Millennium Youth Prize

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

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-year 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.

The categories of the Millennium Youth Prize are often the same as the prize categories for previous years of the Millennium Technology Prize  (health technologies and new sustainable development energy solutions). However, the categories may vary yearly. Both awards encourage the development of new solutions for improving quality of life.

2020 Millennium Youth Prize

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.

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.

Due to the corona pandemic situation, there has been a change in the project schedule. Current information can also be found on Aalto Junior’s website (in finnish).

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

The next challenges for young innovators are published! Sign up and read more in Finnish!

Participants must submit their proposals by 7th September 2020.

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

The final of the competition and the award ceremony will be held on 9th October 2020 in Otaniemi, Espoo.

Download event poster here.


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Check out the challenge videos!

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Challenge 1.

Pro­fes­sor Hele Savin: How do we harness the potential of light to combat climate change?

Challenge 2.

Pro­fes­sor Mikko Möt­tö­nen: How could a quantum computer be beneficial in solving real-life computational problems?

Challenge 3.

Pro­fes­sor Peter LundHow to reduce carbon dependency in our society?

Challenge 4.

Pro­fes­sor Moni­ka Öster­bergHow to remove plastic pollution from the oceans?