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Rise, an initiative of Schmidt Futures and the Rhodes Trust (the “Challenge”) is sponsored by The Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fund for Strategic Innovation, a 501(c)(3) private foundation (the “Sponsor”). By entering the Challenge, you agree that your participation will be governed by, and you shall abide by, all of the terms and conditions outlined below (the “RULES”).

The term “Applicant” refers to an individual submitting an application to the Challenge.

These RULES are an extension of the Terms & Conditions located at ("Terms"). Capitalized words used but not defined in the RULES have the meanings given to them in the Terms.

Please read the RULES and Terms carefully, as they describe the conditions under which the Applicant (“You” and “Your”) are allowed to participate in the Challenge. As You participate, You may periodically be asked to recognize Your acceptance of these RULES and the Terms by clicking “accept” in various places, but by participating in the Challenge, You expressly consent to abiding by these RULES and the Terms. The RULES and Terms may be amended from time to time and thus you should check back periodically. Your continued use of the application channels and/or your entry into the Challenge indicates your acceptance of any changes.



The Sponsor is constructing a global community of future leaders, connecting everyone who applies with access to free learning resources and opportunities around the world. Rise will select a set of Global Winners and support them for life, depending upon demonstrated need, as they commit their talents to building a better world.

Rise believes that traditional selection processes don’t always identify all types of talent. So the Rise application process provides for a variety of opportunities to showcase your potential, ranging from videos to projects to interviews.


The Challenge is open only to Applicants between fifteen (15) and seventeen (17) years old as of July 1, 2022 00:01 Pacific Daylight Time (”PDT”) meaning they were born on or between 2 July 2004 and 1 July 2007. Applicants must have the permission of their parent/legal guardian to participate in the Challenge if they are below the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they reside or have a viable reason as to why parent/guardian permission isn't possible. Applicants may, in Sponsor’s discretion, be required to provide verification of eligibility, age and/or parent/legal guardian permission.

The foregoing notwithstanding, the following individuals are not eligible to enter or win the Challenge: (a) current or former (within the twelve months immediately preceding the start of the Entry Period, as defined below) employees, officers, directors and contractors of the Sponsor; (b) anyone involved in the conduct of the Challenge, including judges; (c) any member of the immediate family (i.e., a spouse, parent, grandparent, child or grandchild) or household of any of the foregoing individuals; (d) any individual residing in a jurisdiction where participation in the Challenge is prohibited or restricted by law in any way, or who is prohibited from visiting the United States or is otherwise not permitted to receive any portion of a Benefit because of the United States Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Asset Control (“OFAC”). The Challenge expressly excludes participation from any individual appearing on the list provided by OFAC whether currently listed, or subsequently listed at any time during the Challenge’s duration.

At each phase of the Challenge, Sponsor reserves the right in its full discretion to verify the eligibility of any Applicant and compliance with these RULES. At all times, the decision of Sponsor in its discretion shall be final and binding.

Submissions are limited to qualifying individuals only; commercial enterprises and business entities are not eligible. Group submissions are not eligible. Individuals may only apply to the Challenge one time per Challenge year. Individuals who apply to more than one Challenge per year, either in the same channel or by different application pathways, will be subject to disqualification. Previous Global Winners of the Challenge are not eligible to participate in any subsequent Challenge.

Submissions that are submitted in connection with the Challenge will only be eligible if such Submissions (i) are in English, including scripts and voiceovers, (ii) are original content by the Applicant, (iii) do not contain content that is unlawful (including any infringement or potential infringement of Intellectual Property Rights of others, including infringement of copyrights, trademarks, patents and proprietary and confidential information of others), or derogatory, disparaging, hateful or obscene content, in the Sponsor’s sole discretion, and (iv) do not include any other identifiable individual other than the individual participant without the prior written consent obtained from such individual or their legal guardian if under the age of majority. The Sponsor will allow only those Submissions that meet all of these criteria, in the sole discretion of the Sponsor.


The entry period for the Challenge begins at 18:00 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on October 23, 2021 and ends at 18:00 Pacific Standard Time (PST) on February 23, 2022 (the “Entry Period”). Sponsor's computer shall serve as the official clock for the Challenge.

All Applicants will be required to complete the third stage as described below in order to have a complete Submission, and will have until February 21, 2022 18:00 Pacific Standard Time (PST) to complete the third stage entry. Sponsor will announce anticipated Global Winners in October 2022.


There are three methods of entry.

To apply with a smartphone, download the Hello World App (the “App”) during the Entry Period and follow the entry instructions to make an entry (a “Submission”). If you were sent a link by an organization or individual, please use the link shared to direct you to the App. Additionally, you’ll find the App in the app store for iOS and Android by searching for “Hello World Network” or by linking there from Hello World’s website,

Applicants who are unable to access Hello World because their device is not compatible or they have limited data can apply through a web-based application (“Browser”) on a computer or mobile phone. To apply via this pathway, visit and follow the instructions to access the web-based application. Register an account and follow the instructions to submit your application.

Potential applicants may be granted authorization to apply through a paper application on a case-by-case basis depending on demonstrated need. Interested candidates must email to request a paper application and provide sufficient reasoning for why the other pathways are inaccessible. The Sponsor reserves the right to make this option available on a case-by-case basis in its sole discretion.

Submissions received outside the Entry Period, Submissions that are incomplete and Submissions that do not adhere to the Submission Guidelines, as defined, may be disqualified in the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Proof of entry does not constitute proof of receipt. Parts of Submissions once made cannot be modified, returned or acknowledged. If you want to maintain a copy of your submission, you should do so before submitting.

Sponsor may disqualify, in its sole and absolute discretion, Submissions or parts of Submissions that are or allegedly are (i) not reasonably pertinent to the subject matter of the Challenge, (ii) duplicates previous Submissions, or (iii) illegible, incomplete, forged, altered or mechanically produced or reproduced. Any Submission otherwise in violation of these RULES in the sole discretion of the Sponsor may also be disqualified. Participation in the Challenge is voluntary and does not require You to purchase anything from or to make any payment to, the Sponsor.

The Sponsor will have no obligation (express or implied) to use or display any Submission in whole or in part, and may at any time abandon the use of Your Submission for any reason, or for no reason.


The first stage of the application (“Stage 1”) opens on October 23, 2021 and closes on January 14, 2022. Applying via the App consists of an application profile, video essays, and reviews of the video essays of other Applicants. Applicants through Browser or paper will be asked to respond to the prompts in writing instead of via video and review the written responses of others. Applicants via all three pathways will be asked to complete a profile by answering questions related to personal demographics and socio-economic status.

The second stage of the application (“Stage 2”) asks Applicants to complete an individual project, which we expect will take 20–30 hours over the course of the Entry Period, as part of the Submission. This project can be part of a larger initiative, but it must be something that the Applicant starts and ends within the Entry Period and must be work you’ve specifically prepared for your Rise application. Work conducted before the Entry Period, but submitted to count as part of the project submission, could result in disqualification. All Applicants by App and Browser will be asked to watch video lessons and complete short exercises related to the project. Browser and paper Applicants will be asked to complete the project, lessons, and exercises in a format that might differ slightly from the App in accommodation of the technology and accessibility. Stage 2 unlocks when the Applicant completes Stage 1 and all parts must be completed and submitted by February 16, 2022.

The project involves identifying your topic, researching it, designing a plan, executing that plan, and reflecting on your work. You will be asked to record updates on your work that share your project progress. The project should be ambitious, but this does not mean it must be perfect.

The third stage (“Stage 3”) of the application asks Applicants to review the projects of three (3) of their peers. Applicants will also be asked to complete a quiz. Stage 3 unlocks when the Applicant completes Stage 2 and all parts must be completed and submitted by February 23, 2022.

Up to five Hundred (500) Finalists (inclusive of Applicants who submitted via App, Browser, and paper) will be invited to participate in Finalist Days which consist of group activities and interviews.

All Submissions must adhere to the following guidelines (collectively the “Submission Guidelines”):

a. We strongly advise eliminating all personally identifiable information from video submissions that will be subject to peer review. This includes Applicant’s true name, address, birth date, personal identity number, or school name.
b. The Submission must be in the English language.
c. The Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, copyright, trademark, patent, or intellectual property- or property-related rights;
d. The Submission must not contain footage, images or artwork not created by Applicant unless Applicant has obtained all rights necessary to include such footage, images or artwork as part of a Submission to the Challenge;
e. The Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous;
f. The Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; and
g. The Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where the Submission is created.

Each Applicant should retain a copy of all portions of the Applicant’s Submission as Sponsor may ask to see copies of the original versions to verify authenticity. Sponsor is not responsible for, and each Applicant specifically releases Sponsor from any claims or liability relating to, any loss or damage to the Applicant’s Submission. By entering, each Applicant represents and warrants that (a) the Applicant’s Submission and all components thereof, including all ideas, creative elements and any other materials and information contained in the Submission are wholly original with the Applicant, (b) Applicant has the exclusive, unconditional right and authority to submit the Submission to Sponsor and to grant the rights set forth herein, and (c) the Applicant’s Submission complies with these RULES in full. Submissions must not contain any material that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, deems inappropriate for public viewing and/or determine is contrary to its mission.

Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to (i) disqualify and/or not accept any Applicant or Submission that Sponsor determines does not or is likely not to comply with these RULES, the Rise Code of Conduct, or Sponsor’s mission, (ii) to make such changes to any Submission as are necessary to make it compliant, or (iii) to require the Applicant to do so.


The Submission created or provided by You must be Your own. You represent and warrant that

i. Your Submission is an original work created solely by You and that You own all Intellectual Property in and to the Submission,
ii. Your Submission is accurate and truthful to the best of your knowledge,
iii. Your Submission does not violate any applicable law, rule or regulation, and your participation in this Challenge is not prohibited by any applicable law, rule or regulation in the country in which you reside,
iv. No other party has any right, title, claim or interest (or potential right, title, claim or interest) in the Submission (including Intellectual Property Rights), except as expressly identified by You to us in writing,
v. You own and are free to grant to the Sponsor all rights in and to Your Submission that are granted herein,
vi. Use of Your Submission by Sponsor will not infringe or involve the misappropriation of any third-party rights. You (or Your parent/guardian if a minor) agree to indemnify and hold harmless Sponsor and its affiliates from and against any breach of this representation and warranty,
vii. You have the right to make the Submission as contemplated hereunder without the need of any consent of any third party,
viii. You will abide by these RULES and all applicable laws and regulations, and
ix. You are under no obligation or disability, created by law or otherwise, which would in any manner or to any extent prevent or restrict making a Submission or becoming a Global Winner as outlined herein.


Under no circumstances will the Sponsor be required to treat any Content in any Submission as confidential. The Sponsor will be entitled to use the Content for any purpose whatsoever without permission from or compensation to You or any other person. For the avoidance of doubt, the Sponsor will not be liable to You or any other person for any ideas for the Sponsor’s business (including, without limitation, product designs or ideas) derived from the content and will not incur any liability as a result of any similarities to the content that may appear in any future products or services of the Sponsor.


Following the Entry Period, the judging of the Challenge shall proceed in three stages, as follows:

In all three stages, a moderator may review and exclude any Submissions that don’t comply with community guidelines at or the Submission Guidelines. Please note that this initial review is not a final determination of eligibility or compliance with the Terms and RULES.

In Stage 1, Applicants review one another according to Judging Criteria. Submissions that appear preliminarily to be complete and to satisfy the entry requirements will be advanced to Stage 2.

In Stage 3, the individual projects from Stage 2 will be reviewed by other Applicants according to judging criteria. The eligible Submissions receiving the highest scores will be reviewed by a panel of judges designated by Sponsor according to the Judging Criteria described below. Following Stage 3, up to five hundred (500) Finalists are selected to move on to Finalist Days.

These top 500 Applicants will be further reviewed by an additional review panel who select 100 Global Winners.

All decisions of Sponsor and the reviewers are final and binding in all respects. If at any time during the selection process, Sponsor determines, in its sole discretion, that the quality or breadth of the Submissions is not of a standard to qualify for the awarding of one or more of the prizes, then Sponsor shall have the right to discontinue the review and/or modify or terminate the Challenge.


All Rise Global Winners will be reviewed according to the following criteria (collectively the “Judging Criteria”): Brilliance, Perseverance, Integrity, Empathy, Calling, and Need. Additional details regarding these criteria may be provided during the Competition.


Sponsor will notify potential winners and their parents/legal guardians via email to the address provided on the Application. Sponsor may in its discretion publicly announce the name(s) of one or more potential winners, provided that no potential winner shall be certified as a winner until the potential winner (and the winner’s parent or legal guardian if the winner is a minor) has executed and returned all required documents. If a potential winner’s designated parent/legal guardian is unreachable during a period of seven (7) days, the potential winner may be disqualified and/or Sponsor may elect not to award the applicable prize, as Sponsor may determine in its discretion. Noncompliance within this time period or return of any notification as undeliverable may result in disqualification and an alternate winner may be selected. Sponsor reserves the right to conduct a background check on each potential winner. Each Applicant consents to the same and shall provide whatever additional information, permission and/or documentation is required or requested by Sponsor in connection with the same.


Benefits for Rise Global Winners may take many shapes. The program is personalized and flexible, tailored to Global Winners’ needs as they evolve over time. We aim to provide Global Winners with individualized support to empower them to achieve their goals while they work to serve others throughout their lives. 

All Rise Global Winners receive access to the following benefits and participate in the following programs upon selection: 

  • Residential Summit: An invitation to attend a fully-funded, three-week residential summit with other members of the Rise Global Winner cohort—to be held in a rotating location globally for each new cohort—as well as to join network events in subsequent years.

  • Mentorship & Career Services: Mentors paired with each Global Winner to provide personal, academic, or professional guidance, and specialized career services for internships and jobs to be developed from 2022.

  • Programming: Access to specialized programs, courses, and fellowship opportunities through Rise partners. The Winners’ anchor program in 2021/22 is a Human Centered Design course designed for the Rise Winners by DC Design. Customized courses are delivered on a specially designed online learning platform.

  • Global Winner Network: Access to a network of other Global Winners across cohorts to connect on common interests, make service commitments, launch enterprises, and collaborate together.

  • Higher Education Scholarships: A four-year, post-secondary scholarship at any accredited university, including tuition and a living stipend, based on need and where not already covered by financial aid.

  • Technology: A technology package, such as a laptop or tablet, as to be determined. 

In addition, all Rise Global Winners will have the opportunity to apply for the following benefits over their lifetime:

  • Partner Network: Opportunity to be matched to programs, secondary school scholarships, internships, and other benefits from partners who are part of the Rise network.

  • Funding Opportunities: Opportunity to apply for funding to experiment with innovative ideas to address major problems in local communities or around the world—ranging from seed money to start a social enterprise, to a grant for a non-profit. Funds will be designated for these purposes in a total pooled amount of at least $5 million per year of the program.

  • Education Support: Opportunity to apply for scholarship funds for a graduate degree.

Rise Applicants may also receive certain benefits as a result of being named a Finalist, in Sponsor’s sole discretion and subject to availability. Any Finalist benefits will be announced at or before the time of the Rise Finalist announcement.

By entering Rise, you signal your interest in engaging in these activities and opportunities and your understanding of the time commitments involved.

Details regarding prizes and any finalist benefits or other benefits (prizes and all other benefits collectively “Benefits” and each a “Benefit”) will be determined by Sponsor in its discretion. All taxes, levies and any other applicable fees to be paid for each Benefit are the sole responsibility of the recipient. A United States IRS form 1099 or 1042-S will be issued if required by law. Any costs or expenses associated with the acceptance or use of any Benefit award are the responsibility of the recipient. No substitution, cash redemption or transfer of right to receive any Benefit awarded will be allowed, except at the sole discretion of Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute an alternate Benefit in its sole discretion. Winners and Finalists shall provide all supporting documentation requested by Sponsor, including consent forms, confirmation of eligibility, publicity release, and content license.


By entering, each Applicant grants to Sponsor and its designees the irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable, and nonexclusive right to publish, disseminate and use the Applicant’s name, likeness and biographical information without further notice or consideration, in perpetuity, throughout the world, in all media and formats now known or hereafter invented, in connection with the execution and promotion of the Challenge and the promotion of Sponsor and its activities. In addition, by entering, each Applicant grants to Sponsor and its designees a nonexclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, sublicensable, and nonexclusive license to reproduce, exploit, adapt, use and display worldwide, in perpetuity, throughout the world, in all media and formats now known or hereafter invented, the Submission and the Project and all components thereof, including without limitation posting the Submission and/or the Project on the Rise website, App, Browser, or such other online environments as Sponsor may designate, in connection with the execution and promotion of the Challenge and the promotion of Sponsor and its activities, without further notice or compensation.


Notwithstanding anything herein to the contrary, in the event of any claim by a third party affecting or relating to the Submission, Sponsor shall have, in addition to any other rights available to them, at law or in equity, the right to immediately revoke any Benefit.


By submitting an entry, each Applicant releases each of the Sponsor Parties from and against the full amount of all claims, liabilities, actions, suits, proceedings, assessments, judgments, decrees, losses, fees, damages, settlement funds, and associated costs and expenses including attorney’s fees arising from or in connection with the Applicant’s participation in this Challenge, any use of the Applicant’s Submission and/or the exercise by Sponsor of any rights granted to them herein, including without limitation claims based on rights of privacy, rights of publicity, false light, defamation, copyright, patent and/or trademark infringement relating to the Applicant’s Submission and claims for injury, loss or damage of any kind resulting from the Applicant’s participation in this Challenge or acceptance or use of any Benefit.


Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion and at any time to disqualify any individual who violates these RULES, tampers with the entry process and/or acts in any way that would, in any way, discredit or harm the reputation of any Sponsor, and/or to cancel, modify or suspend this Challenge should fraud or misconduct or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor corrupt the administration, integrity, security or proper operation of the Challenge. Without limitation of the foregoing, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate, modify or suspend this Challenge due to any of the following reasons: act of God; unavoidable accident; epidemic; fire; blackout; act of public enemy; war, riot or civil commotion; enactment, rule, order or act of government or governmental instrumentality or tribunal; strike, lockout or other labor dispute; inclement weather; failure of technical facilities; failure of essential production, or technical personnel to appear or be available; or other cause beyond its control. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, incomplete, damaged, mutilated, misdirected, misdelivered, or delayed entries, or for technical or human errors or failures of any kind in connection with the Submission, transmission, processing or judging of Submissions, including without limitation any malfunctions or failures of computer hardware, computer software, networks or telephone equipment or any technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website or any combination thereof. Any attempt by an individual to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such individual to the fullest extent of the law. Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other error in the printing of the offer, administration of the Challenge, or in the announcement of any Benefit. These RULES set forth the entire agreement and understanding between Sponsor and Applicant concerning the subject matter hereof, and merge and supersede all prior discussions, agreements and understandings of any kind between them. Notwithstanding anything contained herein to the contrary, Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, at any future time to terminate, modify or suspend the Challenge for any reason, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. All notices shall be in writing and shall be delivered to Applicant in accordance with instructions contained on the Application Form. Applicant shall be deemed an independent contractor and nothing contained herein shall constitute this arrangement to be employment, a joint venture, or a partnership. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any of these RULES shall not constitute a waiver of any provision contained herein. The titles of Sections of these RULES are for convenience only and shall not be given any legal effect. The word “including” is used in these RULES to mean “including but not limited to.”


Please contact if you have any additional questions.

*The Entry Period for the first stage has been extended to 18:00 Pacific Standard Time (PST) on January 14, 2022.