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What is Bright Ideas STEM From Today’s Youth?

Bright Ideas STEM From Today’s Youth is Bright House Networks’ multi-state competition where students dream up the coolest inventions to make their own life, community or even the world, more awesome and show how STEM – that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – can bring their idea to life.

Who is eligible to enter Bright Ideas STEM From Today’s Youth?

Bright Ideas STEM From Today’s Youth is open to students who are 14-19 years old as of January 4, 2016 and are high school students attending a public, private, or parochial school or who are homeschooled within a Bright House Networks service area. Students can compete as individuals or as part of a two-person team.

How do you enter?

Between July 1st, 2015 and January 4th, 2016, students can visit ideas and follow the instructions to enter.

How will the Grand Prize winner be selected?

At the Finalist Pitch Event, the six (6) confirmed Finalists will have no more than six (6) minutes to pitch their ideas live to a panel of judges selected by Bright House Networks. The judges will evaluate each pitch based on the following equally weighted judging criteria:
Creativity—Measure of idea’s originality and measure of whether it takes on a new problem, or approaches a familiar problem in a fresh, imaginative new way.
Feasibility—Likelihood that the science, technology, engineering and math tools the team has selected to “power” his or her idea can actually make it work.
Usefulness—Likelihood that there is a need for the idea, or that a person/professional field would find it helpful and valuable.
The one (1) Finalist with the highest score will be declared the Grand Prize Winner.  In the event of a tie, the entry with the higher score in the Creativity criteria will prevail.

How and when will the Grand Prize winner be notified?

The Grand Prize winner will be announced at the Finalist Pitch Event in Orlando, Florida.

What will the winner(s) receive?

The Grand Prize Winner(s) will have the chance to work with a leading innovation firm to build a prototype and a business plan. The extent to which the idea will be developed will depend upon the nature of the idea. Development may include turning the idea drawing into a real product design, creating a virtual prototype/rendering, or helping to create a business plan or identify the best customer for an idea.

At the end of the three months, the innovation firm will provide the winner:
A 10-page pitch deck
A video prototype/rendering A roadmap with next 3-4 steps
A list of potential partners (with one or more introductions)
The project will be conducted at the innovation firms' office. Bright House Networks will send the Grand Prize Winner(s), along with one adult, to meet with the firm twice during the three month period with the firm.