Samsung NEXT Innovation Challenge 2018

In partnership with

Bridging the Opportunity Divide

In the next 10 years, 12 million tech jobs will go unfilled in America.

During the same decade, 6 million Americans won’t find employment due to unequal exposure to tech career paths.

We can do better.

Samsung NEXT and NationSwell are teaming up to find innovators bold enough to tackle a big issue: America’s Opportunity Divide.

Thank you to everyone who nominated an inspiring innovator or tech solution. And it’s not over yet!

Please vote for the  finalist you think should win the grand prizes here!


5 finalists – and 1 Winner! – could win the following prizes to help scale their work.

About Samsung NEXT

Samsung NEXT collaborates with entrepreneurs and other innovators around the world to build, grow and scale transformative software and services companies and technologies that will define the next decade. Through its product development, venture capital, partnerships and M&A teams, Samsung NEXT offers startups the tools and expertise needed to achieve their next level. For more information, visit

Contest Official Rules

I. In order to be considered for the Samsung NEXT Innovation Challenge, one must complete the self-nomination form on, even if originally nominated by someone else. II. Selection of semi-finalists, finalists, and winner will be determined by Samsung NEXT and NationSwell, whose decisions in all regards will be in their sole discretion and will be final and binding. The public vote will be taken into consideration during the winner selection process but will not be the sole determining factor. III. Approximately 15 semi-finalists will be required to partake in phone interviews. IV. A group of 5 finalists will be required to partake in the full Samsung NEXT Innovation Challenge which includes but is not limited to: program kickoff, filming, interview, social media promotion and outreach, engagement in voting period, and impact share-backs and/or surveys. Finalists will be required to sign a waiver prior to filming. V. One winner will be awarded a $25,000 cash prize to help further his or her work, $13,000 in Samsung technology, and a 1-year membership to the NationSwell Council. The winner may be invited to attend a Samsung NEXT event in 2018 and will be required to partake in a follow-up interview with NationSwell in 2019 to discuss how the grant and program more broadly has affected his or her work. VI. Four runners-up (i.e. finalists who were not selected as the winner) will be awarded $3,000 in Samsung technology. VII. Any applicable taxes on any prize are the sole responsibility of the finalists and winner. This program will be subject to and interpreted under the laws of the State of New York. By participating, entrants consent to the use of their names, likeness, entries and other information in advertising, promotion or publicity by Samsung NEXT and NationSwell. Samsung NEXT and NationSwell are not responsible for any lost, late or misdirected entries or materials, or for any computer, technical, telephone, software or digital problems or issues. VIII. In connection with the Samsung NEXT Innovation Challenge, Samsung NEXT has engaged NationSwell as a paid service provider. IX. The individual/organization should and must be incorporated and domiciled in the US, primarily operating in the US, and serving the US population.