How the competition proceeds

1. Registration phase

The teams of one to four members create a short description of their science project by the 15th 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 15.10.2021.

2. Project phase

The preliminary jury selects up to 30 descriptions from among submissions made on time to continue to the project phase that begins on the 1st of November 2020 and ends on the 10th of December 2020. The teams proceeding to the project phase receive sparring by students from higher education institutions in Turku (University of Turku, Åbo Akademi, Turku Vocational Institute, Yrkeshögskolan Novia). The mentors will receive a remuneration.

Of those teams that have successfully submitted their projects by the 10th od December, the jury will select ten best projects to the semifinals that will be organised on the 14th of January 2022. The selections will be announced the 17th of December 2021.  During the semifinals, 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 held according to the current corona guidelines and will be streamed nationwide.

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). Other assessment criteria will be published on the competition website during the summer of 2021.

How to submit and document the project

The project will be documented in two stages:

1. A written description of the project

  • the project idea – What was the problem the project intended to solve, and how?
  • project work – What was done during the project? What changes did you make to the initial plans?
  • the end result – Describe the end result concisely, on a conceptual/idea level. A more thorough description of the end result will be given in stage 2.

2. A description of the end result or product

  • Describe the end result or product of the project.

The competition has a wide variety of different projects aiming at different final results. Your description can be e.g.

  • a description of the research done or the operating model created in the project
  • an exhibition of a fully functional or prototype app 
  • a storyboard script of a planned app 
  • a description of a finalized device or the blueprints of a planned one, along with a description of its function

Descriptions of both the project and its outcome will be returned in writing (word, pdf or PowerPoint file). 

The deadline for both the description of the project and the description of the end result/product is the 10th of December.

A link to the return portal will be published during the summer of 2021.

3. Project phase II

In the semifinals to be held on the 14 January 2022, the jury will select five best projects to continue to the project phase II. It starts on the 17 January 2022 and ends on the 16 March 2022.

During the project phase II, the teams will finalize their projects with the help of their mentors. The teams are asked to do a five-minute presentation video of their project, which will be presented at the competition award gala in April. More detailed guidelines will be updated during the summer of 2021.

4. The final phase

In the final stage of the competition, the teams' presentations will be presented to the jury, which will select the winner of the competition at the award gala in April 2022.

The jury of the competition consists of representatives of higher education institutions, the City of Turku, Bayer and other partners.

Schedule of the competition

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

15 October 2021
The registration phase ends.

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

1 November 2021
The project phase I begins.

10 December 2021
The project phase I ends.

17 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.

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