The Conrad Challenge is an opportunity for students from all over the world to come together and create solutions that promote innovation and entrepreneurship. This is a chance for students between the ages of 13 and 18 to learn about entrepreneurship, make friends, and use their skills in science, technology, and innovation to solve global problems.
California-based Cupertino High School students Aarush Yadav, 14, and Arihan Yadav, 17, were in one such finalist team during the its 2021-22 edition for a Universal Messaging app that enables speech, vision, and hearing impaired people live a full life both in the real world (e.g. video conferencing) and the metaverse. Using the app, people with speech, vision, and hearing disabilities can communicate with those who do not understand sign language. This year’s edition had 950 teams in total and Arihan Yadav and Aarush Yadav were among the finalists chosen.
Teams that took part in the second round of the event represented over 2,000 students from 45 countries. If you’re a student between the ages of 13 and 18, you’re eligible to join the challenge. You must participate as a member of a team of 2-5 students. You can form a team with schoolmates, siblings, camp friends, or any other eligible students you know. You and your teammates may compete from any corner of the globe. If you’ve competed in a previous year, you may compete again as long as you still meet the age criteria and other requirements. The experience of taking part in the Conrad Challenge was extremely beneficial for us. We learned a lot about investing and the business world, and we also improved our public speaking skills and ability to come up with practical solutions to modern problems.
My brother Arihan, who is my co-founder, emphasizes the importance of the networking opportunities that were available throughout the event. He recalls meeting other finalist teams and says that the Conrad community was very supportive. There are four divisions in the Conrad Challenge: aerospace & aviation, cyber-technology & security, energy & environment, and health & nutrition. We’re grateful to have had the opportunity to take part in such a well-rounded and informative event.