"The Complexity Challenge gave me the perfect occasion to relive the Santa Fe approach: take a problem, and play with it. Look at it from different angles, consider different approaches, search for parallels to other systems. And above all: have fun."

Mika Straka, top Challenge solver & CSSS 2016 alum

Unique, open-ended problems are awaiting your novel solutions. With the Challenges, Complexity Scholars are given the opportunity to push their knowledge beyond disciplinary boundaries and think creatively, while also earning recognition from their peers, the Santa Fe Institute, and prestigious Partner institutions. The Challenges are created in collaboration between faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and a Partner institution or company.  They are abstracted from a particular real-world problem the Partner is seeking novel insight into.

To get started with a Challenge, head over to the Complexity Explorer Challenges page and apply for acceptance into the Challenges.  Acceptance into the Challenge course will allow you to work on active challenges while receiving guidance from experienced Santa Fe Institute alumni mentors, submit your work before the deadline, and give and receive feedback on Challenge solutions during the evaluation phase.  

Look at past Challenge questions and solutions in the Solution Gallery. 

"Don't be afraid to take a "left turn" and explore an emergent behavior that you didn't originally intend to investigate!"

Ellen Badgley, top Challenge solver & CSSS 2016 alum