MOMENTUM is an opportunity for middle and high school students to take a stand for what they believe in and prove themselves as leaders & change makers


    You can make a difference in the world!


    Social Innovation

    Socially-conscious leadership



    An annual event


    Middle School & High School Students

    We want you!

    We also support


    Help bring innovation to your classroom

    with our exclusive teachers' training


    Social Innovation

    Social Innovation = New strategies, concepts, ideas and organizations that meet social needs in order to strengthen civil society

    How can I be

    a social innovator?

    Using the concepts of design thinking and project-based learning, MOMENTUM helps you learn how to tackle social problems using creativity and critical awareness.

    In the process, you will develop your capacity as a leader, learning how to collaborate with others and communicate effectively within a team.

  • You Will Get...

    Once in a life time opportunity


    Real Impact

    With most competitions, after the finals, the experience is over. At MOMENTUM, the ending is just another beginning.
    Following MOMENTUM, you will possess the knowledge and skills to implement innovative solutions to real problems within your local environment.
    Furthermore, all contestants will also be provided with the opportunity to enter our incubator. Social innovation projects like yours can go on to become genuine companies, NGOs and so on, and even if not, they are sure to bolster a university admission application.

    Genuine Interaction

    with Experts

    Past judges have included:
    Harvard University professors, Northwestern University experts, Duke University admissions interviewers, US Embassy officials, Columbia University experts, social innovation leaders, executives of multinational corporations, public welfare agencies, management consulting firm executives.

    Any of these could end up being your personal mentor and providing you with at least 6 hours of mentoring. Networking with these elite professionals can produce wonderful inspiration, and even personal references and other opportunities.

    Tackle Issues

    Faced by Organizations

    You can independently select your own social issue, or participate in one of our partners' design challenges, where you are challenged to help resolve a social issue that they as an organisation are facing. MOMENTUM partner organisations include foundations, non-profits, education innovation organisations, social Innovation organisations, some of which are included within the world's top 500 and are international corporations. If you can solve these kinds of issues, nobody is going to care what age you are, you're already a superstar.


    All Kinds of Support

    10 step-by-step online courses.
    Online lectures for every stage of the competition.
    1 on 1 Q&A sessions.
    At least 6 hours of in-depth mentoring sessions.
    And for the finalists...
    An extravaganza with constant focus on you.
    Coverage from large media outlets.
    Dedicated networking opportunities with top experts.
    Friends & memories that will last a lifetime.
    The chance to earn funding and a place in a professional incubator.



    With international students, students from all over China, students from both urban and rural backgrounds, and everything in between, no other school experience can connect you with new and unique kinds of people like MOMENTUM can. You will hear stories you will never forget, make friends from places you have never been, and together you will form memories that will truly last a lifetime.



    The end is just the beginning. Following MOMENTUM, we can link you with some great opportunities through our network of organisations. Earn internships with professional organisations or major corporations, or even shadow some of their top employees. While others wait until they graduate from university, you can start your career today!


    2018 MOMENTUM Topic Areas


    2018 MOMENTUM Development Advisor:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Become a True Global Citizen &

    Address the Design Challenges proposed by UNDP



    UNDP will provide guidance on the SDG-related content for the MOMENTUM competition. These materials cannot be used for profit-making purposes.

  • SDG Summer School

    12 of our best students will receive the opportunity to attend this exclusive camp for free!

    SDG Summer School:


    Receive professional coaching from SDG and social innovation experts


    Competition winners will also be offered the opportunity to attend the exclusive Social DevelopmentGoal Summer School, done in collaboration between the UN, Geneva University and Tsinghua University. Across Geneva and various locations across China, students will be mentored around solving the worlds greatest problems, being lead through everything from team problems-solving techniques to prototyping by global experts. This camp was set up with the explicit purpose of creating the global leaders of the future, and this experience is one which could very well change your life forever!

  • Organizers

    MOMENTUM is organized by a coalition of partners, with expertise in education, social development and much more.


    All organizers share a collective goal for the competition, which is to launch students of all backgrounds on a journey to become proactive, socially-conscious leaders.