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Bright House Networks High School Competition

The 2015 USF Young Innovator Competition is open to children K through 8th grade.  For high school students we are pleased to endorse the Bright House Network Bright Ideas competition.

Untitled Extract PagesBright House Networks is proud to present Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth… a multi-state competition where high school students can show how STEM – that’s science, technology, engineering and math – can bring their idea to life! Students are challenged to come up with a Bright Idea that takes on a problem that hasn’t been solved before, or approaches a familiar problem in a fresh, imaginative new way!

The deadline is October 31, 2014!

Who is Eligible

Students who are in public, private, or parochial high schools who are at least 14 years old as of the date of entry and are legal residents of the following Bright House Networks service areas:

  • Bakersfield, California
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Livonia, Michigan
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tampa Bay, Florida
  • Central Florida (Orlando)

How to Participate

Between September 22, 2014 and October 31, 2014, students can visit www.brighthouse.com/brightideas and follow the instructions to:

1. create a Contest account and complete the Contest registration form in its entirety;

2. enter Essay #1, an essay of no more than fifteen hundred (1,500) characters describing their idea powered by science, technology, engineering and math to make the world “a better place” including what it does, who you want to use it, and how they thought of it;

3. upload their original Drawing of their idea or upload your Video; and

4. enter Essay #2, an essay of no more than fifteen hundred (1,500) characters describing what science, technology, engineering and math tools are needed to make your idea work

About the Prize

Six finalists will be chosen, one from each Bright House Networks service area throughout the country. These students will travel to Orlando, Florida, where they will compete head-to-head on TV, in front of a studio audience. An expert panel of judges will select one winner. THE BIG winner will have the chance to work with lead innovation firm Fahrenheit 212 – which could help this student’s (or team of students’) dream or idea potentially be realized and fulfilled!
The winner will work with Fahrenheit 212, for a period of eleven weeks, in order to develop a virtual prototype and a business plan that includes:
 a 10-page pitch deck
 a video/virtual prototype/rendering
 a roadmap with next 3-4 steps
 a list of potential partners (with one or more introductions)
The work will be conducted at Fahrenheit 212’s New York office. Bright House Networks will send the Winner, along with one parent/guardian, to New York twice during the eleven week period.

Competition Founder Gives Keynote in Silicon Valley

August 13, 2014, Silicon Valley: Anna Hopen gave the keynote presentation at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office’s First Annual Teacher STEM Innovation Institute in Santa Clara.  Anna discussed the evolution of the USF Young Innovator Program and its operation.

Anna Hopen at Silicon Valley giving keynoteAnna and Anton Hopen at USPTO STEM workshop

Anna Hopen is a 15 year-old hailing from Tampa, Florida who just started her second semester at St. Petersburg College where she has a straight-A average.  In 2009 she conceived of a competition for young inventors.  In 2010 the first competition was held at Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI).  Ten competitors out of 79 entries competed in a “Shark-Tank” style event.  The competition is held every year at the University of South Florida (USF) on or near Thomas Edison’s February 11 birthday.  Over 500 inventions were submitted by children around Tampa Bay in 2014.  The competition’s non-profit has received support from USF, MOSI, Outback Steak House, HSN and Bright House Networks.  Anna has appeared on television for several years now starring in public service announcements for the event.  Several of the young inventors have received patents from the United States Patent & Trademark Office and even appeared on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  Anna was recognized earlier this year by the Executive Women’s Council as a “Children’s Champion” for fostering STEM education, particularly in young girls.

Competition Founder Anna Hopen (15) Presents in Tampa

TAMPA, June 6, 2014.  Anna Hopen was recognized by Tampa’s Centre Club’s Executive Women’s Council as a “Children’s Champion” for her conception and work on the University of South Florida Young Innovator’s Competition.  Going into its 6th year, the competition features a “Shark-Tank” style competition for students in the Tampa Bay region.  Several of the competitors have since received patents and appeared on national television.

 Anna Hopen presents at the Centre Club Anna Hopen, Julie Weintraub and Lisa HopenJenn Holloway and Anna Hopen

Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon seeking more USF Young Innovators

Casting producer David Garcia advised that he received so many great submissions from the USF Young Innovator competition he wanted us to reach out again.  The deadline is Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The February 19, 2014 segment entitled “Tonight Show Fallonventions” sponsored by GE was such a success they are seeking more young innovators.  Marissa Streng, inventor of the patented Puff-N-Fluff, was a featured guest on the first aired segment. Streng, the 2011 USF Young Innovator Competition grand prize winner, created the dog drying invention while she was in the third grade.

Interested? We invite you to make a 1-2 minute video that showcases the inventor and invention. Keep it simple – you can use the video camera on a smartphone.

Make sure the inventor says the following things:

  1. Name
  2. Age
  3. Hometown
  4. Invention Name
  5. How they got the idea for the invention
  6. Show how the invention works

You can email the video (or a link, if it’s easier to upload it to Youtube or Vimeo) to David Garcia at “The Tonight Show” (davidlatenight@gmail.com). Make sure that email includes:

  1. Inventor’s name, age, hometown
  2. Invention name
  3. Parents name, phone #, email address

DEADLINE – Tuesday, March 18, 2014