WHO IS IT FOR?

Who Is This For?

ChangeX Challenges are designed for young people who want to change the world. If you’re a teenager (or if you work with one) who recognizes that there are big problems facing humanity and wants to make a difference, ChangeX is for you. This experience will put you on the fast track to develop the skills you’ll need to maximize your impact, get out of the classroom and do something real.

Who Is This For?

These are the two types of people who can start teams:

Youth Leader

High school students interested in gaining hands-on experience with social entrepreneurship and technology. No formal school affiliation is required to participate. Teams may be entirely student-led, but we recommend recruiting an adult who can serve as your coach and connect you with local resources.

Adult Coach

Teachers, parents, and summer program leaders interested in running an extracurricular maker & innovation program. As an adult coach, your role will be to recruit a local team, provide organizational support when needed, and connect your team with local resources and opportunities. This highly flexible, ad-hoc program is designed to fit just about anyone’s schedule.

Who Is This For?

Here’s what you’ll need to take part in ChangeX:

2-8 people, ages 13-19

Team members must be between the ages of 13 and 19 on the first day of the program. Minors under the age of 18 will need to complete a parental consent form to participate. Each team may also have up to two adult (aged 20+) coaches. Coaches can help organize team meetings, answer questions, and connect participants with local resources, but may not play a leading role in the development of the team’s solution.

4+ Hours/Week for 9 Weeks

Teams must complete a minimum number of design activities to remain in the program. These basic activities require about 4 hours/week to complete. You will typically have 14-21 days to complete each activity, which gives your team the flexibility to meet whenever is convenient for you.

Internet-Connected Devices

Your team will need an internet connection via computer, smartphone or tablet to access the ChangeX Challenge Platform. High-speed connectivity will be beneficial for many of the optional skill-building activities, but should not be necessary for any of the core design work your team will be doing.

Low-Cost Materials

Materials recommended for participating in ChangeX include paper, pens, post-it notes, and scrap materials like cardboard and tape for prototyping. Additional equipment and materials will vary depending on your team’s unique interests and approach to the challenge prompt. YOU DO NOT NEED advanced makerspace tools like 3D printers, laser cutters, shop tools, and soldering irons to succeed in this program. That said, if you have access to these tools and want to use them, go for it! Just remember that our judges would rather see a well-designed prototype made of cardboard than a flashy piece of tech that won’t solve the challenge.

Space to Meet

Your team will need a place to meet on a regular basis. This could be at school, your public library, or a team member’s house… anywhere works as long as it’s reliable. Try to find a location with a table, chairs and some blank wall space. Access to a whiteboard is a big plus. Dedicated space is helpful but not necessary.

Who Is This For?

Here’s what you’ll need to take part in ChangeX:

2-8 people, ages 13-19

Team members must be between the ages of 13 and 19 on the first day of the program. Minors under the age of 18 will need to complete a parental consent form to participate. Each team may also have up to two adult (aged 20+) coaches. Coaches can help organize team meetings, answer questions, and connect participants with local resources, but may not play a leading role in the development of the team’s solution.

4+ Hours/Week for 9 Weeks

Teams must complete a minimum number of design activities to remain in the program. These basic activities require about 4 hours/week to complete. You will typically have 14-21 days to complete each activity, which gives your team the flexibility to meet whenever is convenient for you.

Internet-Connected Devices

Your team will need an internet connection via computer, smartphone or tablet to access the ChangeX Challenge Platform. High-speed connectivity will be beneficial for many of the optional skill-building activities, but should not be necessary for any of the core design work your team will be doing.

Low-Cost Materials

Materials recommended for participating in ChangeX include paper, pens, post-it notes, and scrap materials like cardboard and tape for prototyping. Additional equipment and materials will vary depending on your team’s unique interests and approach to the challenge prompt. YOU DO NOT NEED advanced makerspace tools like 3D printers, laser cutters, shop tools, and soldering irons to succeed in this program. That said, if you have access to these tools and want to use them, go for it! Just remember that our judges would rather see a well-designed prototype made of cardboard than a flashy piece of tech that won’t solve the challenge.

Space to Meet

Your team will need a place to meet on a regular basis. This could be at school, your public library, or a team member’s house… anywhere works as long as it’s reliable. Try to find a location with a table, chairs and some blank wall space. Access to a whiteboard is a big plus. Dedicated space is helpful but not necessary.

Who Is This For?

Do I need to be super techie?

NO. ChangeX is designed to require no previous experience before the challenge begins. You will be required to build at least two prototypes of your idea over the summer, but this doesn’t mean we expect flashy robots and slick apps. The primary purpose of an early prototype is to prove that your idea solves the problem, not that it’s technically feasible. (Many companies have failed because they build expensive products, only to realize after launching that no one wants them.) In fact, some of the best prototypes are extremely low-tech. Don’t believe us? Check out this TED talk from Google’s Tom Chi.

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