Upcoming Events and Guidelines
Introductory meetings will be scheduled for interested students and/or team who wish to learn more about The Next Big Idea competition. Students only need to attend one meeting.
Wednesday, December 4th: 7:00-8:00 p.m. at LBJ 2590
Thursday, December 5th: 1:00-2:00 p.m. at LBJ 1440
Friday, December 6th: 1:00-2:00 p.m. at LBJ 2590
February 19, 2014
First Round of The Next Big Idea Competition
Criteria for first round:
- Each team will have 7 minutes to make a pitch to the judges. There may be feedback/questions from the five judges at the event.
- Anybody is welcome to make a pitch during this round, however they already must have a team of two students. The pitch must be about a new or improved innovation or business idea that can be used for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. This could be a product, a service, etc. The pitch must follow the template prescribed by The Next Big Idea committee.
- Each presentation must cover:
- What – what is the product or service
- Why – why is there a need for the product or service, what gap will be filled
- Who – who are in the specific target demographics of the market
- How – how feasible is the development of product or service and implementation
There will be $2,500 in team start-up funding to be distributed among finalists
- Winners will be selected based on:
- Originality of idea
- Relative feasibility of idea
- The actual presentation
- Relevance to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community
- We will offer specific examples of past pitches at the introductory meetings.
- All pitches must be in good taste. PowerPoint presentations are optional. Teams are encouraged to have visual display of their idea.
- Winning teams will be selected for the final round. The number of winners will depend on the number of teams in the contest. Approximately half of the pitches will be selected to continue.
February – April 2014 (TBD)
Review meetings will be scheduled with selected finalists to discuss final round of The Next Big Idea Competition with faculty members involved. Participation in the review meetings is mandatory for two out of five members of the team. Seed money in the amounts of $250 to $500 will be awarded to team finalists to develop their product or service. Rules for using seed money will be provided at first review meeting. Ideas for funding include:
- Creation of videos/media to market idea.
- Prototypes (3-D drawings, models, actual product, etc)
- Working applications
Final Round of The Next Big Idea Competition.
Judges from ZVRS will chose 1st, 2nd and 3rd place competition winners.
There will be $10,000 in prize money
1st place - $5,000
2nd place - $3,000
3rd place - $2,000