Challenge Overview

The CNY Innovation Challenge aims to spark ideas to develop groundbreaking products or services and to foster entrepreneurship. We know that students have really good ideas that could turn into great inventions and this challenge has been designed to help guide those ideas from concept to completion. The process includes a crucial step – documenting intellectual property to protect concepts that could be used in a patent application. Teams will learn strategies to advance their idea and take a product/service to market. In addition to designing and developing an idea, you will need to have a solid go-to-market plan and a marketing pitch to “sell” your concept. See full rules in separate document.

The Challenge is open to students in grades 6-12. There will be winners in two brackets: high school (grades 10-12) and middle school (grades 6-9). Teams need to have a minimum of two students and a maximum of four. Top team prize for the high school category is $1,000 and top team prize for middle school level is $500. Additional prizes will be determined based on the number of entries overall.

2021 Challenge Winners

Middle School

Awesome Ladies – Syracuse Academy of Science – A sports shoe with a changeable bottom for different sports.

High School

Razor Crest – Chittenango – In response to COVID, an innovative product to address multiple issues surrounding the use of masks with expected long-term applications post-pandemic.

Mandalorian Industries – Chittenango – An outdoor multiplayer game that upcycles and repurposes materials that would have otherwise been discarded.

BDLM Technologies – Chittenango – A charging station that will automatically enable the phones “do not disturb” function for the duration of the charge.