Idea Competition

During the TechPrize 2020 event, we will host an Idea Competition to promote the entrepreneurial spirit
and bring inspiring engineers to Racine. All you need to compete is an idea for an innovation, product,
service, or solution that addresses a SMART City initiative. Participants have the opportunity to get
creative, present their entrepreneurial ideas to the public and private judges. Competitors should expect
to gain knowledge on how to turn ideas into opportunities, obtain feedback on ideas, develop networks,
and get exposure to potential investors.

Rules and Guidelines

We are looking for ideas that make life better for our citizens. The idea could result in a business, but it could also simply improve lives in our community. Start by asking: What do you as a person want to see improved in our community. Then ask; “How do you make that happen”. Lots of people have “problems or things that want to see improved”. Far less have “Ideas” on how to actually improve those things. The goal of the “idea” competition is to create “ideas” that we can actually implement in our community that will make a difference for the community or you as an individual and then create a way to get the best ideas implemented.

Registration is Open Now

The registration for the Ideas Competition is open now through July 1, 2020. Click the button below for the online form. 

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the event?

Public Exhibits voting from July 30th to August 4th, Private voting from August 5th to August 8th. Setup in our host storefronts will be July 30, 2020. Competitors will show their idea’s at host sites during the hours of 11 AM to 6 PM allowing everyone the opportunity to see the ideas and vote.

Host sites are expected to provide snacks and drinks for all competitors at their site.

How will Public Voting work?

The public will come into each host venue to review the ideas presented and vote using the voting applications that GEO fences the voters to those in the Racine downtown locations.  Once the public voting is in on August 4th, 2020, the highest vote-getter will receive a cash prize of $5,000.  This prize will be awarded at the Awards Ceremony on August 9th.

How are teams formed?

Teams can be in any of these categories: middle school, high school, college/university, or professionals.  All will have the opportunity to win cash awards, all will be recognized for their effort. 

What type of Idea will be considered?

Any and all ideas that address the theme this year SMART City. These ideas can be using Technology, Art, or reusing old ideas to address these new needs.

Examples:
● Smart stoplights to reduce congestion,
● Ways to reduce pollution
● Smart lights to reduce city costs
● Flying car

How will the professional judging work?

The private judges will come into each host venue to review the ideas presented and vote using the voting applications that GEO fences the private voters to those in the Racine downtown locations.  Private voting completes at 6 PM on August 8th, 2020.   Cash awards will be $5,000 for the highest vote-getter, $3,000 for second place, and $1,000 for third place.  Prizes will be awarded at the Awards Ceremony on August 9th.  (look for in-kind office space, free legal work, mentors, etc)

Form Your Team Today

Teams can be in any of these categories: middle school, high school, college/university, or professionals.  All will have the opportunity to win cash awards, all will be recognized for their effort. 

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