How the competition proceeds

1. Registration phase

The teams of one to four members create a short description of their science project by the 25th of October. The description must include:

1)    Short description of the idea

The proposed solution may be related to, for instance, climate change prevention, sustainable solutions, wellbeing technology, health technology, reducing poverty or illnesses, reducing littering of seas or other prevention of threats to the future of humanity and/or the planet. Creativity, innovation and STEAM spirit are considered a plus!

For inspiration, please check out The United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.

2)    Short description of the project (tasks and procedures)

Describe briefly how the project is implemented, who implements it, through what kind of procedures and on what schedule. The participants will receive expert support from higher education students for implementing the project. The materials needed for the project are acquired by the participants themselves or through their educational institution.

The participants will receive expert support for the implementation of the project from the students of Turku Technology Campus from the project phase I starting the 1st of November. We encourage the competitors to unleash their creativity at the design stage, as it is possible to narrow down the idea with the help of an expert at a later stage of the competition!

3)    The expected result

Describe briefly what the expected result is like (e.g. a new device or a new operating model).

The written description of the project will be submitted electronically by 25.10.2021.

2. Project phase I

The preliminary jury selects 25 descriptions from among submissions made on time to continue to the project phase I that begins on the 1st of November 2020 and ends on the 8th of December 2020. The teams proceeding to the project phase receive mentoring from students from higher education institutions in Turku (University of Turku, Åbo Akademi, Turku Vocational Institute, Yrkeshögskolan Novia). The mentors will receive a remuneration for their work.

Of those teams that have successfully submitted their projects by the 8th of December, the jury will select ten best projects to the semifinal that will be organised on the 14th of January 2022. The selections of semifinalists will be announced on the 21st of December 2021. During the semifinal, the teams will be able to present their projects to the jury, which will select five best projects to continue to the project phase II starting on the 17th of January 2022. 

The semifinals will be organised virtually and will be streamed nationwide.

Throughout the competition the most important criterion for assessing the projects is how means of science and technology have been used in the project to solve a problem related to sustainable development (ecological, social, financial or human). 

Delivarable of the project phase I:

In project phase I, each team will work to develop and refine the project plan that the teams previously submitted to this competition. The deliverable of this project phase is a written report of max. 5 pages, excluding the title page, table of contents, list of sources, and appendices / attachments. The report should be submitted in written form as a Word document or PDF.
Evaluation criteria for Project Phase I:

The reports will be evaluated by the jury panel based on the following criteria:

1. The significance, scope, and nature of the problem/challenge that the project focuses on

- The significance and impact of the sustainable development problem that the team has chosen will be assessed.

2. Level and quality of the written report

- The structure of the written report will be assessed (e.g. the definition of the problem, hypotheses, investigation of the background, and other structural aspects)

3. The proposed solution to the sustainable development problem

- Especially the originality and creativity of the proposed solution will be reviewed.

Semifinal 14.01.2022

In the semifinal, the top ten teams will present their projects to the competition’s jury panel, who will select the five best teams to continue with project phase II of the competition. The semifinalists will present their projects in the form of an “elevator pitch” followed by a Q&A with the jury members. (More information about the elevator pitches will be sent later.)

Evaluation criteria for the semi-final:

  1. Level and quality of the elevator pitch
  • Presentation skills, materials and methods used
  1. Implementation of the plan
  • Structure of the plan, feasibility of the presented solution, how logical and realistic the timeline is
  1. Ability to respond to the jury panel's questions

3. Project phase II & finale

During project phase II the remaining five teams are expected to work on a demo or prototype version of their project, including a proof of concept (= evidence that demonstrates that the solution is feasible). The demo / prototype and proof of concept are to be presented within 10 minutes during the finale (01.04.2022) to the jury panel. The teams are free to decide the method and materials used for presenting their concept and virtual materials need to be submitted no later than 16.03.2022 at 12.00. (Physical prototypes should be brought by the team to the finale, please notify the project team in advance) If the pandemic situation allows it, the finale will be organised face-to-face in real life.

Evaluation criteria for the finale:

  1. Follow through of the project from conception to conclusion (carrying out project)
  • The development of the project from start to end / from idea to end product
  1. Design and the functioning of the prototype / demo
  • Skill, care, and thoroughness & proof of concept
  1. Ability to respond to the jury panel's questions

The jury will select and award the winners in the finale.

The jury of the competition consists of representatives of higher education institutions, the City of Turku, Bayer and other partners. You can check the members from here.

Schedule of the competition

11 August 2021
The competition is opened at The registration phase begins.

25 October 2021
The registration phase ends.

29 October 2021
The preliminary jury's decisions are announced.

1 November 2021
The project phase I begins.

8 December 2021
The project phase I ends.

21 December 2021
The ten teams selected for the semifinals will be announced.

14 January 2022
Beyond 2030 Challenge semifinals. The jury will select the five best teams for the second phase of the project.

17 January 2022
The project phase II begins.

16 March 2022
The project phase II ends.

1 April 2022
Beyond 2030 Challenge award gala, where the winners of the competition will be selected.