Global Innovation

The FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award is a competition designed to showcase the real-world, innovative solutions that FIRST LEGO League teams create as a result of their Project.

FIRST LEGO League trains kids to think like innovators. The Award encourages and assists teams to further develop solutions to real-world problems that demonstrate originality and have the potential to add significant value to the world.

For many teams, their innovative solutions created through the FIRST LEGO League Project have led to some amazing opportunities, like receiving local and national media attention, meeting government leaders, and seeing their invention be brought to market. For some, their inventions have changed lives.

Most regions nominate the top-ranked team(s) in the Innovative Solution Award category from their Championship event(s) to be their Global Innovation Award regional nominee.  Some regions use an approved alternate process. Click here for a list of regions using an alternative process during the HYDRO DYNAMICSSM season. 

The Eighth Annual FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award will be held June 19-21, 2018 in San Jose, California at the San Jose State University Student Union.  The Awards Ceremony will take place at the California Theatre in San Jose, California on June 21, 2018 beginning at 5:30 p.m. local time.  

Inspired ideas recognized at the 2017 Global Innovation Award on June 18-20, 2017 in Washington, D.C., USA.


Check out the 2017 Global Innovation Award Ceremony webcast! 

Congratulations to our ANIMAL ALLIESSM winning teams - The Hydrators, Team Phoenix, and Team Gryffindor! 

During the 2016-2017 season, teams from 29 countries developed innovative solutions for the FIRST LEGO League ANIMAL ALLIESSM Challenge - addressing problems related to accidental or purposeful human and animal interaction.


Partners in Innovation

Booz Allen Hamilton


LEGO Education




Global Innovation Collaborators

John Deere


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SCTE Foundation

In Cooperation With

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