You Make It Challenge

You Make It Challenge

Meet the Top 3 Finalists!

We set out to find the next generation of innovators, builders and makers…and the submissions we received are incredible! Thank you again to all the young innovators who entered!

Since the competition closed, the Rockwell Automation engineers reviewed all the submissions and our judges determined the top 10 semi-finalist innovators. Then YOU voted on your favorite submissions and narrowed it down to the top 3 innovators who are invited to present their ideas at Perspectives at Automation Fair in Chicago on November 19!

What now? For the next few months, the top 3 finalists will work with their Rockwell Automation mentors to refine their ideas and presentations to make them ready for Perspectives in November.

Stay tuned to www.YouMakeItChallenge.com, our social media channels and the hashtag: #YouMakeItChallenge, for updates from our finalists as they prepare their ideas.

Get to know the finalists:

Anti-Bully Backpack

Makai Samuels-Paige
Atlanta, GA

Sanitation for the World

Michael Wilborne
Roanoke, VA

Sump Pump Overflow/Failure Prediction Program

Louisa Wood
Bayside, WI

PRIZES

Your idea could win you some amazing prizes. Not only will three finalists win a chance to present their ideas in Chicago and get a FIRST grant, one grand prize winner will also get a maker space kit. All three prizes combined for the grand prize winner total over $10,000.

Three (3) finalists will receive:

  • A Rockwell Automation mentor to help you refine your idea and perfect your pitch
  • Airfare for two (2) to Automation Fair 2019 in Chicago, Illinois
  • Up to two (2) nights hotel stay in Chicago, Illinois
  • One (1) grant to any FIRST program for the next season

One (1) grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Rockwell Automation mentor to help you refine your idea and perfect your pitch
  • Airfare for two (2) to Automation Fair 2019 in Chicago, Illinois
  • Up to two (2) nights hotel stay in Chicago, Illinois
  • One (1) grant to any FIRST program for the next season
    • Plus…
      • A maker space kit that includes:
        • One (1) 3-D printer plus software and hardware
        • One (1) computer with software
        • One (1) STEM class pack
        • One (1) STEM workstation

*All prizes subject to change and based on availability.


THOUGHT STARTERS

Okay, you have a great idea. Now what? If you need some help to get you started, here are some questions to ask yourself to get you to the next step!

  • What’s the purpose of your idea?
  • How does your idea expand human possibility?
  • What about your idea is new and innovative?
  • Why do you think this problem hasn’t been solved yet?
  • How does this idea help you? Your family? Your community? 
  • How do you see your idea coming to life?
  • Why does the world need this?
  • What inspired your idea?

These are the kinds of questions you will want to ask yourself to help you define your idea. So if you can dream it, we want to know about it! So, DREAM BIG! And if you’ve got more questions, we can help you along the way. If you have a question or concern that isn’t listed anywhere, we want to hear from you. Contact Us.


TIMELINE

  • June 13 - July 26, 2019: Submissions Accepted 
  • July 29 - August 9, 2019: Round 1 Judging 
  • Week of August 12, 2019: Top 10 Finalists Announced
  • Week of August 19, 2019: Round 2 Judging
  • Week of August 26, 2019: Top 3 Finalists Announced
  • September/October 2019: Virtual Project Mentorship 
  • November 19, 2019: In-person presentation at Automation Fair in Chicago, Winner Announced

** All dates subject to change **


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