Hyland’s High School Innovation Showdown

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The High School Innovation Showdown is a team competition that tasks students to use their creativity to come up with an innovative concept that could solve a real-world problem. Teams will conduct brainstorming sessions, come up with project plans and work together to showcase their idea effectively. Download this flyer to share with your school(s). 

Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams. Each member of the 1st  Place Team will also receive a $500 scholarship, and the opportunity to have a networking lunch with Hyland's Chief Product Officer, John Phelan!  


Teams submit registration forms and essays by 11:59PM Thursday October 3, 2019

  • Teams can be comprised of 2 (minimum) to 5 (maximum) students each
    • Teams of students must be from the same school
    • There can be more than 1 team from the same school in the competition
  • Teams who submit essay answers that do not meet the minimum qualifications will not be accepted into the competition, and they will be notified after submission is reviewed 


Thursday, October 10 from 5-7:30 PM at Hyland's Headquarters in Westlake, Ohio.

  • Majority of team needs to be present at this meeting
    • If the majority of your team does not show up to this meeting, your team will be disqualified
      • If your team cannot attend this date, we can schedule an alternative date and time
    • All competition details will be announced at this meeting
    • Teams will get a chance to meet with their Hyland Mentor to brainstorm ideas and come up with project plans
  • Address and directions for the kick-off meeting will be sent on October 7


Teams work together with the guidance of their Mentor to create a 2-3 minute video pitch of their idea, which is due by 11:59PM Thursday, October 24.

  • Teams who are moving on will receive notification Friday, October 25


Teams will work on creating a product demonstration of their innovative idea, which will be given to a panel of judges on Saturday, November 16 at Hyland’s Headquarters.

  • Only a mock-up of the prototype/idea is required, teams do not need to produce a complete product