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Enter the CHASING GENIUS: UNLIMITED INNOVATION challenge and you could win $25,000 to turn your idea into a catalyst for change in the world
Winner Announced!

Challenge Overview

At National Geographic, we believe transformational ideas

can come from anywhere. From anyone.


National Geographic’s CHASING GENIUS – a digital community designed to inspire, ignite, and enable the genius inside each of us – is back with the UNLIMITED INNOVATION challenge!


From delivering healthcare to saving the planet, our devices and the networks that power them carry unlimited potential to address global issues. With the CHASING GENIUS: UNLIMITED INNOVATION challenge, we invite you to again share your spark of genius for the chance to win $25,000 to further your idea. This time, the theme is connectivity and the ways it can be used to improve our world.


Votes Are In – Winner Announced!

The CHASING GENIUS community gave Nat Geo over a thousand game-changing ideas for how to leverage the power of connectivity to change the world. Check out the winner, who received $25,000 to take their idea further


Please note: Geniuses around the world are invited to share their CHASING GENIUS ideas, regardless of where they live. However, you must be a resident of the fifty (50) U.S. States or the District of Columbia at time of entry to be eligible for the prize. National Geographic hopes to expand the eligibility to include a more international community as the platform evolves and ultimately make it a global platform. Please see the Challenge Rules and FAQ for complete eligibility requirements.


Challenge Updates

Votes are in – Congrats to our winner!

March 21, 2018, 10:24 a.m. PDT by Liz Bender


It’s official – the votes are in for the CHASING GENIUS: UNLIMITED INNOVATION challenge winner! Congrats to our winner, and thank you to all that shared their sparks of genius! The UNLIMITED INNOVATION challenge inspired people all over the globe and unleashed over a thousand potential solutions to leverage technology and the power of connectivity to imagine a better world.

To select a winner, the CHASING GENIUS: UNLIMITED INNOVATION Council reviewed the finalists' ideas and scored them based on creativity, innovation, viability and inspiration. Then, the CHASING GENIUS community voted to choose the idea they thought was best.

Learn more about our winner, who will receive $25,000 to take their idea to the next level, and click to watch the video below



This is it: HOURS left to vote!

March 20, 2018, 8:26 a.m. PDT by Liz Bender


Today is the final day to vote for the UNLIMITED INNOVATION challenge winner! Whether you submitted an idea yourself or are cheering on your fellow community members, we want to hear from you now. Thank you for lending your voice and helping us choose the winner!

Voting closes at 5:00 PM EST, so cast your final vote for your favorite CHASING GENIUS finalist videos now. VOTE NOW.




What is your favorite idea?

March 16, 2018, 7:50 a.m. PDT by Kyla Jeffrey


Have you been cheering on your fellow peers in the CHASING GENIUS community by casting votes for your favorite finalist ideas that have the potential for impact? You can vote daily through March 20th, so keep 'em coming!

Make sure to check out all of our UNLIMITED INNOVATION finalists, let your favorites know why you think they're genius, and spread the word - share on social and with anyone you know who shares your passion for innovation. VOTE NOW.


10 finalists. 1 winner. You decide.

March 15, 2018, 5:16 p.m. PDT by Kyla Jeffrey


Show your support for the ideas that you think have the potential to leverage the network of the future to make an impact for the better. The voting process is easy. Visit the site daily through March 20th, click the vote button on your favorite ideas, and it's done! VOTE NOW.

Ready, set, VOTE

March 13, 2018, 2:59 p.m. PDT by Kyla Jeffrey

IT'S TIME TO VOTE! We asked, and the CHASING GENIUS community delivered – over one thousand ideas were created and shared for how to use the power of connectivity to better our world! Now we need YOUR help to select the winner, which will be determined by YOU — the CHASING GENIUS community. You can vote once a day, every day, through March 20th. So vote now, vote daily, and let your voice help turn a CHASING GENIUS idea into a reality. SEE THE FINALISTS.