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2023 FIRST Global Challenge Award Winners!

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Tuesday, 10 October 2023

2023 FIRST Global Challenge Award Winners!

According to the ranking published by First Global on its official website, the teams from China, Eritrea, Vietnam and Refugees occupy first place with 219 points; in second place, Angola, Argentina, Hungary and Israel, with 215 and in third place, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, Montenegro and Thailand, with 210.

Singapore – October 10th, 2023 – After four days of competition, collaboration, and cultural exchange, the 2023 FIRST Global Challenge has concluded with an astounding display of talent, innovation, and global unity. Themed “Hydrogen Horizons,” the competition brought together the next generation of STEM leaders from 191 nations, united in their pursuit of sustainable energy solutions and a brighter tomorrow.

This year’s challenge saw participants explore the potential of hydrogen as a sustainable energy source through a unique robotics challenge, with over 20 awards given to the teams based on their robots’ performances and in recognition of their achievements with promoting STEM education, fostering international cooperation and embodying FIRST Global’s core values. See below for the full list of award winners along with quotes from awarded students. Find descriptions of each award category here.

Albert Einstein Award for FIRST Global International Excellence (Overall Winners)

  • Gold – Venezuela
  • Silver – Australia
  • Bronze – Cambodia


FIRST Global Winning Alliance & Runners-Up

  • Gold – Hope (Refugees), People’s Repbulic of China, Vietnam, Eritrea
  • Silver – Argentina, Hungary, Israel, Angola
  • Bronze – Kazakhstan, Bolivia, Thailand, Montenegro


FIRST Global Grand Challenge Award

  • Gold – Kazakhstan
  • Silver – Venezuela
  • Bronze – People’s Republic of China


Temasek Women in STEM Award

  • Nehal Wadhwani – Saint Lucia
  • Mittina Akampa – Uganda
  • Dea Dervishi – Albania


Zhang Heng Award for Engineering Design

  • Gold – People’s Republic of China
  • Silver – Belize
  • Bronze – Greece


Ustad Ahmad Lahori Award for Innovation in Engineering

  • Gold – Republic of Moldova
  • Silver – Mexico
  • Bronze – Romania


Dr. Mae Jemison Award for International Unity

  • Gold – Nigeria
  • Silver – Kazakhstan
  • Bronze – Trinidad and Tobago


Rajaa Cherkaoui El Moursli Award for Courageous Achievement

  • Gold – Grenada
  • Silver – Afghanistan
  • Bronze – Armenia


Francisco Jose de Caldas Award for Sustainable Excellence

  • Dr. Philip Yeo
  • Tony Bolzan
  • Isabelle and Franky Marchand


Al-Khwarizmi Award for Outstanding Supporter

  • Gold – Tunisia
  • Silver – Romania
  • Bronze – Turkmenistan


Sofia Kovalevskaya Award for International JOURNEY

  • Gold – Jordan
  • Silver – Palestine
  • Bronze – Madagascar


Innovator Award (New Technology Experience)

  • Gold – Lebanon
  • Silver – Republic of Moldova
  • Bronze – Tunisia


Clara Barton Award for Helping Hands

  • Gold – India
  • Silver – Palestine
  • Bronze – Bolivia


Katherine Johnson Award for Engineering Documentation

  • Gold – Jamaica
  • Silver – Suriname
  • Bronze – Indonesia


International Enthusiasm Award

  • Gold – Uganda
  • Silver – Qatar
  • Bronze – Tunisia


Fundraising Award

  • Gold – Croatia
  • Silver – India
  • Bronze – Tunisia


Judge’s Award (Technical)

  • Sri Lanka
  • Montenegro


Judge’s Award (Non-Technical)

  • Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Sudan


Outstanding Mentor

  • Madagascar – Anthony Law
  • Algeria – Meriem Slimani
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina – Armin Didelija
  • Cambodia – Chanra Ret
  • Dominica – Kodie Jean-Jacques
  • Gambia – Demba Sillah
  • Dominican Republic – Isaac Vazquez Montilla
  • People’s Republic of China – Xuguo He
  • Australia – Daiane Rodrigues-Becker
  • Botswana – Chidzani Matebu

About FIRST Global

FIRST Global’s mission is to inspire science and technology leadership and innovation in youth from all nations in order to increase understanding, instill the importance of cooperation, address the world’s most pressing issues, and improve quality of life for all. Bringing these future STEM leaders together in an engaging and collaborative competition drives home the importance, excitement, and applicability of STEM education and demonstrates that they can work together — even in competition — to find solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Learn more at

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