Young Edison Challenge

Are You a Student Inventor?

The 2023 Edison Awards Young Edison Challenge is open for submissions. Students in grades 9-12 are invited to showcase their creativity by creating a new, innovative product or service and developing a plan to market it.

The top three student innovations will be named “Young Edison” Student Winners. Each of the three winners will receive a trip to the 2023 Edison Awards in Fort Myers, Florida, April 19-21, 2023. Additionally, available scholarships include: $2,500 GOLD, $1,500 SILVER, and $1,000 BRONZE!

Students must submit their Young Edison Challenge projects by January 31, 2023. The entries will be judged by a jury of expert reviewers and educators. Winners will be announced on March 1, 2023. Download the 2023 Student Nomination Guide for more details!

In addition to receiving a trip to the 2023 Edison Awards, winners will be featured on the Edison Awards website and through Edison Awards social media channels.

Presented by the Charlotte Community Foundation.

SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION HERE

Young Edison Challenge

Fill out the form below to receive the Nomination Guide, a helpful resource to assist in filling out your 2023 nomination. Once submitted, the guide will be emailed immediately to you.


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"I am forever inspired by the achievements of the women around me, my peers who share my passions for robotics and engineering, who both push and support me to reach my goals"
Pria Sawhney
2022 Young Edison Challenge Winner

Student Presentations at the 2022 Meet the Innovators Forum

Want to be a Young Edison Challenge Expert Reviewer?

We are looking for industry experts, educators as well as qualified undergraduate and graduate students to review student nominations in February to help us determine our Young Edison Challenge Winners. If you are interested in being an Young Edison Challenge Expert Reviewer, fill out our application.

Past Student Winners

2022

GOLD WINNER

Vizuell
by Pria Sawhney
Lexington, MA

SILVER WINNER

Silicone Eye Applanation Model (S.E.A.M)
by Sonia Patel
Naples, FL

BRONZE WINNER (TIE)

iCane
by Rian Carter and Umi Arora
Aurora, IL

HIV Medication Oral Thin Film for Pediatric Oral Delivery
by Maggie Zhang
Overland Park, KS

2019

GOLD WINNER

Sporknife
by Nicholas Markels
Park City, UT

SILVER WINNER

Crybaby
By Ashlyn Kennedy
Overland Park, KS

BRONZE WINNER

Secure Facility Robotics
by Nathaniel Denham & Nicco Shaw Peoria, AZ

2018

GOLD WINNER

Every Drop Counts
by John Levi Holtzman and Joseph Jedlicka
Nixa, MO

SILVER WINNER

Pointe Wick
by Rachel Schirber and Brannoc Borowiak-Miller
Overland Park, KS

BRONZE WINNER

Secure Cycle
Eric Christman
Overland Park, KS

2017

WINNER

Nova Personal UV Sensor 
Kali Watkins, Connor French & Brooke Mitchell
Park City, Utah

WINNER

Intonation 
Hannah Chen & Seth Mazza
Peoria, Arizona

WINNER

IKOS Toys
Alexander Whitty, Sky Martin, Joshua Lansky, & Kelly Murad
Park City, Utah

2016

WINNER

Decomposing Toilet
Abby Mitchell
Overland Park, KS

WINNER

Comfort Kits
Hannah Harrick
Overland Park, KS

WINNER

Custom Cartilage Implants
Alexis Vance
Overland Park, KS