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Empowering ACS Athens through Innovation and Creativity

ACS ATHENS OPEN aims to advance the learning environment by empowering students to think, create and realize innovative solutions. Designed to foster an entrepreneurial mindset, ACS ATHENS OPEN will guide youth-led ideas, with the support of mentors, through a process to transform ideas into potential startups.

“Think Global, Act Local”



We are specifically looking for ideas that…

Increase campus sustainability


Enhance the learning experience and environment

Advance our conscious citizenship *


Inspiration for thought starters…

Automatic room light controllers

to adjust light colors and brightness across the classroom

A nutrition and food calculator

to help you monitor your meals at school

Automatic irrigation system

for watering the school plants

Fashion wearables

that detect your happiness mood


* A conscious citizen is one who values human life, the relationship with all living things, connecting with a higher purpose, and takes responsibility for transforming skill into action through ethical decision-making to improve life and living on the planet.

Why join

Utilize strategies to transform ideas into startups.

Work with experts and mentors to guide you

Showcase your solution to universities and companies.

Secure investments to grow your idea.


February 14 - March 21

Open Call for Ideas

March 29

Finalists Announced (up to 10 ideas will be selected)

Mid-April / Early-May

Innovation Bootcamp *


Pitching Event *


Incubation of New Ideas

* Exact dates to be scheduled based on finalist and mentor availability

Who can participate?

Any and all Middle School or High School students with a mindset to turn a problem into an opportunity are encouraged to apply. It isn’t about what grades a student gets in class; this is about empowering students passionate about solving a problem and being committed to seeing their idea through with the right tool and mentorship.

Do you need to be tech-savvy to apply?
No, any Middle School or High School student can apply. We are looking for individuals with a passion for problem-solving that are excited to learn. We will guide you through the process.

Can I apply with a friend?
You can apply alone, with a friend, or with a team. We suggest finding a team with members that have different skills to you help your solution come together.


Click here to apply.

Submissions will be accepted starting February 14, 2023 through March 21, 2023.

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