Global Innovation Awards - 2021



FIRST® empowers young people to be catalysts for change. Through FIRST®  programs, students ages 9-18 explore what it means to be an innovator, finding solutions for today’s societal problems to impact the world for generations to come. 
This year, Star Wars: Force for Change has teamed up with FIRST to inspire and celebrate the next generation of heroes, entrepreneurs, and innovators who will change the future through the 2021 FIRST Global Innovation Awards. The awards are open to FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST LEGO League teams in more than 110 countries. 20 finalist teams from each program will participate in remote workshops designed to develop knowledge and skill sets, have individualized mentorship, and more. Within each program, top selected teams will receive exclusive prizing from sponsors. Awards will be announced live on FIRST​tv in front of a global audience of peers, sponsors, and industry leaders.
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Join us in celebrating the next generation of game changers and innovators at the 2021 FIRST Global Innovation Awards powered by Star Wars: Force for Change!

Watch the award show on FIRSTtv
Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. ET.

  • See 60 finalist teams from around the world showcase their inventions
  • Catch up with past teams on their innovation progress
  • Learn how finalists tackled problem-solving and the innovation process
  • Hear from FIRST Founder Dean Kamen and special guests
  • Celebrate young innovators and winners from FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition.


FIRST, the world’s leading youth-serving nonprofit advancing STEM education, creates the people who will change the world – today and tomorrow. We prepare young people for the future through robotics and real world challenges that have a proven impact on learning, interest and skill-building inside and outside of the classroom.

This year, FIRST Robotics Competition and FIRST Tech Challenge teams join FIRST LEGO League Challenge at the Global Innovation Awards through participation in the FIRST Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm.


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FIRST has helped me become a better innovator, think outside the box, and not to be scared to tackle problems like scientists and engineers have been trying to solve for years. It doesn’t matter if people think your solution is too weird or too different to work. When you show you can fix a problem in a new way, they will understand. The fact that it was different is what made it successful.”

− Camilla S., 2019 Runner-Up

FIRST Global Innovation Awards Sponsors

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FIRST Innovation Challenge Sponsorship

Presenting Sponsor Qualcomm, Key Sponsor BAE Systems, with the support of John Deere

and the global healthcare company Abbott and its foundation the Abbott Fund, and in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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