Welcome to ChangeX

Fun, affordable 21st century learning for students everywhere.

ChangeX is an innovation and social entrepreneurship program that enables companies, cities, schools and organizations to help youth ages 13-24 build highly marketable skills in technology and design.

No experience necessary for students or facilitators. Our program and custom platform will guide you and your students each step of the way. Get started!


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Real-World Challenges

Participating teams will tackle issues ranging from climate change to global health and environmental crises. Let’s fix some things!


21st Century Skill Development

Participants practice key skills in innovation, entrepreneurship and tech that will give them an advantage in today’s job market. The app automatically generates a public portfolio that can easily be shared with colleges and employers.


Gamification & Prizes

ChangeX tracks individual and team progress with a game leaderboard so participants can always see where they rank. Prizes can range from equipment, to internships, to cash.

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Everything during the ChangeX program is delivered through our custom platform, OpX, available on desktop and mobile. This includes:

  • Automated points system that rewards students for completing activites
  • Weekly activities and prompts
  • Extensive student support resources
  • Exceptional content by leading technologists and innovators
  • Hundreds of learning modules ensure a personalized experience for all participants
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ChangeX guides participants in building skills in the following categories:

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    Learn the differences between various programming languages and build skills as a coding in the language(s) that will be most useful for you.

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    Build skills to communicate your vision with social media, graphic & web design, public speaking, and media production.

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    Build skills in woodworking, CAD design, laser cutting, sewing, 3D printing, and learn to use hardware like Arduino & Raspberry Pi.

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    Human Centered Design

    Learn to apply leading design methodologies that will help you rapidly generate ideas and test them with users.

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    Build skills in communication, teamwork, productivity, healthy living and financial literacy to maximize your chances of success.

“Now, adults need to be able to ask great questions, critically analyze information, form independent opinions, collaborate, and communicate effectively. These are the skills essential for both career and citizenship.”

― Tony Wagner, Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era

Get Started

Run a Challenge

Bring ChangeX to young people in your community with a custom Challenge designed around a local issue or cause. Challenges can be run locally or nationally with 50-1000 participants.

Bring ChangeX to Your Community

Sponsor a Challenge

Promote your brand and boost your company’s impact in education by sponsoring a ChangeX Challenge. Corporate-sponsored challenges can be local or global.

Become a ChangeX Sponsor

First ChangeX Challenge is Complete!

In Spring 2016 we ran a ChangeX pilot with 32 teenagers in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library.

Read about it on our Blog

Make the most of your company’s investment in education.

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Title Sponsorships available

Traditional STEM and maker-focused programs are facilitation-heavy endeavors that are costly to run and often only reach a handful of students. These types of environments are fantastic for learning, but they leave too many kids behind.

Our public challenges can engage thousands of students, regardless of their income level, grades or the quality of their school
. ChangeX Challenges open 21st century learning to anyone at a fraction of the price of mainstream STEM initiatives.

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How it works for students:

1. Create an Account

ChangeX Challenges run our our customizable platform, OpX. OpX can be accessed via the browser on desktop and mobile devices. To get started, just create your account!

2. Create a Team

Create a team of 2-8 people to collaborate on developing a unique solution to the Challenge Prompt. This team can be part of an organized club or just a group of friends – it’s up to you!

3. Learn from Experts

Join webinars and online office hours with experts to learn about the Challenge Prompt, the design process, and get your questions answered.

4. Level-Up Your Technical Skills

Use ChangeX to navigate hundreds of online learning opportunities. Track your progress to earn points while building skills that will help you develop an even more powerful solution to the Challenge Prompt. Document and report your progress using the app’s simple Instagram-style interface.

5. Complete Design Challenges

ChangeX provides step-by-step tasks to help you learn about and practice design thinking – the skill set used by the world’s leading designers and engineers to solve problems. These tasks will coach you through the process of designing, building and testing a solution to the Challenge Prompt.

6. Win Prizes

Use the app’s leaderboard to keep track of your ranking against other teams. Prizes can include equipment, cash, swag, internships, site tours, and much more.

7. Build a Public Portfolio

Walk away with a complete online portfolio of your project and progress. All the work you upload to the ChangeX app is automatically saved in a format that you can share digitally with colleges and employers or print.

Past Programs & Success Stories

The Resilience Challenge
A 9-week, team-based social impact challenge. “How might we reduce carbon emissions while increasing community resilience in the Bay Area?”
Partner: San Francisco Public Library |
January-March, 2016

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Tech Challenge SF
This technical pilot tested the impact of prize-based incentives in motivating engagement with informal learning opportunities.
Partner: San Francisco Public Library | October, 2015

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Civic Innovation Pilot with Summit Schools
A two-week civic innovation curriculum pilot.
Partner: Summit Schools | July, 2015

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Youth Civic Hackathon
San Francisco’s first youth civic hackathon.
Partner: Tech Shop SF | January, 2015

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Questions? Ideas? Excited about what we’re up to but still not sure how to get involved? 

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