Design a Healthier Snack Food
Help improve nutrition by creating a healthier snack for kids. Work with experts from PepsiCo and talented peers from around the world to bring your idea to life. Finalists will receive cash prizes and the chance to present their idea to PepsiCo’s global product development team.
The PepsiCo Healthier Snack Challenge is an international competition that encourages youth ages 13-25 to design a commercial food product that would be a healthier snack for kids. In phase one of this two-part challenge, participants will have an opportunity to form international teams and work virtually to design a nutritious snack. In phase two, five finalist teams will be matched with PepsiCo mentors as they further refine their ideas and resubmit their solutions for a chance to win the grand prize.
Launchpad is an innovation platform facilitating global collaboration and problem solving. Using Launchpad, international solvers work together to design solutions to challenges sponsored by top companies.
On this platform, you can meet other solvers from around the world, create teams, and work collaboratively to tackle the PepsiCo Healthier Snack Challenge. You can meet other solvers by posting and commenting in the Explore & Discuss section of Launchpad. Once you’ve found people you’re interested in working with, you can create a team in the Team Projects section.
Once part of a team, you will have a project page where you can share your work externally, or communicate privately with team members. In addition to a private team space, you’ll also be able to launch a team video chat and access a shared drive.
Rules & Requirements
Please ensure that you can meet the following requirements before signing up:
- All individuals must be between the ages of 13-25 as of the date of registration in order to participate.
- All participants must sign up on Launchpad and agree to the Terms of Service. Participants under the age of majority must submit a parent/guardian consent form before the challenge begins.
- Challenge materials and solutions should be submitted in English in order to be considered.
- Participants can work in teams or individually. Teams can be as large as 6.
Prizes will be awarded to teams that have been chosen as finalists at the end of Phase I, and to the final winner chosen at the end of Phase II. In addition to cash prizes, Finalists under 18 years old will be admitted into The Junior Academy of the New York Academy of Sciences in the 2017-2018 year, and finalists over 18 years old will receive a year of free Membership to the New York Academy of Sciences.
*This challenge is international; therefore participants from all countries and with any background are eligible to participate in the Challenge, except where prohibited by applicable laws. Prizes, will be awarded in accordance with U.S. law which may restrict or prohibit awards to teams within countries subject to U.S. sanctions.
5 finalists will be selected.
One winner will be selected.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our judges are experienced nutrition experts and product developers that will review projects based on effectiveness and commercial viability. Additional judges will be added as they are confirmed.
R&D Director responsible for the Kids and Seniors Global Innovation platform
During his 11 years at PepsiCo he has led multiple product and process development initiatives.
Richard has worked in the field of Nutrition for over 25 years, bridging science and marketing to develop compelling and captivating consumer products and messages.
At ADM, she has worked extensively in child nutrition research, program evaluation and nutrition policy, developing global markets and policy for beans and bean ingredients.
She is the author of more than 250 scientific publications and numerous book chapters and review articles and has advised 65 graduate students who work in universities, food companies, and health care facilities.