Stanford student’s venture recognized as a top 100 global education innovation

Stanford student’s venture recognized as a top 100 global education innovation

The International Changemaker Olympiad (ICO), a global ed-tech organisation founded by Rahul Adhikari – a Stanford MBA student and an IIT Gold Medalist from India – was named a Top 100 Global Education Innovation at the HundrED 2021 Innovation Summit in Helsinki, Finland on November 5 for its disruptive work in the education space.

ICO was chosen as the best innovation out of a total of 2657 education organisations from 50+ countries around the world. The innovations were recognised based on their global impact and scalability.

HundrED, a non-profit organisation specialising in education innovations based in Finland, and its global community of education experts have announced the top HundrED Global Collection 2022 Report, which highlights the hundred most impactful and scalable innovations addressing the most pressing challenges in education today.

The International Changemaker Olympiad (ICO) ( is an ed-tech platform that enables children in schools to launch social initiatives and address real-world problems in their home, school, or community, allowing them to make a positive difference in the world while also developing into socially conscious, responsible citizens. To date, over 25,000 students from 23+ cities in India have participated in ICO and made a significant social impact, such as saving 4 million litres of water in public restrooms, rescuing 300 injured animals from the streets of their cities, and raising INR 1 million for non-governmental organisations.

"It's an honour for ICO to be recognised as a top global education innovation," Rahul Adhikari said upon learning of the honour. In these trying times, we need everyone to cultivate a changemaker mindset and effect positive change around them. That is what ICO has been striving for, and this recognition will broaden our impact beyond national borders."

"The world is changing faster than schools," said Crystal Green, HundrED's Head of Research, "but beautiful things are still happening in education all over the world." This would not be possible without the pioneers who have long invested in developing and improving education. We humbly thank you for your efforts and look forward to working with you in the future."

The Top 100 Global Education Innovation award is one of many international honours that ICO has received, including the "Oscars" of Education in London and the "Young Social Entrepreneurs" award in Singapore.