2020 Wege Prize for Inspiring College and University Students around the World

Deadline: November 10, 2019.

Wege Prize is an annual competition that ignites game-changing solutions for the future by inspiring college/university students around the world to collaborate across institutional, disciplinary, and cultural boundaries to redesign the way economies work. Participants contend for over $30,000 (USD) in total cash prizes, all while helping to show the world what the future of problem solving looks like.

Wege Prize teams must leverage their transdisciplinary makeup to collaboratively design and propose a solution to a wicked problem  of their choosing that can, in turn, help solve the wicked problem of transitioning from a linear economic model to a circular economic model. Possible solutions include, but are not limited to:
• Products
• Services
• Businesses or non-profit organizations
Over the course of nine months and four disti



1. Individual Participation Requirements

To be eligible to participate on a Wege Prize 2020 team, you must:

  • Attend a college, university, or equivalent institution of higher education anywhere in the world

  • Be a student enrolled in a full-time (or equivalent) undergraduate or graduate program*

*Both undergraduate and graduate level students are eligible to compete. Teams can be composed of both undergraduate and graduate students if they so choose. 

2. Team Participation Requirements

To be eligible to participate in Wege Prize 2020, teams must:

  • Have exactly five members

  • Represent at least three (3) different academic disciplines*

  • Represent at least two (2) different institutions of higher education, such as colleges, universities, or separate colleges/schools within a larger university. (For instance, a team member from Example University’s School of Engineering and a team member from Example University’s School of Earth Sciences would be considered as representing two different institutions.)*



Winning teams will split the following awards evenly between their five members:

First Place: $15,000 (USD)

Second Place: $10,000 (USD)

Third Place: $5,000 (USD)




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