What is the iOme Challenge?

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 10,000-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.


The 2016/2017 iOme Challenge Winner!  

This year’s winning team was a first-ever collaborative effort across schools.  Team members include: Yankang (Bennie) Chen, Columbia University; Jiayu (Kamessi) Zhao, Columbia University; Siheng (Asa) Li, Amherst College; and Qiufeng (Joseph) Zhang, Duke University.  The team’s faculty advisor is Prof. Jonathan E. Vogel, Columbia University. The team shared a $5,000 prize and presented their winning paper at a national symposium in Washington, DC on June 21, 2017.

Check out the Challenge question to learn about the topic that this year’s teams addressed.

Read the winning essay and watch the video.

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Contact iOme Challenge

Email: info@iomechallenge.org

Phone: 202-618-1044

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