalists to help them understand every expectation of this round.

Here are the expectations for this round - 

  • Develop an innovation brief - up to 3,000 words.
  • Create an innovation concept demo video
  • Create a landing page (website) for your project

30 highest scoring teams will advance to the National finals.

Finals - Power Pitch Round

The top teams selected as Finalists present their final work live to a Judges’ Panel at the National Summit. Finalist teams show off all their best work, including the progress they have made since the Innovation Concept Round. 

Here are the expectations for this round

  • An executive summary of their innovation
  • The website from the previous stage fully functioning and hosted on the cloud
  • A 6-minute Power-Pitch presentation by the team
  • A Q&A session with industry experts/ Judges

The winners will include the top 3 performing teams at the National Summit

Global Summit - NASA Space Center

The overall winning team from the National Summit receives an exclusive invitation to represent Nigeria, their school and their team at the Global Conrad Innovation Summit. The global summit holds at a NASA Space Center in the United States of America.

Here are the expectations of this global finalist team

  • Prepare an executive briefing on up to 5 exhibits + cover
  • Iterate on the website from the previous round
  • Make a 6-minute pitch (an upgrade on the one from the previous round to capture a global use case for their innovation)
  • Participate in a 15-minute Q&A

4 Challenge Categories


Aerospace & Aviation describes the human effort in science, engineering and business to fly in the Earth’s atmosphere and surrounding space. Aerospace organizations research, design, manufacture, operate, or maintain aircraft and/or spacecraft.

Example includes: avionics, aerodynamics, human factors/cockpit design, and propulsion systems.


Cyber-Technology & Security includes solutions employing the use of mobile apps, web apps, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things in solving problems in education, finance, agriculture, commerce and trade, etc

Examples include: artificial intelligence applications, mobile apps, web apps, desktop apps, Internet of Things.


Energy & Environment includes all fields that study the human use of natural resources and the impact of human activity on the environment.

Examples include: energy storage, energy efficiency, renewable resources, sustainable land use, recycling solutions, environmental health, water resources, biodiversity, climate change, waste management, and other clean technology innovations.


Health & Nutrition encompasses fields of study regarding the human body and behaviour as they relate to wellness and medicine.

Examples include: prosthetics, nutrition science, exercise science, medical technology, hunger solutions, mental health, assistive technology, healthcare services, healthcare safety, and biomedical engineering.