92Y Genius

Drumroll, please…

Last month, we launched three challenges as part of our 7 Days of Genius Festival to unleash Genius ideas and generate Genius excitement leading up to the official Festival in March. We asked individuals across the United States to tackle some of the biggest issues facing our communities. The bolder and more ambitious the idea the better!

Now, the top six submissions are with the expert judges who are evaluating submissions to decide on first, second, and third place winners. We’re excited to announce these Genius ideas soon, but in the meantime, you can learn more about the competitions below. 

For over a month, submissions were open on Facebook for three competitions. We received hundreds of submissions, and the ones with the most likes moved on to the final round of judging. In addition to cash prizes, winners will be connected to experts relevant to their idea and may have the opportunity to have their idea featured on MSNBC.

Here’s what we asked:

1. Start-Up Challenge

92Y and Impact Hub partnered to unearth the next generation of social entrepreneurs. Do you have an idea that could impact communities, environments and cultures in an innovative way? We’re looking to accelerate the growth of early-stage companies with the potential to have a major positive impact on our world.

2. Design for Good (for high school students)

What are your community’s biggest needs? Team up with up to three classmates and submit your solution to one of your community’s biggest problems through a human-centered design process. Winning submissions will leverage a design thinking process: integrating the needs of people, the potential of new technologies and innovation.

3. Challenge for a New Religion 

92Y and On Being invite you to imagine a religious or philosophical framework that that cuts across boundaries, strengthens our sense of community and acts as a force for good. Design a framework for a new belief system — or a reimagining of an existing belief system — and share it with us.

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