Lists of Awards/competitions for Student Innovators*

San Francisco Bay Area based

Google Ideas

Google Ideas is a team of engineers, researchers and geopolitical experts who build products to support free expression and access to information, especially in repressive societies. We focus on the problems faced by people who live in unstable, insolated, or oppressive environments, including the billions of people who are coming online for the first time. With the right tools, we can make the internet more free and open. Many of us take the internet for granted, but for human rights activists, journalists, and artists living under censorship, a free and open internet can be a matter of life and death. We believe that technology can profoundly expand access to information for people who need it most.

Featured projects:

1.     We build product to help people under digital attack

2.     We build product to help people investigate corruption

3.     We build product to help people defense against hackers

4.     Against violent extremism network


TED Prize

The TED Prize is awarded to an individual with a creative, bold vision to spark global change. By leveraging the TED community’s resources and investing $1 million into a powerful idea, each year the TED Prize supports one wish to inspire the world.


Google Impact Challenge

The Impact Challenge invited nonprofits to share their bright ideas for a better Bay Area. An impressive roster from fields like education, housing, youth engagement and more came to participate. A panel of community advisors helped review their submissions, and the community voted for their favorite projects. The four organizations that received the most public votes were each awarded $500,000 grant funding. The remaining six from the top 10 received a $250,000 grant. Fifteen additional finalists were also selected to receive a $100,000 grant to scale their impact in the community. All 25 nonprofits will receive technical support from Google and one year of accelerator support through Impact Hub SF (  


Singularity University: Global Impact Challenge


Global Impact Competitions are annual competitions held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by geography and theme. These competitions act as a platform to identify outstanding entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists and engineers with the most innovative ideas for positively impacting millions of lives locally and globally within the next 3-5 years. The winner of each competition is invited to attend the Graduate Studies Program (GSP) free of charge. (



Red Dot Design Award

1.   The Product Design competition has existed since 1954. Its award, the Red Dot, is an internationally recognized quality seal. The best products receive the Red Dot: Best of the Best award.

2.   The competition for Design Concepts and Prototypes is held annually in Singapore. The highest award for the best of all concepts is the Red Dot: Luminary which includes prize money of SGD 5,000.

3.   The highest award in the Communication Design competition is the “Red Dot: Grand Prix” for the best work in a category. The “Red Dot: Junior Prize”, which includes prize money of 10,000 euros, will be awarded to the best student work.


IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America)

International Design Excellence Awards
IDEA is a premier international design competition, recognizing and promoting excellence across a wide array of industries and disciplines, including commercial products, entertainment, home goods, social impact designs and student designs. Gold Silver and Bronze winners are recognized. Winning entries receive worldwide press and are housed in a permanent collection at the Henry Ford.



Westly Prize

We believe that small bets and a growth mindset lead to breakthrough discoveries. If you’ve built something that could make the world a better place, we want to know about it. Each year we award $20,000 prizes to young innovators in California with solutions to community problems. Whether you’re an entrepreneur working out of a garage or intrapreneur in a big organization, take a few minutes and share your innovative solution with us.


Innovations in Government Award

ASH center for Democratic Governance and Innovation (Harvard U)

Ash Center Announces Finalists, Top 25 Innovations in Government (May 5, 2015)

Cambridge, Mass. – May 5, 2015 – Today the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, announced the Top 25 programs in this year’s Innovations in American Government Awards competition, including the five finalists who will compete for the $100,000 grand prize on May 20 in Cambridge. These government initiatives represent the dedicated efforts of city, state, and federal governments, and address such policy issues as economic development, environmental and community revitalization, public health, equal access to education, emergency preparedness, and health care. These programs were selected by a cohort of policy experts, researchers, and practitioners.


*All information compiled here has been directly copy pasted from what was on the respective organizations' websites. Please explore the website links provided for more information.