World Series of Innovation FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
1. My school or youth group is not participating in the World Series of Innovation yet. How can we get involved?
It's easy to get involved! Ask your teacher to visit our website at www.nfte.com/innovation to register your group or class. Then just make sure to complete your submission form and any accompanying documents by the deadline.
2. Can more than one classroom from a school or more than one group from a single sponsoring youth program participate in the World Series of Innovation?
Yes! As many classrooms or small groups as want to are allowed to participate. Students must work in groups of at least five (5). A teacher may be the representative for more than one student group. In the case of home-schooling, one parent must act as the teacher contact for that group of students.
3. How can we promote this to our other classmates and friends?
Teachers and program managers and facilitators can print out the enclosed flyers to post and promote students' involvement in the World Series of Innovation.
4. How much time will the World Series of Innovation take?
You can spend as much time outside of class working on it as you like, but we suggest at least 2 classes be dedicated to classroom activities and background work, plus 2 classes devoted to your innovation and the completion of the submission form.
5. Can we enter innovations in more than one category?
Yes, but remember you must fully complete each submission form and create a full commercial message for each idea you submit. That will take some time and effort if done well, so make sure not to over-extend yourselves by trying to do too much!
6. Can a group of friends from different schools participate in the World Series of Innovation?
Only if you are also part of the same youth development program. Each group of students presenting an idea must be working with a teacher or facilitator from a single school or youth development program. The winning prize will be paid to that school or program, with that teacher or facilitator as the primary contact.
7. When will the winning innovations be chosen?
Submissions are due to NFTE on October 20, 2011. From all the submissions, a panel of judges will select three (3) finalists in each category. Then during Global Entrepreneurship Week, the general public will be encouraged to vote for their favorite innovation in each category. The winners will be chosen by the number of valid, individual votes garnered from 8:00 am on November 7, 2011 to 11:59 pm on November 18, 2011. The winning submissions will be announced on November 21, 2011.
8. What do we need to do to be officially registered as a participating classroom?
Your teacher must first register at www.nfte.com/innovation, and then should email your submission by the deadline as directed on the submission form. You will receive a response indicating that we have received the submission.
9. Are there any registration fees?
No, there is no charge to participate in the World Series of Innovation!
10. What will the winning ideas receive?
The school or youth development program from which the winning ideas come will each receive a cash prize, payable to the school or organization, for supplies or other activities. Additionally, each student in the group will receive an individual prize.
11. Who is the contact person from our classroom?
Your teacher or program facilitator's name, address, email and phone number will be used to contact your classroom.
12. How do we know if we've won?
Your teacher will be notified first by email and then you will receive a formal announcement in the mail.