CNY Innovation Challenge

The CNY Innovation Challenge aims to spark ideas to develop groundbreaking products or services and to foster entrepreneurship.

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.

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1. Create a product/service that would make your school life easier 2. Develop a way for students to save time/be more efficient 3. Invent a way to increase understanding of various concepts taught in class 4. Design an app that will help increase communication or make teleworking easier 5. Fabricate an invention that would improve leisure activities 6. Build a product/service that will help the environment 7. Devise a way to enhance family relationships 8. Think of an idea that would help students determine a career path 9. Generate a product/service that the world “can’t live without” 10. Design an app, device or other product as a result of the challenges brought on by the COVID pandemic
• What market will product/service appeal to? • Have you articulated the need? How well does your idea address the need? • What competition is there in the marketplace? • Have you considered all aspects of design? (utility, usability & desirability) • How compelling is your overall presentation?
• The Challenge is open to students in grades 6-12 • There will be winners in the high school category (grades 10-12) and middle school (grades 6-9) • Teams need to have a minimum of two students and a maximum of four • If a team has students from different grades, they will be entered in the category of the oldest student • Team members can be from different schools • 3 teams per school (more students can enter school-related contest and then school can down select) • Rolling registration through video deadline of June 18, 2021 • Teams should select a mentor who will check in throughout the process to receive assistance • Teams must be able to participate by submitting their TAPED “pitch” presentation by June 18, 2021 • Finalists will be selected and invited to a ZOOM competition in late June • Winners will be announced at a virtual event on July 30, 2021 • Winning teams will receive a check a few weeks after the competition made out to the winners
1. Brainstorming/team collaboration 2. Market research – competition, target market, market potential 3. Develop product/service – function, naming 4. Document Intellectual Property – protecting unique ideas 5. Design – materials, product engineering, cost 6. Advertising/marketing considerations – packaging, look & feel, emphasize need & solution
Independent judges from the business community will be evaluating teams based on the following criteria: • 5-25 pts – originality/creativity of idea • 5-25 pts – market considerations • 5-25 pts – design worthiness • 5-25 pts – documenting intellectual property • 5-25 pts – advertisement & packaging • 5-25 pts – presentation