With over 1200 participants hailing from 75 countries, and 39 states, GENIUS Olympiad is the second largest international project based competition held in the United States. Projects submitted to GENIUS Olympiad are environmentally focused, across 5 disciplines: Visual Performance Art, Robotics, Science, Business and Writing.
GENIUS Olympiad is about global connections, and bringing a variety of talents together to help solve the world’s issues. GENIUS is not merely a competition, it’s an opportunity to grow and learn through international collaboration. GENIUS Olympiad is a 5 day event, but the project set-up, competition and judging is only a small fraction of it. GENIUS hosts an international fair to give every country and every state the chance to show off their own unique culture. Wandering through the different tables, it feels as though you’re traveling the world. GENIUS also provides the opportunity to explore new parts of the United States. After judging this past year, participants and their supervisors and guests were able to go on a trip to Niagara Falls. Even after the competition has ended, there is more opportunity to explore different areas of the United States including New York City, Boston and Washington D.C. through GENIUS trips!
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In 2018, 44% of the submitted projects was selected as finalist.
Top Grand Gold Award: To the top one project in each category
Gold Medal: To top 10 % of the participants.
Silver Medal: To top 90-70% of the participants.
Bronze Medal: To top 70-50% of the participants.
Honorable Mention: To top 50-20% of the participants. A certificate will be given to all Honorable Mention winners.
The application fee is 50USD per project and is non-refundable.
The participation fee is 160USD per attendee (including student, supervisor, guests) who will attend the GENIUS Olympiad, and 60USD is non-refundable under any circumstances (100USD is refundable until May 15th).
Guest fee is 650USD per guest and does not include participation fee.
Each GENIUS Business project can be prepared and presented by up to two students. Participants must prepare and present a business plan to judges as though they are making a pitch for funding for their business plan, also known as an investment proposal. Presentations will be made in formal business attire and should include a Powerpoint/Prezi (or similar) presentation of no more than 10 minutes before Q&A.
Each GENIUS Science project can be prepared and presented by up to two students. Presentation of the models is highly encouraged, but not required. However, a research description paper (with data, graphics, photos, and drawings of the design concept) is required as part of the application and presentation.
Each GENIUS Creative Writing project can be prepared and presented by only one student. Students must make sure that there are no typos or grammatical errors in their submissions, and can update their submissions after applying. Creative writing projects are presented by reading to a live audience for 5 minutes, followed by a feedback session from judges.
Each GENIUS Art project (except short movie) can be prepared and presented by only one student. Short movie projects can be prepared and presented by up to two students.
GENIUS Music heightens public concern for environmental problems and offers solutions by pulling at the auditory heartstrings through performance (as a performer).
Each GENIUS Drone project can be prepared and presented by a team of up to two students. Schools may apply with multiple teams. However, each student may be part of only one team. Each team may bring only two identical drones to compete. However, teams from the same school can not share the drones. If you bring two drones, both drones must be brought for inspection. Only team members who participate will be recognized during award ceremony and announcements.
Each GENIUS Robotics project can be prepared and presented by a team of up to three students. Schools may apply with multiple teams. However, each student may be part of only one team. There can be only one robot for each team and can not be shared among teams. Only team members who participate will be recognized during award ceremony and announcements.
Applications and registrations will be made through our online application system, which will be available on the first date of application on our main page.
The application is the first step to submit a project. Registration is the second step, in which you will provide participant and travel information. Both steps are required by the deadlines for all participants.
Please check our annual schedule for application start date, application deadline, and registration deadline.
All applicants (including GENIUS Certificate holders from affiliated fairs) MUST submit an online application by the deadline.
Multiple projects can be submitted using one login name. Each school/organization MUST create only one username to submit multiple projects.
The application system will ask for: contact information, fair affiliation (if exists), abstract, project paper upload (research paper or art work), media link, and the payment of non-refundable project application fee.
Once the Finalists are announced, you MUST confirm their participation before the registration deadline by completing the registration process for each participant who will attend the GENIUS Olympiad.
International applicants must complete the registration and the registration payment as soon as possible in order to receive their invitation letters for visa application.