Wednesday, 4 February 2015

National Geographic Challenge for Big Thinkers.

Share your idea for a challenge that could help solve an issue that's important to the fields of science, exploration, or conservation. 

National Geographic is challenging “big thinkers” to propose a competition that will address a critical issue in the fields of science, exploration, or conservation and will inspire people to come forward with a breakthrough solution as part of the eventual prize application process.

In 2012-2013, National Geographic hosted a similar program. At the time, the idea selected focused on addressing energy poverty and came to be known as the Terra Watt Prize, which was completed in 2014.

National Geographic is now soliciting ideas for the next big challenge. If your idea is selected, you will be awarded $10,000 and your proposed idea could become a full competition. All submitted ideas will receive detailed feedback from five qualified judges.

Be sure to read through the application requirements at, which will help you frame your idea. 

Timeline: Register and Apply

To compete, you need to register by March 31, 2015, and submit your completed application by April 14, 2015.You can see a more comprehensive timeline and learn about the judging process and credentials of the judges here.

Reviewing Submissions

Two categories of judges were carefully selected to ensure a rigorous review of your application. We encourage you to read their credentials.

Evaluation Panel
This first category of judges, the Evaluation Panel, will produce a rank order of applicants by using a common scoring process. Each applicant will be assigned five Evaluation Panel members, and their scores will be statistically normalised to ensure fairness. Their scores will determine the rank order of applications.

Selection Committee
The second and final category of judges, the Selection Committee, will determine the winner. Before the winner is announced, every registrant who completed the application will receive scores and comments designed to provide productive feedback and encourage discussion for those who may have interest in finding other means for launching their proposals. This process helps ensure a value-added experience for all participants.


The judges are impartial to the ideas you submit. They are scoring your idea based on the degree of impact and the structure of your proposed challenge. For a more detailed explanation of the scoring process, please see the trait scoring rubric.

For more information and to apply please visit the official National Geographic Challenge Website: 

Good Luck!