1. What is the 10 Under 20: Young innovators to Watch award and who is administering the award?
Consumer Electronics Week (CE Week) in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) will administer this new, annual awards competition to honor 10 individuals (between the ages of 13 and 19) for developing products that demonstrate exceptional creativity, user design, scalability, civic mindedness and exemplify an application of STEAM (science, technology, engineering arts, and math) and related fields. The project or business may be categorized as an innovation in media, technology, fashion, bioengineering, digital arts, health, manufacturing, product design, industrial design, clean technology, and other industries or sectors.
2. Am I eligible for an award?
To be considered for the award, an applicant must be between the ages of 13 and 19 years old. and must be either currently enrolled in high school or a two or four year accredited college or university in the 5 boroughs of New York City, or be a permanent resident of New York City and enrolled in a two or four year accredited college outside of the 5 boroughs. Minors must identify themselves upon sign-up and will require parental or legal guardian consent to participate. Please refer to the complete eligibility requirements posted on the award webpage.
3. Does my application need to be an existing project?
Projects eligible for an award should be an existing project or product that may include but is not limited to: the result of a school, extracurricular, or outside-of-school activity. This may include hackathons, community events, consulting projects or entrepreneurial activities. For more information about eligible projects please see the Terms and Conditions.
4. What are the major dates related to this award?
April 22 – June 5: Project Submission Period
June 22: Winners are notified
June 24: Awards Ceremony
5. What types of project/product can I submit?
Projects that exemplify an application of STEAM (science, technology, engineering arts, and math) and related fields. This may include but is not limited to innovations that may be categorized as being applications in media, technology, fashion, bioengineering, digital arts, health, manufacturing, product design, industrial design, clean technology, and other industries or sectors.
6. Is a recommendation letter required?
No, the recommendation letter is not a required component of the application but is encouraged. Recommendation forms can be downloaded with the application.
7. What stage does my project need to be in and what does “working prototype” mean?
For the purposes of 10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch, a working prototype will be defined as something that is clearly demonstrating the value of the product either through all or a combination of showing the final design, aesthetics, materials and functionality of the concept. For further clarification please contact Jayme Schwartz, firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. Can I submit an application for a project/product I worked on with a team?
Yes, teams are limited to submitting one application form containing a list of all affiliated team members. Any application form from a team must identify a single delegate as the individual eligible to receive a 10 Under 20 award. Recommendation letters should reflect the recommender’s familiarity with the teams work, process and character.
9. Where can I find more information about the rules of this award?
You can find all the informational regarding the rules of this award at http://ceweekny.com/10-under-20-awards-program/10-under-20-young-innovators-to-watch/