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Moonshot’s Awards 2022 is the inaugural year of our global ceremony recognizing exceptional young mission-driven founders and change-makers.

The Awards will reward leaders in sustainable development, helping them move closer to addressing the UN SDGs by providing prize money, connections, and PR exposure that allows them to inspire on the global scale. Additionally, the winners will be joining the Moonshot Youth Leaders Camp.

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Timetable

September 30
Submission deadline
October 14
Shortlist
Week of November 14
Awards Ceremony

Moonshot Idea Award

Why do we need Moonshot Ideas?

Moonshot ideas are catalysts of change. They have the power to set the course of world’s history (or rather, the future) in either a better or worse direction. To be on the right side of history, and ensure the prevalence of only the positive value-creating ideas, we seek to support evolutionary developments in natural sciences, humanities, arts, and ethics which are only mental seedlings, awaiting realization through physical acts.

Jury

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What’s the main topic?

SDGs-related technological innovations.

Who can apply?

Any ‘digital citizens’ (15-25 years old) with ideas serving other digital citizens.

What can you win?

1st place: 10.000 USD
1st, 2nd & 3rd place: exclusive invitation to Moonshot Young Leaders Acceleration Camp with world-class mentors, including room & board.

Exclusion

No established organizations.

Moonshot Start-Up Award

Why do we need Moonshot Start-ups?

Startups are the future of business. Small in company size but massive in impact potential, these mission-driven organizations break molds, fix problems, and empower a more positive future. We aim to help them change a piece of the world in a positive way, particularly those who have yet to receive any formal support or funding.

Jury

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What’s the main topic?

SDGs-related technological innovations.

Who can apply?

Any startups led by ‘digital citizens’ (18-30 years old) with solutions serving other digital citizens.

What can you win?

1st place: 10.000 USD
1st, 2nd & 3rd place: exclusive invitation to Moonshot Young Leaders Acceleration Camp with world-class mentors, including room & board.

Exclusion

No startups that have gone through an investment round.

Moonshot Learning Award

Why do we need Moonshot Learning?

The Covid-19 pandemic upended almost every aspect of school at once. ‘The school’ and education overall, an institution/industry too often in the background and almost taken for granted, has been changed forever, placing a lot of stress on students and educators alike. Particularly in the 21st century, a period of growing demands that students from preschool to college must keep up to date with, the world requires new ways to harness technology, spark students’ creativity, provide the services they need to succeed – let’s help accelerate these.

Jury

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What’s the main topic?

Inclusive and equitable quality education. Mental Health of students. [SDGs 3 + 4]

Who can apply?

Founders, inventors, and entire initiatives building the future of learning and aiding students’ mental health.

What can you win?

1st place: 10.000 USD
1st, 2nd & 3rd place: exclusive invitation to Moonshot Young Leaders Acceleration Camp with world-class mentors, including room & board.

Exclusion

No governmental organizations.

Moonshot Borderless Award

Why do we need the Moonshot Borderless Award?

A strenuous geopolitical situation in multiple parts of the world is causing disruption to the lives of over 2 billion people living in these conflict-affected areas and often causing major displacement of entire cultural groups. Civilian casualties and major destruction of civilian infrastructure has forced millions to flee their homes seeking safety, protection, and assistance – creating a new wave of refugees and destroying the cultural heritage of many indigenous communities. In light of the emergency and the scale of humanitarian needs, we look to support initiatives that serve minority communities on a “for the people, by the people” principle.

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What’s the main topic?

Minority support. Philanthropy. Activism. [SDGs]

Who can apply?

Individuals or teams from indigenous, migrant, internally displaced or refugee communities anywhere in the world.

What can you win?

1st place: 10.000 USD
1st, 2nd & 3rd place: exclusive invitation to Moonshot Young Leaders Acceleration Camp with world-class mentors, including room & board.

Exclusion

No governmental organizations.

Emergency Response Award

Why do we need the Moonshot Emergency Response Award?

Responding to emergencies quickly and efficiently is a challenge of growing importance in today’s turbulent world full of looming natural, technological, geopolitical, and other threats. Thanks to a number of emerging innovations, it is becoming easier for everyday citizens to assess threats, share information, and plan responses to the most urgent of emergencies. We seek to help the most promising initiatives achieve scale for larger impact.

Jury

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What’s the main topic?

Social innovation. [SDGs]

Who can apply?

An initiative launched to respond to an emergency, seeking self-sustainability before scaling.

What can you win?

1st place: 10.000 USD
1st, 2nd & 3rd place: exclusive invitation to Moonshot Young Leaders Acceleration Camp with world-class mentors, including room & board.

Exclusion

No governmental organizations.

Grand Prix Moonshot Award

Why do we need the Grand Prix Moonshot Award?

Monumental changes require monumental efforts, great sacrifices, plenty of time, a couple of brilliant minds, and often significant resources and investments. Every idea, project, or initiative that makes it through a scrutinizing selection process all the way to the final is bound to possess almost all: a bright motivated team with a grand vision to make change and an innovative proposition to match. Let’s ensure the resource piece isn’t missing either for the single project that is crowned winner!

Jury

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What’s the main topic?

All of the above.

Who can apply?

Everyone who has applied for any of the previously mentioned categories is automatically considered for this award as well.

What can you win?

40.000 USD

Exclusion

Respective to each of the previous categories.

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Testimonials

“I believe that the current times are fracturing the attention of the population and it is necessary to rebuild community and share positive ideas in new ways. A key aspect inherent in Moonshot is also the pursuit of mutual inspiration across social groups and types of actors that can break social bubbles and contribute to the necessary cohesion and inclusion of society.

Mgr. Petr Bilík, Ph.d.
Department of Theater and Film Studies/Palacky University Olomoc

“We had the opportunity to understand how academic institutions and leaders are dealing with our common challenges. The movement (Moonshot Platform) exposed for us the need to re-engineer our educational system including people (leadership), process, technology, and systems.”

Dr. Nixon
Founder, t-lab

“I think the main thing we learned is we need to take more moonshots. Moonshots are really a way that people imagine the problems can be solved and work together through dialogue and require people to hope and to really think forward about what can be done.”

Madeleine Albright
Former US Secretary of State & Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group
Mgr. Petr Bilík, Ph.d.

“I believe that the current times are fracturing the attention of the population and it is necessary to rebuild community and share positive ideas in new ways. A key aspect inherent in Moonshot is also the pursuit of mutual inspiration across social groups and types of actors that can break social bubbles and contribute to the necessary cohesion and inclusion of society.

Department of Theater and Film Studies/Palacky University Olomoc
Dr. Nixon
Founder, t-lab

“We had the opportunity to understand how academic institutions and leaders are dealing with our common challenges. The movement (Moonshot Platform) exposed for us the need to re-engineer our educational system including people (leadership), process, technology, and systems.”

Madeleine Albright

“I think the main thing we learned is we need to take more moonshots. Moonshots are really a way that people imagine the problems can be solved and work together through dialogue and require people to hope and to really think forward about what can be done.”

Former US Secretary of State & Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group

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