It’s easier to be creative when you have a buddy to brainstorm with. Each student must grab a creative partner (or two!) to form a team. Each team should then select a challenge to address.
As the name suggests, World Series Innovation celebrates innovation! We encourage students to think outside the box and aim to provide new solutions to the challenges presented.
*Teams should have at least two but no more than three members, age 13-24.
NFTE has some warm-up materials that will help you enter creative mode. Download the toolkit here. We recommend using at least 90 minutes to prepare for the challenge and at least another 90 minutes for brainstorming and submissions. This includes creating a commercial storyboard and script for a 60-second commercial.
Completed submissions are due by December 14, 2017. A panel of judges will select the top ten submissions in each challenge category, and those teams will each be given four weeks to film and create the commercial for which they provided a storyboard and script.
From the top ten submissions, three category finalists will be chosen by a committee of elite judges from the sponsoring organization. The three finalists will go head-to-head in a public, online vote.
In the end, there will be two winning teams per category: the "Adjudicators' Choice" winner selected by the sponsoring organization, and the "People's Choice" winner, chosen by popular online vote in March.
In the World Series of Innovation toolkit, you will find a Submission Form Worksheet. Judges will rate each pitch by scoring responses to each numbered question on this worksheet.
The two winning teams in each category will receive a prize of $2,000 to share, and a prize of $500 for their school or other community nonprofit organization. If a winning team is not affiliated with a school or nonprofit, they may choose a school or nonprofit to receive this portion of the prize.
Runners up will receive a prize of $250 for the team to share.
Every year, NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship) invites teams of students ages 13-24 to practice thinking of original ways to help solve global goals that the United Nations has identified as the largest and most serious challenges to humanity. Prizes range from $250 to $2,000.