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Identify a challenge related to the humane and healthy use of technology and propose a solution that advances systemic change.

The Belldegrun Center for Innovative Leadership is partnering with The Center for Humane Technology calling on students to imagine a world built on the humane and healthy use of technology. Social media has positively impacted our world through platforms that raise and mobilize community voices, increase access to educational and employment opportunities, and build greater global connections. For this Impact Challenge, however, we ask students to consider the harms and consequences of technology and propose systemic changes that advance positive change. The purpose of systemic change is to transform systems by addressing root causes rather than just results, and can include policy recommendations, public awareness campaigns, training for technologists, school and corporate policies, or investment practices. We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Image courtesy of The Center for Humane Technology


Proposals are due by April 22, 2021 by 10:00 a.m. PST through THIS FORM


Those with exceptional submissions will have the opportunity to:

Pitch their ideas to a panel of thought leaders directly influencing tech companies and government policy, including:

  • Tristan Harris (Co-Founder and President of the Center for Humane Technology, and featured in the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma”)

  • Susan Reynolds (Co-Founder and Board Chair at 

  • Randima Fernando (Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Humane Technology, also featured in “The Social Dilemma”)

Collaborate with youth leaders from across the country who are committed to facilitating positive change. 

Receive individualized feedback from BCIL coaches and real world professionals on their specific proposals. 


Submissions will be judged by a panel of judges based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation: Is the proposed solution creative and unique?

  • Feasibility: How realistic is the proposed solution, and how would it generate buy-in? 

  • Impact: How significantly will the proposed solution impact humane technology development and use?

Finalists will be notified by the end of April and asked to submit a 1-minute video summarizing their idea. Students 13 years and older may submit their proposed solutions on their own. If a student is under 13 years old, a parent or guardian must submit the proposed solution for the student.

Guiding Questions

Your submission can address individual or multiple challenges, and you should feel free to explore additional questions not listed below.

Health & Well-Being

How do we address tech companies’ race for human attention in order to reduce the effects of technology addiction, anxiety, sleep deprivation, and depression?

How do we diminish the use of social media to bully and shame others?

How can technology mitigate rather than exploit insecurities with regard to self-image, self-worth, and fear of missing out?

Civic Engagement

How do we mobilize public opinion to shift societal norms and public policies around the humane and healthy use of technology?

How do we promote accountability by tech companies either by reform from within or through external regulation?

How do we create technology that fosters shared understanding and minimizes the threats of political polarization, conspiracy theories, and fake news?

Equity & Inclusion

How do we combat hate speech? 


How do we avoid monopolies and ensure access in the fields of innovation and technology?


How do we ensure that computer coding and search engine algorithms reduce racism, sexism, and inequality?