Breakthrough Junior Challenge

Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2016

Last date to apply

October 10, 2016

About Breakthrough Junior Challenge

Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2016 is an annual global competition for students of 13 to 18 years of age to inspire creative thinking about Science. The last date to apply and submit the video for Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2016 is October 10, 2016. 

  • The participants need to create and submit videos of maximum 5 minutes in length that brings to life a concept or theory in life Science, Physics or Mathematics. 
  • The video should be in English 
  • Breakthrough Winners can get upto $2,50,000 and $50,000 prize for teacher.

About Breakthrough Junior Challenge: Breakthrough Junior Challenge is a global competition, started with the aim of honouring important advancements in the categories of Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics, the competition is conducted annually.

This Junior challenge is an initiative of Chan-Zuckerberg in partnership with Khan Academy, National Geographic Channel and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Breakthrough Science Lab)


Breakthrough Junior Challenge Important Dates 2016



Submission of Video Starts

September 1, 2016

Submission of Video ends

October 10, 2016

Peer to Peer Review

October 16, 2016

Semi finalised videos will be posted on Breakthrough
Facebook Page

October 31, 2016

Announcement of Winners

December 4, 2016

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Breakthrough Junior Challenge Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region Global (except Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria).
Class/ Age 13 to 18 years of age
  • The Participants must be of 13 to 18 years of age as on October 10, 2016 (11:59 PM PDT)
  • Participants from all over the globe can participate except Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria.


  • Any commercial enterprises and business entities are not eligible. Any Donor, director, officer, employee, contractor to or of Competition Sponsor, members of the Evaluation Panel and the Selection Committee and any of the foregoing’s family members or those living in the same household are not eligible.
  • Any individual who is the owner of more than 20 percent of the total combined voting of a corporation, the profits interest of a partnership or the beneficial interest of a trust or unincorporated enterprise which is a substantial contributor to the competition sponsor is not eligible.

Breakthrough Junior Challenge Reward

Breakthrough Winner will receive the following prizes:

Awardee Amount               
Post-Secondary Scholarship $2,50,000
Prize for Teacher $50,000
Breakthrough Science Lab $1,00,000

Apart from the above mentioned cash prize money the winners will get a trip along with their parent and guardian to receive their award at the live televised Breakthrough Prize award on December 4, 2016.

Breakthrough Junior Challenge Application form and Process

Breakthrough Junior Challenge participants need to submit a video by using the following specification. The video must be covering any of the following three categories:

  • Physics
  • Life Science
  • Mathematics

Click Here to Submit Videos 

  • Duration of the Video: The video must be not more than five minutes or shorter.
  • The video should not contain any copyright material and should be solely made by the participant only.
  • The subject of the Video should be complex enough to really challenge the participant’s explanatory powers. It should be in a difficulty level so that the general audience should take some time to understand the video.

The video or the film can be in any form like animation, talking head, documentary, dramatic reconstruction. The Video should be in a dynamic visual-medium using diagrams, simulations, physical demonstrations etc.

Steps to submit Junior Challenge


Steps to submit the videos

Breakthrough Challenge Videos Submission


The participant must fulfil all the criteria for making the 5 minutes video and should submit it Online. The Application is incomplete until the participant participates in the Peer-to-Peer Review, judging.

Breakthrough Junior Challenge Selection Process

The videos will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Engagement
  • Illumination
  • Creativity
  • Difficulty

Breakthrough Junior Challenge Judging Process

The videos will be selected by the following judging process:

Peer to Peer Review 

The participants must make sure that the application submitted by the participant in the Peer-to-Peer Review process. In order to qualify for the challenge, the participant must review and score at least 5 videos submitted by other contestants. After that, the participants may also be asked to review and score additional videos as well.

Evaluation Panel

The next step is the review of the Evaluation Panel which is composed of top-class scholars and teachers in the relevant fields from the Khan Academy. This Evaluation Panel will review the top 75 scoring videos from the Peer-to-Peer Review process. Each of these videos will receive an additional 5 reviews from members of the Evaluation Panel.

Popular Vote Challenge

The Evaluation Panel will decide the top group of videos and accordingly the semi-finalists will be selected and their videos will be posted on the website of Breakthrough and Breakthrough Facebook Page on October 31, 2016. After the posting of the videos in the Facebook Page, there will be a duration of only 10 days for all the Breakthrough Challenge Participants and friends will be invited to “like” their favourite video. The Submission with the largest number of “likes”, as on November 9, 2016, at 11:59 PM PDT will be placed in the Finalist round of Judging.

Selection Committee Review

The last review and score of the top group of Semi-Finalists as determined by the Evaluation Panel will be finalised lastly by the review of the Selection Committee. The winner of the Popular Vote Challenge will be added to this Finalist group for the final review and selection of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge prize winner.

Tiebreaker in Breakthrough Junior Challenge

  • If a tie occurs in any of the above phases, such entries will be ranked again according to a secondary score provided by those same individuals.
  • If the secondary score is also equal among a sub-set of ties, then the final rank order those Entries will be calculated based on the order in which each entrant completed their Peer-to-Peer Reviews. 
  • The candidates participating in the contest must. therefore, review and finalise scores for each assigned Entry(Peer-to-Peer Review) in thoughtful and efficient manner.

Breakthrough Junior Challenge Result

The winners will be announced on the at the live televised Breakthrough Prize Ceremony which will be held on December 4, 2016. In addition to this, the name of the Winner will be posted on official website of Breakthrough Junior Challenge after verification and announcement of the Winner and will remain posted for ninety (90) days thereafter. 

Breakthrough Junior Challenge Address

Breakthrough Prize Foundation
C/O 901 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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