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 committed to finding young people who are truly passionate about science and innovation and take active solutions to solve problems. In the 2019 competition, the new section Youth Scholar and Youth Maker will be dedicated to comprehensively exploring the research capabilities and innovative thinking of young Maker.

 Youth Scholar

Focusing on scientific research, the Youth Scholar encourages contestants to design, experiment and submit rigorous scientific research papers through scientific research methods.

 Youth Maker

Youth Maker focuses on creative ideas, encourages contestants to develop their ideas around relevant subject areas, and through technical demonstrations, design and production to finalize project prototype design.


The time of the 2019 YouthMaker is based on Beijing time (China National Standard Time) and is used to determine the time of receipt of each entry.
  • March 20th
    June 16th

    Open Entry Project Submission

  • June 22
    July 15

    Publication of Semi-Final List and Optimized Submission of Items

  • July 28
    July 30

    Opening Ceremony & Education Forum



The competition is for all 12 to 19 year olds. Participants can represent themselves individually or in teams of two. All participants must be at least 12 years old, born from July 1st, 2000 to March 20th, 2007. If participants reach 19 years old at the phase of project submission, he will not lose the qualification. The consent of parents or legal guardians for enrolling the competition is prerequisite.

  •     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 20th - June 16th, Open Entry Project Submission

  • June 22 - July 15, Publication of Semi-Final List and Optimized Submission of Items

  • July 28th, Register

  • July 29, Public Days/10 Strong Selection/Masters Hall

  • On July 30, the top 10 public face-to-face defense session

  • July 30th, Awards Dinner

  • (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.

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

    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.

  • 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, the U.S. Presidential Scholar Teacher Award, and so on.

  • 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.


Regional Finalists (Top 30): Participate in offline finals, including Open Day, Masters Hall and Awards Dinner

Global Finalist (Top 10): Face-to-face discuss opportunities with Master Professors

Winner of the Grand Prize: The winner of the Grand Prize has the opportunity to receive a letter of recommendation from the Master Professor.