How many members can a team have?
As many as you would like. There is no limit to the number of people on a team. You may also work solo. Note however that the team prize amount remains $5,000 regardless of team size.

Can a school have more than one team?
Yes, as many teams as they like.

Can a Faculty member advise more than one team?
Yes, some faculty are using the iOme Challenge as an option for a student project.

Can we have international students on our Team?
Yes, as long as they are enrolled in school or program that is affiliated with a U.S. college or university.

How much can a Faculty Advisor assist our team?
The Faculty Advisors are just that: advisors. The essay needs to be the work of the student team, not the work of a faculty member.

How will the essays be judged?
Check out the judging criteria: GO HERE.

Will the judges know what school our entry is from?
No, all judging will be done blindly. The Rules Clearly State: Your essay should not include any identifying information.

How will our entry be identified as being for our Team?
A submission form and number will accompany each entry.

What is the deadline for submitting an entry?
The deadline for entries is midnight on May 19, 2024.

When is the forum in Washington, DC?
The forum featuring the iOme Challenge winners will take place in Washington DC on Thursday, June 20, 2024. The forum will be held virtually if COVID-19 restrictions require it.

Are teams required to participate in the forum?
Yes, we ask that all or at least most of the team members be available to participate in the forum. Winners in previous years have said this experience was the best part of participating in the iOme Challenge.

Are travel costs paid for?
If the forum is held as an in-person event in 2022, a travel stipend will be provided to cover some costs, but please note that it may not cover all travel expenses depending on the size of the team. In the event the forum is held virtually due to Covid-19, no stipend for travel will be provided.

What is the team’s role in the forum?
The winning team will participate in a panel at the forum that will include team members and 1-2 moderators. It is more of an informal, moderated discussion than a formal presentation. The team will provide a ten minute overview of their essay and will discuss how it addresses the challenges outlined in the question. The moderators will then lead a discussion and Q&A with the audience.

How do we register our team?
Simply go to the Registration page and complete the online form.

How do we submit our entry?
Simply go to the “For Students” section of the website and submit the essay online.

How long should our Essay be?
Essays may be any length up to the maximum of 5,000 words (about 10 pages single spaced).

Who should we talk to if we have questions?
First talk to your Faculty Advisor. If you still have questions, contact us at info@iomechallenge.org