Calling All Students In Classes 7th - 12th!

Start your own Change Initiative. Build a better world. Learn new skills. Get exciting prizes. Do you need another reason? Begin your Changemaker Journey with ICO today!

Who Can Participate?

Students studying in class 7th-12th from anywhere around the world. You need to form a team of minimum 2 and maximum 4 students. You will be competing in your level, as categorised below –

  • Level 1: 7th and 8th standard
  • Level 2: 9th and 10th standard
  • Level 3: 11th and 12th standard

Note that students can register their team for the Olympiad independently even if their school hasn’t registered for the Olympiad.

What Do You Have To Do In The Olympiad?

Your team will start an initiative to solve a real-world problem (that you will choose as a team) in your home, school, or community. You will be given a period of approximately 4 months to launch & implement your initiative, and make it big. And here’s more great news! Your team will be able to take the guidance of an expert mentor throughout.

Check out some examples of initiatives previously launched by our participants here.

What’s Up For Grabs?

Well, this space is not enough to tell you all the reasons, but we’ll give it a shot!

Certificates, trophies, prizes and more!

Get a certificate certifying you as a “Changemaker” upon successful completion of your initiative. If your team is amongst the winners, you also get trophies and prizes!

Media coverage and recognition

Get a chance to get covered by our national media partners and showcase your work to the world.

Mentorship from leading entrepreneurs

Many teams continue their initiatives even after the end of the Olympiad, in which case, you will be mentored by leading entrepreneurs from IITs.

Run your own organization

You’ll be your own boss and will be doing everything, right from coming up with the idea to executing it. Just like a CEO of a business!

Build the critical 21st century skills

Develop the most critical 21st century skills of empathy, teamwork, creative problem-solving and collaborative leadership, that will give you a boost in your career.

Well, at the end, it’ll be a lot of fun!

And that’s what really matters. No matter what problem you choose to solve, it’ll be a lot of fun doing it on-ground with your friends.

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What's The Judging Criteria?

Here’s the criteria on the basis of which the teams are judged at the end of the Olympiad.

How well do you work together as a team? How well do you distribute responsibilities amongst each team member? Does everyone contribute to the initiative or is it just one person working? Does your team put consistent effort? A good team ensures everyone participates and takes ownership of responsibilities and works consistently. Your mentor will guide you on how to work well in a team, but it’s up to you on how well you do it.

This refers to the scale/size of your initiative. The more impact you make, the better. For example, if your initiative is about donating clothes, then collecting 200 Kg of clothes from 100 houses is obviously better than collecting 25Kg from 10 houses. Note that your social impact will not be compared to the social impact of another initiative, but to the potential of your own initiative. Your mentor will guide you on how to create targets for your initiative, but it’s up to you on how well you work to achieve it. 

Did you measure the impact you made through the initiative? A good initiative always measures the impact in as detailed a manner as possible. Your mentor will guide you how to do it, but it’s up to you on how well you do it.

At the end of the Olympiad, your team needs to submit the “Final Submissions” of your initiative, that consists of a Final Report and a Video Pitch, that will convey the work and impact you have made. Your mentor will guide you how to do it, but it’s up to you on how well you do it.

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How Can I Get Started?​

Getting started is extremely simple, we promise!

Form a team of 2-4 students

You can talk to your friends or classmates and form a team with them. Make sure you have your parents’ consent.

Fill the registration form and pay the registration fee

Quickly fill a short registration form for your team and pay the registration fee. Quickly fill a short registration form for your team and pay the registration fee. The registration fee is subsidised differently for teams from Regular Schools and Budget Schools. Check the Registration Fee Details sections on the Registration Page to know which category your team falls under.

Get ready!

Get ready to begin the most amazing journey of your life. After completing registration, your mentor will soon reach out to you and you can get started.

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Let's Lead The Change​

See some past Change Initiatives that were started by students like you.

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Meet Team 'Air Purification'

Winner of Social Impact Award

They sold 120+ Snake Plants to 75+ households which has increased oxygen levels by 20% and helped in reducing the indoor air pollution.

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Meet Team 'BALA'

Winner of Social Innovation Award

They have converted their school building spaces like doors into learning objects to understand Maths, which has helped 87% of the students to understand the concepts better.

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Meet Team 'Amor Por El Españo'

ICO Finalists

They started a student-run Spanish club in their school and conducted 20+ classes to help students learn Spanish.

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FAQs​

Have any question? Check our the most frequently asked questions below.

Once you have registered successfully, a mentor will be assigned to you, after which, your team will be given approximately 4 months to launch and implement your initiative. So for example, if you register on August 15, and your mentor gets in touch with you on August 18, then you will approximately get time till December 18 to work on your initiative, at the end of which you will need to submit your progress through your “Final Submission”.

Each team will get approximately 4 months to launch and scale their initiatives, and submit the “Final Submission”. Of course, your team is encouraged to continue your initiative even beyond the 4 months (after all, you will become founders of the initiative), but for Olympiad purpose, your need to submit the progress at the end of 4 months.

You can ask your friends in school, or your friends in your neighbourhood to form your team. In short, you can form a team with anyone as long as they are studying in a class of the same “Level” as yours. 

Level 1 – 7th and 8th standard
Level 2 – 9th and 10th standard
Level 3 – 11th and 12th standard

If you have filled the form and paid the registration fee, a mentor will be assigned to you who will get in touch with you immediately, and will guide you in detail about the next steps.

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So, are you ready to prove you're a

Changemaker?