kĪpuka Innovation Competition

A virtual innovation competition for youth with ideas for place-based solutions to local challenges.
Submit your innovation

Kīpuka Innovation Challenge for Youth

Kīpuka: an oasis within a lava bed where life has survived.

Kīpuka is a virtual innovation competition, in partnership with MEDB STEMworks, for Hawaiʻi-based youth with ideas for place-based solutions to local challenges. The top 10 ideas will be selected to submit a virtual pitch, and the winner will receive a $2,000+ cash prize.


Cash Prize 



Submission Timeline

July 7 – August 31, 2020



August 7

Submission Deadline

August 14

Top 10 Submissions Selected as Finalists

August 21-28

Finalists Attend Two workshops + Networking Events While Refining Their Pitch

August 28

Final Pitch Video Deadline

August 31

A winner will be chosen, awarded a $2,000+ cash prize, and invited to pitch at the Purple Prize Demo Day

cultivate abundance in our communities

This year, our economies have crashed, our communities have been distanced, our health has suffered, and trees have been burned, but from the burning earth emerge pockets of healthy soil capable of supporting abundance and life. These are called kīpuka.

A number of local organizations have recognized that now is the time to turn our hands to the soil of the kīpuka— E ho‘ohuli ka lima i lalo—and hana (work) to plant the seeds of health- and abundance-creating new things.

Apply to Kīpuka, a virtual innovation competition for youth with ideas for place-based solutions to local challenges where you’ll have a chance to win a portion of $2,000+ in prize money to help you turn your ideas into a reality!


Rooted in Place

Eia Hawaiʻi, he moku, he kanaka. He kanaka Hawaiʻi ē. He kama na Kahiki

Early-Stage and Technology Based

Impact Positive

Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono

Team and Community

ʻAʻole pau ka ʻike i ka hālau hoʻokahi

Bold and Creative

Ready to Innovate for Hawaiʻi's Future?

Submission due August 7, 2020
Enter the Competition


Craft solutions for a just and green future.

Your ideas are valuable, regardless of what stage they are at. Share your voice and contribute to Hawaii’s future.

Submit your innovation now!



July 7 – August 31, 2020

Application due  August 7

2 Workshops  8/21, 8/23

Winner Selected  August  31


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