The iOme (I OWE ME) Challenge works to raise awareness about the impact of financial security in retirement on the social and economic well-being of our society.

The iOme (I Owe Me) Challenge works to raise awareness about the impact of financial security in retirement on the social and economic well-being of our society.

Student teams from across the country respond to the annual iOme Challenge question in the form of a 5,000-word essay and short promotional video. A blue ribbon panel judges submissions and selects the winning team. The team wins a financial award and is invited to Washington, DC to present its submission at a symposium and to discuss it with public policymakers.

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Announcing the 2019 iOme Challenge Winners

The iOme Challenge is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 iOme Challenge competition! The winning team is from Michigan Technological University. The students—Zach Rosenbaum, Cole Peppin, and John Ruf—were selected for their essay “The Basic Proposal: Retirement Policy for a New Generation.” The faculty advisor for the team is Emanuel Xavier-Oliveira, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Business & Economics at Michigan Tech. As the winner of the Challenge, the team will receive a $5,000 prize and present their essay at a forum in Washington, DC on June 19, 2019. The forum is open to the public and registration is now open. The team’s essay and video in response to this year’s Challenge question will be posted soon.  Congratulations!

Congratulations Evan!

The 2018 winner of the iOme Challenge, Evan Avila, will be interning this summer with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. He was also named a 2019 Truman Scholar! Evan said “both of these accomplishments have been directly made possible by the iOme Competition and the way it helped spark a passion in me for the subject of retirement policy.”