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Applications are open!  

Are you a young changemaker between the ages of 14-20 years old in the USA (including Puerto Rico and all other US territories) ready to harness the power of STEM for a sustainable planet? Join the movement of young people solving the world’s most pressing environmental challenges!  

Twenty-five winning teams will each receive $2,000 seed funding and participation at the online Changemaker Summit.  

Click “Add your idea” to submit your STEM solution for sustainability. After entering, you may view other entries, revise your own entry, and re-submit it until the deadline on February 11 at 11:59 PM (midnight) ET. See eligibility and assessment criteria for details. 

You must publish your entry for it to be considered for review. You can edit your published entry up until the entry phase closes.

If you have any questions regarding the Our Planet, Our Purpose: STEM for Changemaking Challenge please contact us at STEM@ashoka.org 

UPDATE: Please join us to congratulate our two Early Entry Prize recipients!

Climate Cardinals and Poluino

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H2Foam (lignin foam) is a sustainable biosorbent that can remove heavy metals and oils from contaminated water at an efficient rate.

H2Foam (lignin foam) is a sustainable biosorbent that can remove heavy metals and oils from contaminated water at an efficient rate.

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Rolling Reuse Robot (the 3 R’s) is the food delivery robot that delivers takeout with reusable packaging, eliminating single-use plastic.

Rolling Reuse Robot (the 3 R’s) is the food delivery robot that delivers takeout with reusable packaging, eliminating single-use plastic.

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We provide intelligent software powered by AI for grocery stores to reduce food waste by forecasting demand and optimizing store decisions

We provide intelligent software powered by AI for grocery stores to reduce food waste by forecasting demand and optimizing store decisions

Photo of Ayush Raj
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FreeBites fights food insecurity and waste by connecting businesses with surplus food to a network of nonprofits.

FreeBites fights food insecurity and waste by connecting businesses with surplus food to a network of nonprofits.

Photo of Maya Mysore
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Environ is a social media and goal setting platform that makes environmentalism trendy and cultivates the next generation of changemakers.

Environ is a social media and goal setting platform that makes environmentalism trendy and cultivates the next generation of changemakers.

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An international youth-led nonprofit with 8,000 volunteers in 41 countries working to translate climate information into 100 languages.

An international youth-led nonprofit with 8,000 volunteers in 41 countries working to translate climate information into 100 languages.

Photo of Sophia Kianni
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An application-based learning experience, where students become excited, engaged, and educated about agriculture and sustainable farming.

An application-based learning experience, where students become excited, engaged, and educated about agriculture and sustainable farming.

Photo of Hunter Cornelius
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GoCompost empowers community composting and fosters green habits with its app, website, and events.

GoCompost empowers community composting and fosters green habits with its app, website, and events.

Photo of Benjamin Li
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Bike-based delivery that provides fresh food to food insecure individuals, where riders are able to take a scenic tour of their city.

Bike-based delivery that provides fresh food to food insecure individuals, where riders are able to take a scenic tour of their city.

Photo of Levi Grimm
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