Millennium Youth Prize

Millennium Youth Prize is a technology competition for young innovators who are 19-year old and younger run by Technology Academy Finland and Aalto University.

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. Aalto University and Technology Academy Finland are organizing The Millennium Youth Prize competition, a competition for innovators who are 19 years old and younger.

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.

 

READ: Adam Yousfi wins the 2020 Millennium Youth Prize with his innovation on water pumps.

 

2021 Millennium Youth Prize

 

PARTICIPATE: Workshop to learn more about this year’s challenges

 

Professors of Aalto University challenge young innovators to solve global issues related to sustainable development. The competition seeks feasible solutions to solve these challenges.

This year the challenges are provided by the following professors:

  • Professor Merja Penttilä: What different traits found in nature could we transfer with the help of genetic engineering to benefit the world?
  • Professor Risto Rajala: How do we recycle batteries metals that are rare and harmful to the environment
  • Professor Jan Holmström: How do we reduce food waste in stores?

Participants can submit their proposals (dl. 26.4.2021) 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.

Finalists are selected by the board of experts compiled by Aalto University and Technology Academy Finland in May 2021.

The final of the competition and the award ceremony will be held on 19 May 2021 from 9 am to 5 pm.

 

The first prize is 5,000 euros, the second 3,000 euros and the third 2,000 euros.

Further information: veli-matti.ikavalko@aalto.fi and on Aalto Junior’s website.

 

Check out the 2021 challenge videos!

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Challenge 1.

Professor Merja Penttilä: What different traits found in nature could we transfer with the help of genetic engineering to benefit the world?

Challenge 2.

Professor Risto Rajala: How do we recycle batteries metals that are rare and harmful to the environment

Challenge 3.

Professor Jan Holmström: How do we reduce food waste in stores?