Innovation showdown

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.

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Spring 2024 Innovation Showdown

The High School Innovation Showdown is a team-based competition where students work together under the mentorship of Hyland employees to develop new concepts aimed at solving real-world issues. Partnering with Hyland mentors, teams will conduct brainstorming sessions, come up with project plans and work together to showcase their idea effectively in a competitive setting. Teams will conduct brainstorming sessions, come up with project plans and work together to showcase their idea effectively.

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!

Please Note: Only students currently located in the United States are eligible to participate.

Timeline overview
Registration due Thursday, February 29 @ 11:59 p.m. ET
Virtual or in-person
Wednesday, March 6 @ 5–7:30 p.m. ET
Round 1 March 6 – March 18
Round 1 submissions due Monday, March 18 @ 11:59 p.m. ET
Final round announcement Wednesday, March 20 by 5:00 p.m. ET
Round 2 March 20 – April 17
Final round presentations
Virtual or in-person
Wednesday, April 17, 5 – 8 p.m. ET

Team requirements

  • 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

Only one person per team is required to submit a registration form. When completing the form, information must be filled out correctly for each member of your team. The registration form asks for the following information:

  • Team member names and contact information
  • Team member grades
  • Parent/guardian names and contact information
  • Faculty advisor contact information

Kick-off meeting

  • Majority of the team needs to be present at this meeting
    • If your team absolutely cannot attend this date, we may be able to schedule an alternative date and time for your group
  • Teams will get a chance to meet with their Hyland Mentor to brainstorm ideas and come up with project plans

First round

Teams work together with the guidance of their mentor to create a 2-3 minute video pitch of their idea, which is due by 11:59 p.m. ET, Monday, March 18.

Second (final) round

Teams will work on creating a product demonstration of their innovative idea, which will be given to a panel of judges on Wednesday, April 17 at Hyland’s Headquarters or virtually via Zoom.

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