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Special Track

That’s Geography! Cultivating Empathy for the Earth

The National Geographic Society is excited to partner with entrepreneurs to develop digital solutions that help cultivate empathy for earth among young people and equip them to seek solutions to the Earth’s most pressing challenges.

These innovations will  provide youth with the knowledge and skills to take action and create impact around critical issues.

Because, That’s Geography!

Do you have a scalable technology that helps learners understand the interconnectedness of the earth and all its inhabitants, igniting their curiosity and inspiring them to take action on issues they care about?


Geography is not about just finding places on a map or memorizing names. It’s about exploring connections. It’s about seeing how the complex, dynamic human and natural systems interact and change over time. Geography is about designing smart solutions that benefit our planet, envisioning new futures, and acting.

Join us in creating these solutions.


Priority will be given to solutions that:

  • Focus on issues of oceans, land, wildlife, human history & cultures, and human ingenuity

  • Brings geographic concepts and skills to life in new, non-traditional ways

  • Target underrepresented communities

  • Have potential for scale

  • Bring innovation to the space and place


in partnership with

National Geographic



  • 5 semifinalists: Cash travel stipend for top five start-ups to travel to semifinals event

  • Winner: $5,000 Cash prize

  • Runner-up: $3,000 Cash prize

  • 2nd runner-up: $2,000 Cash prize

  • Winner: Cash to enable trip to London on January 2022 for the GESAwards Finals 

  • Winner: Exclusive invitation to a 2 day bootcamp in London on January 2022



March 2021

Applications Open to general & special tracks

August 31, 2021

Deadline for application submission

Sep-Nov 2021



January 2022

Global Finals


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