Student Superpower Challenge
Imagine!Create!Pitch!

The Student Superpower Challenge is a bilingual event and creative competition for high school students to think up some cool solutions to the problems they see. The competition is co-hosted by T4G, Brilliant Labs and Wicked Ideas. We want to help teens discover their next big idea – with the help of technology.

Three creative student teams, or individuals, will win one of three $5,000 prizes and mentor support to help them develop their idea into a working prototype. To be eligible, participants must submit their idea proposals by A Date TBD this spring. A panel of judges will select eight finalists, who will join us to pitch their ideas. Three winners will be selected and received funding and mentor support to develop their proposals into working prototypes.

Got questions? Contact Jeff Willson at jeff@brilliantlabs.ca or (506) 442-9059.

Imagine

Identify a real-world problem you want to try and solve using technology that fits into one of five categories

Contact

Between now and April 30th contact us if you have any questions or if you want some advice from a mentor on your idea.

Create

Research the problem and then develop your proposal, answering the following questions:

  • So what?
  • Who cares?
  • Why you?

Pitch

Finalists will present a five-minute pitch of their idea in front of a live audience at Planet Hatch in Fredericton on May 16th

The Process

Identify a real-world problem you want to try and solve using technology that fits into one of these five broad categories:
  • Our Town – Ideas to improve life around our communities, such as parks, sports, entertainment, culture, public transit, roads and recreation;
  • Our People – Ideas to improve health and wellness, empower newcomers to participate in Canadian society, address poverty and homelessness or increase youth engagement in public policy and elections;
  • Our Environment – Ideas to generate clean energy, food security and protect water, air or soil;
  • Our School – Ideas to improve your school day, including student productivity, activities and infrastructure; and,
  • Our Style – Ideas to drive great design of all kinds including; industrial design, gaming design, fashion design, building design; information design, set design; equipment design and user experience design.
Between now and April 30th contact us if you have any questions or if you want some advice from a mentor on your idea. We are here to help! Send us an e-mail.

Wicked Ideas and Brilliant Labs are the sites for our public conversation. Here we will be posting stories about technology and students, what’s happening in New Brunswick and around the world, and answering any general questions you might have about your idea and the competition.

You can follow and connect with us on Twitter too!
Research the problem and then develop your proposal, answering the following questions in your submission:
  • So what? – What's problem do you want to solve? How will you solve it? What’s the technology? What will your prototype consist of?
  • Who cares? – Who will it help? What is the desired outcome?
  • Why you? – Who's on the team? What's your story? How will you measure success?
Be creative! Convince us – using whatever format you choose – that you’ve got the best idea. Please, no fireworks.

Deadline: April 30, 2014 at 5 p.m. AST. No extensions. No excuses. Email your proposal to brian@brilliantlabs.com

Our trio of Superpower judges will review all the proposals and select eight finalists to join us for Pitch Day. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Does it make sense? How well the concept was explained;
  • Do we need it? Proof of a genuine market for the proposed solution;
  • Can it be done? Feasibility of the idea;
  • Is the talent there? Evidence that the applicants are able to deliver; and
  • Did it catch our attention? We want proposals that engage us. Be creative!
We will contact the finalists on Wednesday May 7th, 2014. We will publicly announce the finalists and their ideas on Thursday May 8th, 2014 on Wicked Ideas.
The finalists will be invited to present a five-minute pitch of their idea in front of a live audience at Planet Hatch in Fredericton on May 16th.

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