What is the iOme (I Owe Me) Challenge?
Register for the iOme Challenge!
The 2021 iOme Challenge is now OPEN for registrations! This year, students are challenged to rethink one or all of the traditional pillars of the retirement system and propose changes that better fit the needs of future retirees and in particular Gen Z. Your team will research current problems, options for solutions and submit a policy paper not to exceed 5,000 words. Please see this year’s Challenge prompt here and review the FAQs and assemble a team. Your team can register here.
“Since participating in the iOme Challenge, I was awarded the Truman Scholarship and will also be interning with the Senate HELP Committee. Both of these accomplishments have been directly made possible by the iOme Challenge and the way it helped spark a passion in me for the subject of retirement policy. For that, I am very grateful for the work your organization (WISER/iOme) is doing!”
– Evan Avila, 2018 iOme Challenge Winner from the University of Maryland Baltimore County
The iOme Challenge was started in 2009. In 2016, the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER®) took on the management of the iOme Challenge, and continues to expand its reach and impact.
Honorable Mention 2020
Congratulations to Emily Hower, who was awarded Honorable Mention for her essay calling for strengthening and improving Social Security, particularly for women and low-wage workers. Emily is an architecture student at Ball State University. Read Emily’s essay.