Introduction of competition

YouthMaker Technology and Science Fair is a global platform for research competition and cultural exchange. The event is endorsed and supported by experts and faculty from leading institutions such as MIT Fab Lab Program, Stanford Digital Vision Fellowship Program, Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute etc. The mission of the Science Fair is to encourage teenagers participate in STEM projects and conduct original research that can contribute to social welfare. Since 2017, YouthMaker has attracted more than 2000 student participants, who have submitted over 500 projects. Invited guest judges include the Dean of CMU Robotics Institute, Founder of FabFoundation, Dean of Minerva and Chinese Changjiang Scholars. Past students have been recommended to leading institutions such as MIT, Stanford, UChicago etc. Some exceptional participants have been enrolled in graduate-level research program such as RSI, SSPT and other research opportunities. In 2019, YouthMaker will be open to participants with the age between 12 and 19.


YouthMaker is a two-day competition where Day One is Round One, Day Two is Round Two. 10 out of 30 will break into Round Two from Round One. 6 out of the 10 will break as winners from Round Two.
  • March 15
    April 1

    YouthMaker Spring Round

  • May 15
    July 8

    Project Submission

  • July 21
    July 22

    Grand Final



The competition is for all 12 to 19 year olds. Participants can represent themselves individually or in teams of two.

  •     Invention and creation
  •     Electricity and electronics
  •     Robotics
  •     Computer Science
  •     Mathematics

Participants need to submit research proposal to the Committee. Selected participants with proposals to standard will enter Round One.


Before applying, make sure to read through the full guidelines here: Complete Guidelines   download


  • March 15 –April 1, YouthMaker Spring Round

  • May 15-July 8, Project Submission

  • July 1, Quarter Finalists Announcement

  • July 21-July 22, Grand Final

  • July 21, Opening ceremony

  • July 21, Quarter Final Round

  • July 22, Final Oral Defence

  • July 22, Closing & Awarding Ceremony

  • (Please continue pay attention to website information about the detailed schedule)


Submit Content

  • Questions/ Background. Describe the problems and assumptions you are investigating, or the problems that you are trying to solve and the results you are expecting.

  • Research program. Introduce the research which you are doing and its impact to the whole project.

  • Tests and results. Describe in detail about how to carry out experiments or test solutions.

  • Conclusions. Explain how experiments or tests answer the questions, or why the questions can’t be answered, whether the results meet expectations.

  • references/acknowledgements.



Youthmaker is committed to finding young people who are truly passionate about science and innovation and take active solutions to solve problems. Here are some criteria that are competitive in the judgment. Eventually, Regional Finalist Awards (Top30) /Global Finalist Awards (Top10)/the Grand Prize Winner will stand out for their outstanding working. The winners will receive recommendation letters from adjudicators of the year.

Scientific and technological points

       Does the project reflect the nature of interdisciplinary study?
       How difficult is the project or the problem identified?
       How original is author’s approach?

Social value

       How does this project contribute to humanity?
       Is the research or project applicable to a wide audience?


       How well does the author perform in explaining the scientific
       detail of and defending the value of his project?


       To what extent does the author complete his project?


  • Kanade Takeo
    Kanade Takeo
    Professor,Carnegie Mellon University

    Professor,Carnegie Mellon University Takeo Kanade is a Japanese computer scientist and one of the world's foremost researchers in computer vision. He is U.A. and Helen Whitaker Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He has approximately 300 peer-reviewed academic publications and holds around 20 patents. He has served for many government, industrial, and university advisory boards, including the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) of the National Research Council, NASA's Advanced Technology Advisory Committee, etc.

  • Richard Holman
    Richard Holman
    Dean of Computational Sciences Minerva University

    Holman is the Principal Investigator for Carnegie Mellon's DOE High Energy Theory grant. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the University of Florida, and an NRC Postdoctoral Fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.He received numerous awards, including the Richard Moore Award for Sustained Contributions to Education for the Mellon College of Science.He published over 100 articles on early universe cosmology and quantum field theory.

  • John Dolan
    John Dolan
    The Robotics Institute Carnegie Mellon University

    Principal Systems Scientist,The Robotics Institute,Carnegie Mellon University Professor Dolan, an expert in robotics, is excellent in multi robot and human interaction communication theories which have a profound impact on the reliability of unmanned and robot applications. Dolan's research has been published in the top journals of intelligent robots and intelligent driving plates such as IEEE.

  • Gannes Stuart
    Gannes Stuart
    Co-founder of FabFoundation and Fab Lab

    Stuart Gannes is an founder, adviser, investor and Board member in media and education companies. Specialties: The Maker Movement, global opportunities for Internet services, education and training. Previously Gannes created and managed AT&T Labs' Internet applications studio in Menlo Park, California. At Stanford University he directed the Digital Vision Fellowship Program. As SG Ventures, Gannes works with MakerMedia.com, Moravia.com, GimletMedia.com, and the FabFoundation.org.


Regional Finalist Awards (Top 30)

The list of 30 winners will be announced on the website on July 15, 2018.

Global Finalists Awards (Top 10)

The list of 10 winners will participate in the finals on July 21-22, 2018.

Gold, Silver, Bronze Awards

One jury will review each project and select winners.


The Organizing Committee will select outstanding student volunteers, outstanding organization, etc.
The list of winners will be announced on the website around July 25, 2018.