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Virtual Young Inventor Challenge

Entry Criteria

Pitch Video Requirements

  • Your pitch video should be 2 to 4 minutes long

  • Your video MUST be filmed horizontally (in landscape mode)

  • Parents or friends MAY prompt students with questions on the video, but students alone must do the actual "pitch" and presentation

  • Videos should be the original work of the students, and do not need production or special effects. These videos are so judges can preview and understand your concept, so please be sure to include information about how you came up with the idea, show us your prototype, explain the rules, and most importantly show us how to play! (See information below on Judging Criteria).

  • SUGGESTION: Write a script before you film and practice it!

  • Your video must be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo or other online storage space. Add the link for your video into the registration form when you are ready! It is VERY IMPORTANT to set your video privacy settings to “Public” or “Unlisted” so that it can be viewed by our Mentors. 

  • See the Student Resources tab on our website for pitch video examples and more information and about making a GREAT PITCH videos!



Judging & Awarding of Prizes

  • The goal of this event is to inspire creativity and innovation and to provide mentorship to students in this process! It is a competition, but our hope is that the focus will be on the design process and the experience, not the outcome. Our Mentors are all professionals in product development, innovation, invention, marketing, etc and their feedback is meant to teach and inspire our contestants, and hopefully encourage them to further develop their ideas and come up with new ones!

  • All entrants will receive their scores and written feedback from our awesome Mentors at the conclusion of the event.

  • Teams will be judged in the same way as individuals.

Judging Criteria

  • Mentors will be looking at the following criteria and asking themselves these questions as they view your PITCH VIDEO, PHOTOS and SUBMISSION DETAILS:

  • Was your video within the time limits?

  • Does it have a strong and creative opening statement to pull the viewer in, and a strong ending, leaving the viewer with a memorable line/finish

  • Are you enthusiastic?  Do you hold eye contact with the camera? Did you memorize your pitch or are you using notecards? Do you use good inflection and volume?

  • Are your thoughts well organized?

  • Did you explain your design process?

  • Is your idea unique? Does it provide a new play experience? Is it original? Highly imaginative? Is it highly impractical, or even impossible, but well thought out? Is it fun?

  • Is the purpose easily communicated? Are the rules easily communicated? Is it practical (could it actually be manufactured, and at a good price)? Do players want to play it again? Is it safe? Will it be something that would appeal to a lot of people, or just a few?

  • Is your invention educational in some way? Does it make the players think in a new way? Does it give them feedback? Does it challenge them to do, think or feel something? Is it collaborative?

  • Did you show your prototype and explain clearly how the game/toy will work?

  • If you are part of a team did both team members participate in a meaningful way?

  • Prototype: Does it have an original design? Does it demonstrate how the product will look and work? Does it actually work?

  • Pitch Delivery: Do you do the pitch yourself?  Are you enthusiastic?  Do you hold eye contact? Did you memorize your pitch or are you using notecards? Do you use good inflection and volume? Are your thoughts well organized? 

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