GENIUS Talks are a new form of presenting your ideas to the world online and at the GENIUS Olympiad.  Students can use our online presentation platform to share innovative ideas in the environmental field.  We invite students to send us 5-12 minute videos in which you speak about issues of environmental concern.  High quality productions will be shared on our social media pages and on our website, and the best two presenters will be invited to GENIUS Olympiad 2015 to present their talk at the GENIUS Olympiad opening ceremony.



  • Talks must be between 5 and 12 minutes long. Only one student may prepare each Talk. Each student may submit multiple GENIUS Talks.
  • Talks must be on a topic related to the environment
  • Videos must be uploaded to a vimeo and shared only by GENIUS olympiad for evaluation
  • Video must be submitted using by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a link to the vimeo page.  VIDEOS POSTED DIRECTLY TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  • GENIUS will upload no more than one video per week to our YouTube page, with links to our website, Facebook, and Twitter
  • GENIUS reserves the right to add our logo and make modifications before posting accepted submissions
  • Videos must be submitted before March 16, 2015, in order to be considered for presentation at the GENIUS Olympiad 2015.  Note that videos submitted earlier have more opportunities to be liked on social media, which is one of our criteria of evaluation for presenting at the GENIUS Olympiad
  • Submission of your video to GENIUS Olympiad means that you are giving permission us to use your video talk on the GENIUS website, promotional materials and social media under the GENIUS name
  • Presenters must wear business or business casual attire in the video and at the GENIUS Olympiad, if invited
  • The presentation should be as dynamic as possible, including video of yourself, your presentation, and any other visuals you wish to offer (switching back and forward between different modes). 



  • Originality of Topic
  • Relevance of Topic to a General Audience
  • Quality of Production
  • Presentation Skills
  • Likes on Social Media



GENIUS Visual and Performance Arts (VPA) heightens public concern for environmental problems and solutions.

There are two subcategories for VPA which will be judged and awarded separately. For more information about each category, please click on these links:




GENIUS Business raises awareness of environmental values in the business world, from bringing green products and services to market to developing a social responsibility plan for any business aiming to have a positive relationship to the society and the environment in which it operates.

Each GENIUS Business project can be prepared and presented by up to two students. Participants must prepare and present a business plan to judges as though they are making a pitch for funding for their business plan, also known as an investment proposal.  Presentations will be made in formal business attire and should include a Powerpoint/Prezi (or similar) presentation of no more than 10 minutes before Q&A.
BUSINESS | Entrepreneurship
Students may offer a new product or technology to decrease human impact on the environment, or they can offer improvements to existing products or technologies to make them greener or more sustainable.  This involves a combination of science, engineering and business sense.  Participants must offer the product, technology, or enhancement along with a plan to bring this product or technology to market. The business plan must include an analysis of the existing market, analyzing potential buyers, suppliers, current competition, the culture of the market regarding of product, potential future competitors, and potential substitute technologies. It should then describe the product, its target market, expected price, promotional plans, and how it will be delivered to the customer.  Finally, the business plan should include staffing and facilities plans, as well as ultimate profit goals.

BUSINESS | Social Responsibility
Social Responsibility plan should offer environmental solutions for existing businesses and industries, with the aim of a reduction in environmental impact.  Participants must offer a 10-minute Powerpoint/Prezi (or similar) presentation promoting their business plan to make a change within their target business or industry. The business plan should include an analysis of the current environmental impact of the business/industry, a description of the proposed changes, and analysis of the impact of these changes on the environment.  The plan should then explore the financial cost of implementation and the impact of implementation on the company's position in the market (including the impact of any change in price, change in customer experience of the product, obstacles to delivery, etc.).  Participants should also examine potential competition from other sustainability models, and make the case for their own plan as the best solution.

  • Application: Each GENIUS Business project can be prepared and presented by up to two students.
  • Application: Submit a business plan describing requested information.  All projects, including affiliated fair winners, must submit these items. 
  • Application: The business plan must be no more than 15 pages long, including 2 page executive summary.  
  • Application: The entire application document should be in English, and all file names must be in English characters.  If the planned market is a non-English-speaking country, the presentation may include examples of the target languages as appropriate in marketing materials, etc.
  • Application: Acceptable file formats for the business plan are doc, docx and pdf.  Limit of 15 pages, including two pages executive summary.


  • At the fair: Present your project as a business pitch to the group of judges, using your Powerpoint/Prezi presentation in a business-like setting. Please practice the presentation to ensure that it is less than 10 minutes.
  • At the fair: It is HIGHLY recommended to bring models or prototypes of any product or technology you may be offering as a part of your presentation.
  • At the fair: Students are advised (not required) to bring printed copies of their business plan to distribute to curious viewers.
  • At the fair: A computer (operating with Windows) with a projector and a screen will be available for students to use. However, you may also use your own computer. Apple computer must bring an adapter to connect their computer to VGA or HDMI.
  • At the fair: Students are allowed to make changes and improve their projects between application and fair presentation.
  • At the fair: Read Finalist guide under rules for more information.


GENIUS Business | Judging Criteria
1. Creativity of concept
2. Feasibility of concept
3. Marketability and Profitability
4. Impact on Environment
5. Impact on Company's Long-Term Profitability and Market Share
6. Overall Communication of Concept


Genius Robotics is a student centric competition which provides students understanding the role of engineering and research in environmental issues. Genius Robotics encourages students to discover novel solutions to known problems in the environment by requiring them to design, build, test and control their unique robots. It provides students a lifetime experience and an opportunity to enhance their life skills such as being a team member, researching and problem-solving.

As Genius Olympiad community, we value the diversity of the participants and the respect to each other. We come together and speak up together to increase the awareness of environmental issues and the importance of acting together to build a better world together.

Each GENIUS Robotics project can be prepared and presented by a team of up to three students. Schools may apply with multiple teams. However, each student may be part of only one team. There can be only one master game robot for each team and can not be shared among teams. Only team members who participate will be recognized during award ceremony and announcements.


ROBOTICS | Master Game (2018 Master Game is NOT announced yet)

Genie Recycler is designed to measure the performance of the robots and the teams in waste management and recycling tasks. Genie Recycler does not limit the teams in terms of the robot development kits. Thus any known development kit like Tetrix, Lego and Vex kits can be used or it can be build by using some other kits on the condition that the cost stays in the budget limits and the expected work of students in designing and developing robot is satisfied. The applications will be accepted in four categories as Lego, Tetrix, VEX and Free Design. Any robot built with any other kits or materials than listed above will be in Free Design category. Genie Recycler allows teams to use their robots in autonomous or teleop mode but the scoring of the missions depends on their mode.

Mission: Genie Recycler has two major tasks, recycling and waste management. The field will be divided into two identical subfields. They will be separated by blue and red lines that teams will have their private region to complete the tasks. Robots are not allowed to pass the border of their subfield. The field will have black vertical stripes for every ft, 30 cm. Robots will start from the robot lot and teams are allowed to make modifications on the robot like adding or removing attachments, changing the code or changing the mode of operation during the competition round if the robot is in the robot lot. Any other interference is not allowed during the rounds. There will be three rounds for each team and team may compete in either blue or red side of the field. It could be different for different rounds. For each round, teams will be given 3 minutes to do the tasks.

The recycling and waste management tasks: Teams are responsible to identify the items by color and collect them into the corresponding containers. The objects will be grouped as follows.

5 Blue cubes: Represent the plastic and glass recycle items and will be collected into the blue container.
5 Yellow cubes: Represent the paper material and will be collected into the yellow container.
5 Red cubes: Represent the battery and will be collected in the red container.
10 Green cubes: Represent the waste and will be picked up from two different "waste collection centers" located on two different corners) and transported to the "waste management center". There is no container for the waste cubes but predetermined waste management center placed on the floor. Both waste collection areas and waste management center will be surrounded by an-inch width green lines on the floor.

Placement of cubes: All blue, yellow, and red cubes will be randomly distributed into the field. Ten green cubes will be equally divided and placed into two predetermined "waste collection" centers on the floor.



A-If the robot is teleop controlled - driven by the students with controllers or mobile devices:
Each blue cube placed in the blue container will earn 10 points
Each yellow cube placed in the yellow container will earn 10 points
Each red cube placed in the red container will earn 10 points
Each green cube transferred to the waste management center will earn 5 points.
Each cube placed to the wrong container will lose 10 points.
If robot passes any of the cubes to the other team’s field or outside of the field, the team will lose 5 points for each item.
If all cubes placed correctly into the bins before the time is over, 1 point will be earned for every 1 second of the time left.
If robot passes to the other side of the field, the team will lose 25 points for each time.
If the team interferes with the robot outside of the robot lot, the team will lose 50 points.

B- If the robot is autonomous - self-run,
Each blue cube placed in the blue container will earn 25 points
Each yellow cube placed in the yellow container will earn 25 points
Each red cube placed in the red container will earn 25 points
Each green cube transferred to the waste management center will earn 15 points.
Each cube placed to the wrong container will lose 10 points.
If robot passes any of the cubes to the other team’s field or outside of the field, the team will lose 5 points for each item.
If all cubes placed correctly into the bins before the time is over, 1 point will be earned for every 1 second of the time left.
If robot passes to the other side of the field, the team will lose 25 points for each time.
If the team interferes with the robot outside of the robot lot, the team will lose 50 points.

Robot Inspection and Build Up Rules:

All finalist robots will be inspected on the set up/practice day and any robot which does not apply the below rules would be disqualified and ineligible to compete in Genius Robotics. 

Size: Robot must fit in 20 inch cube. Width: 20 in Height: 20 in Length: 20 The robot can resize itself during the game but initial size must meet this requirement.  

Number of motors: Teams can use up to 8 DC motors and any number of servo motors. There is no limit for number of motor controllers. 

Power: Robots must use up to 12 V for each power item and it has to be provided with batteries. Teams are not allowed to use external power. 

Software: Any programming language can be used to control robots. 

Driving Robot: Robot can operate in autonomous or tele-op modes. If it is in tele-op mode, driven by the students, wired or wireless communication methods are allowed. For both cases, students have to stay on the longest side of their sub field. If it is wired communication, the wire can not be used to pull the robot. It will be considered as touching the robot outside of the robot lot, team loses 50 points. 

Project I.D.: Your robot must contain your project ID number, provided during application, at least on its one side. The size of the print should be at least 100 pts in Bold.

Game Materials: 

During the comptetion, the practice fields and the competition fields will be provided by GENIUS Robotics. Teams will not be allowed to bring their own field and game materials to the competition area due to space allocation concerns. However, they can bring any robot materials to maintain their robots. Genius Robotics will use only the listed items below for the competition and field map will be identified directly on black floor tiles using colored tapes according the designed map, as given below. It is recommended but not mandatory to purchase the listed items. Any replacement to the listed materials would be accepted for teams to be able to get prepared for the competition. Genius Robotics do not provide or sell any materials to the teams, teams can purchase their own materials from the links or even make their own materials.

GENIUS ROBOTICS Judging Criteria (Master Game only)

1. Engineering book - 10% : Teams can gather any details about the robot inluding design choices, drawings, experiments, photos for the development stages, coding schemes and source codes and the system layout of the robot. This document may also contain some unstructured engineering notes and handwritten records. There is no specific format for the engineering book but teams must explain their project stages using the information in their engineering book.

2. Teamwork - 10% : Judges will score the involvement of each team member during the judging session. To get a good score teams may divide their presentation and different team members may be responsible for each part.

3. Presentation  - 20% : Teams will present their project and explain the details about their robot by using their engineering book and optionally their poster. Each team will be given 6 minutes at most to tell about their design and engineering work. Judges may ask questions during or after the presentation. There is no specification for the optional project poster. Designing a poster is recommended. 

4. Master game score - 60% : (details are given above under master game scoring)

According to Master Game judging criteria, participants will receive 10% gold, 20% silver, 20% bronze, and 20% honorable mention awards. 



  • Application: A robotics project can be prepared and submitted by up to three students.
  • Application: Schools may submit multiple teams/projects, however each student may be in only one team. Each must submit an appication, but same schools should use the same account for multiple applications. 
  • Application: Each team must have their own robot and robots can not be shared among teams, even they are from the same school. 
  • Application: The robot's description paper (engineering book, technical details, etc) with photos will be required for a complete application. All projects, including affiliated fair winners, must submit their robot (project) description paper. 
  • Application: (OPTIONAL) A YouTube of the video can be submitted with project paper. Please upload a video which is less than 3 min with a title: GENIUS Robotics_YEAR_TITLE. The Youtube link can be provided when an optional media link is asked for. The video can be for an existing robot for a different mission, we would like to see that your group have an existing robotics program and capabilities of making robots. 
  • Application: Your file names must be in English characters.
  • Application: The project description paper should include: title, student names, city, and country, master game robot information (system used (tetrix, lego, Matrix etc), the cost, engineering drawings, description of the design, drawings, photos of the robot (through out the design phase and a final photo). The paper will be uploaded into online application. Acceptable file formats for the project paper are doc and docx, PDF and RTF, not exceeding 5 MB in file size. Recommended page limit is 15, with acceptable font sizes 11 or 12 for any font type and page margins one inch or more (2.5 cm) from each side.

  • At the fair: Everyone including team members, guests, supervisors and organizers are required to wear safety glasses. Prescription glasses or sunglasses are NOT considered as safety glasses. Open-toe or open-back shoes are NOT allowed in the practice and competition area. You are allowed to bring your own poster board/presentation, which should be placed on 40x60 inches table. There is no height restriction for self-prepared boards. Shipping information is available in the Finalist Guide.
  • At the fair: Students may choose to present their robot and design using a poster. If you choose so, students should come to the competition with pre-printed materials to prepare their posters. 
  • At the fair: Students are allowed to make changes and improve their robots between application and fair presentation.
  • At the fair: We provide only 110 V outlet. We do NOT provide 220 V. 
  • At the fair: A table will be provided for each team for their set-up. 
  • At the fair: There will be 2 practice fields which will provide practicing for four teams at the same time. Teams will be asked to take turns in every 15 minutes. 
  • At the fair: Read Finalist guide under rules for more information.

 GENIUS ROBOTICS | Questions and Answers

If you send us a specific question, their answers will be shared on this page for others as well:

1. Can we apply only for Sumo or Line follower? Answer: Both of those are optional competetions in 2017, therefore you are required to apply for master game. However, you are  NOT required to attend Sumo or Line follower. This rule may change in future years. 

2. Do we need to have Lego or FTC robot? The answer is no. You can apply for the master game with any robot you would like to choose, as long as your robot meets the specification laid out above. 

3. Can we attend different robot for Sumo or Line follower than the master game? Yes. You can bring more than one robot and one can compete in the master game and others cane compete Sumo or Line follower game. 

4. What is the maximum size of the robot? The robots must be smaller than 20x20x20 inches (50x50x50 cm) for the master game. For Sumo and Line follower robots' sizes, please refer the corresponding guidelines. 

5. Is there a restriction on controlling the robot? You may either make the robot autonomous (which gets you more points) or control it via a hand-held device (cable or wireless control). If you are using a hand-held device, the controller must stay only on the longest side of their map to control their robot. 

6. What if my robots is not ready before the application deadline, can I still apply? Yes you can apply. You final version of robot does NOT have to be ready during application. However, you must have a robot in hand to provide a video showing your capabilities and drawings and plan for your robot which will be used in GENIUS Olympiad master game and any photos during initial design and built-up. 

7. UPDATES: Placement of cubes into the field has been updated. Instead of sliding them through platform, they will be randomly placed on floor with hand, without any pattern.

8. UPDATES: Floor map is updated: we will NOT use poster printed floor map anymore. Instead, the map design will be placed on floor tiles using colored tapes. please check the updated floor map. 

9. UPDATES: Robots must be labeled with Project ID at least on one side of their robots. The size of the print should be at least 100 pts in Bold.