Thursday, August 23, 2007

Ruckus Nation - Challenge Competition

How To Enter

Here’s the deal: Ruckus Nation challenges you to imagine a new product for kids that’s fun and cool enough to make them want to get up and move around. HopeLab, the nonprofit organization sponsoring Ruckus Nation, will support the development, testing and distribution of products based on the best ideas. You read that right – your idea could become a real product that gets kids moving. In addition, we’re offering great prizes for the best ideas.

And yes, we mean you! The competition is open to people of all ages, shapes, sizes and colors. Whether you’re a college student in Cape Town, a soccer coach in Savannah, a grandparent in Guntur, an engineer in Nanjing, or a kid in Ketchikan, we’re betting you have a product idea that could make a difference.

For complete eligibility requirements, take a few minutes to read the competition rules.

How to Enter To enter, you must register and submit your idea online here, at No stamps, staples, presentation slides or entry fee required.

Submitting an entry is pretty straightforward too: You’ll need to describe your idea in writing, in English, and in two (2) pages or less. If you want to get fancy (and we like fancy), you can also submit an illustration or video to show us just how cool your product idea is, but the illustration and video are entirely optional.

Need help coming up with a winning product idea? You can form a team of up to six (6) people (6 including you), then work together to brainstorm, sketch, submit an idea, and win a prize as a group. (Note: when choosing team members, smart, fun, creative types with a good sense of humor are highly recommended.)

Judging and Winning Eventually, one great product idea will win more than $75,000, but we’ll be recognizing other top-notch entries with prizes along the way. Prizes include:

* 40 Semifinalists ($250 prize)
* 8 Category Winners ($25,000 prize)
* 1 Grand Prize Winner (an additional $50,000 prize)
* 8 Inspiration Prizes ($2,500 prize)

Ideas will be judged in four competition categories – Middle School/Junior High School, High School, College/University, and Other. At least 10 semifinalists and 2 overall winners will be named in each category. The grand prize winner will be selected from among category winners at a special in-person event.

All ideas will be judged using a scorecard, and judges will include kids and adults with a diverse set of experiences and backgrounds. For more info, review the Ruckus Nation judging process.

Ideas Made RealAfter winners are announced and prizes are awarded for Ruckus Nation, HopeLab will support the development of product prototypes based on great ideas submitted to the competition. These prototypes will be rigorously tested to determine their effectiveness. Prototypes that prove to be most effective will be developed into final products and made broadly available to kids. Your idea could start a movement!

Legal Stuff You’ve read the basics, now see what our lawyers have to say! Read the Ruckus Nation competition rules.

But What About … ? Still have questions? We’ve got answers. Check out our FAQs.

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