Professors of Aalto University challenge young innovators to solve four different global issues related to sustainable development. The competition seeks feasible solutions to solve these challenges.
The Millennium Youth Price Competition will open on 15 August 2019 as the new challenge videos will be released at aalto.fi-website. This year the challenges are provided by the following professors:
- Professor Peter Lund, Engineering Physics and Advanced Energy Systems, Department of Applied Physics (, research on future energy issues)
- Professor Mikko Möttönen, Head of Quantum Computing and Devices research Group, Department of Applied Physics
- Professor Hele Savin, Micro and Nanoelectronics, Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering
- Professor Monika Österberg, Bioproduct Chemistry, Department of Bioproducts and Biosystem
Participants can submit their proposals for solving the challenges as a written summary, a video, a prototype or combinations of these. Criteria for evaluation are the scientific basis, creativity, innovativeness and viability of the proposed solutions.
The first prize is 5,000 euros, the second 3,000 euros and the third 2,000 euros.
The Millennium Youth Prize is being run in the same spirit as its older forebear, the international one-million-euro Millennium Technology Prize that is awarded by Technology Academy Finland.
For innovators who are 19-year old and younger living in Finland. Millennium Youth Prize is targeted for the Finnish schools.
We want to encourage young people to learn and innovate and to participate in technology and science. In addition, we believe that they have the key for a better future for mankind. There are many different solutions to the global challenges. Innovations are born from new perspectives and from a new way of thinking.
The challenges will be published on on 15 August 2019. In late autumn 2019, we will organize a workshop for young people supervised by the professors who gave the challenges. Participants must submit their proposals by mid-April 2020. More detailed instructions will be published in the beginning of 2020.
Finalists are selected by the board of experts compiled by Aalto University and Technology Academy Finland TAF.
The final of the competition and the award ceremony will be held on 27 May 2020 in Otaniemi, Espoo.
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