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The results for the 2020 Student Infographic Challenge (SIC) are live! Head to the results page to view the winners and runners-up for both age pools. Thanks to everyone who participated! 

The Challenge: Are you a student looking to learn more about hydrogen and fuel cells? IPHE wants to hear from you! Don’t miss out on this chance to apply your research and creative design skills to learn more about the world of hydrogen and win a cash prize.

As part of the IPHE Student Infographic Challenge, participants will research, interpret, and create a succinct, engaging infographic about a topic related to hydrogen and fuel cells. Through this challenge, students gain foundational knowledge about the field of hydrogen and fuel cells, develop research and design skills, and explore their creativity. This challenge provides a great opportunity to learn about this important field of energy research in a fun, engaging way. It also offers you the chance to expand your portfolio, connect with other students and professionals, and work alongside the next generation of hydrogen and fuel cell advocates, scientists, and engineers.

Who Can Enter: Secondary- (ages ~13 to 18) and university-level students from IPHE member countries are eligible to enter. Each pool of applicants will be judged separately. Students may work alone or in groups of 2-4.

Submission Details: Infographics are an important tool for delivering information in a quick, accessible, and visually appealing format for all audiences. The combination of text and visuals can serve a variety of purposes, from constructing an engaging narrative to expressing dense or technical information in a concise, straightforward way.

Students will research and design an infographic that is suitable for a public audience and is related to hydrogen and fuel cells in some way. Some possible topic areas include:

  • Basics of hydrogen and fuel cells

  • International status of hydrogen & fuel cells

  • Status of hydrogen & fuel cells within student’s or team’s home country

  • Hydrogen and fuel cell applications

  • Current field research

  • History of fuel cell technology development

  • Hydrogen safety


We encourage students to make use of the resources available on the IPHE website, especially country-specific statistics about the status of hydrogen and fuel cells. These statistics can be found on member country pages under the “Partners” tab. Other resources include webinars, reports, and presentations, which can be found under the “Resources” tab.

We also encourage students to join the IPHE Youth Chapter, to match with potential team members, share information, and ask questions about the challenge or hydrogen and fuel cells in general. We will also be using the Youth Chapter to share additional information and resources for teams to use while designing their infographic. The IPHE Youth Chapter is a great opportunity to connect with other students and immerse yourself in the world of hydrogen and fuel cells!


How to Submit: Participants will email their completed infographics to with the subject line “IPHE Infographic Challenge Submission.” Your infographic should be in English, submitted as a high-resolution PNG, PDF or JPEG file and labeled as follows: “Country name_institution name_last name.” Please note that submitting a version of the infographic in your native language is optional and will not impact judging or selection decisions.

When you submit your infographic, please include the following information in the body of the email message:

  • Your full name (or the full names of all your team members)

  • Your age (or the ages of all team members)

  • Institution

  • Country

  • Email address

Timeline:  Update - To encourage more submissions, the first and second rounds will be combined. The deadline is October 8, 2020 (National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in the U.S.). Winners will be announced in late November.


The winner and runner-up of each age pool will be notified via email and announced on the IPHE website.

Winners: One winner and one runner-up will be chosen from each age pool. The winning team for each age pool will receive a $250.00 cash prize, t-shirts with the IPHE logo, and certificates of recognition. The runner-up team will receive IPHE t-shirts and certificates of recognition.


Additionally, IPHE will feature winning infographics on its website and social media accounts as part of its education and outreach efforts.


Where possible, the winning team in each category will have a meet-and-greet with IPHE representatives from their country. While every effort will be made to make this happen, the meet-and-greet is not guaranteed.


Judgment Criteria: A panel of judges, composed of members of the IPHE Education and Outreach working group, will evaluate the content and design of all submissions. Judges can only review a hi-resolution PNG, PDF, or JPEG file! This is a requirement for submission. Key aspects that will be judged are:

  • Content. The infographic presents evidence-based data from reliable sources and includes proper citations. Iconography, illustrations and photography used as part of your infographic must have the appropriate rights and permissions to be used in public-facing communications channels including IPHE social media and website platforms.

  • Creativity. The infographic’s choice of data visualization is clear, neat, and understandable. The layout is attractive and well-designed.

  • Mechanics. The infographic is free of spelling, punctuation, and grammar errors.

  • Shareability across media. Entries should be scalable for viewing on a website, on a handheld device or in print.


Refer to Appendix A for the detailed rubric that will be used to score the infographic.


Contact for more information:


Resources for researching and creating infographics: Well-researched infographics will require data from a variety of peer-reviewed sources, whether academic, professional, or governmental. Refer to Appendix B for information on conducting successful research. Refer to Appendix C for five steps to build a successful infographic. There are some free online tools for infographic creation that may be useful for students unfamiliar with design software. Some of these tools include, but are not limited to:



These tools are only suggestions, and some are limited in capability and features. For example, some programs may require you to have a paid account to export as a hi-resolution file. We recommend creating a test document and attempting to export it as a hi-res PNG, PDF, or JPEG file before committing to any program. Using an industry-standard graphic design software, such as Photoshop, Illustrator or Sketch, will give students access to more design features and options for creativity. However, students are free to use whatever tool or software they may choose, as long as they submit their final product in a high-resolution PNG, PDF or JPEG format. Remember to keep in mind that the infographic may be viewed across platforms (mobile, desktop, or print) and reproduced at different sizes. 

How to Collaborate Virtually with Your Team: If you are competing as part of a team, you may choose to collaborate virtually via conference call or video call. Some examples of apps to collaborate virtually include, Discord, Google Docs & Hangouts, Slack, Zoom. They are not the only available programs - there are many more options, which you can find with a simple internet search. These programs are listed here because they are free and easy to use. Some may include tools such as screen sharing and whiteboards where team members can write or sketch out ideas for others to see. Choose any app that works well for your team needs.

Download printer-friendly package for the IPHE student infographic challenge here


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