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Tips for a great submission video and pitch summary

A submission video and a pitch summary, though not required, can go a long way in effectively demonstrating how your solution meets the competition criteria. Not only will they help the judges to review your solution, they could help you to fully think through your idea.

Here are some tips for creating a successful submission video:

  • Provide a clear and concise explanation of what your solution is and does. First, briefly introduce the team members, then show your solution’s functionality and features. Explain what it does to help the judges understand and appreciate your design. (Here are a few more video-making best practices.)
  • Keep it simple. Per the official rules, your video shouldn't be much longer than five minutes.
  • Don't wait until the last minute to upload your video. Due to file size, format, and your Internet connection, uploading a video to YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.
  • Get organized. Write out a script of what you’ll say and demonstrate in your video, and rehearse it before recording.


And here are some tips for writing a pitch summary:

  • Directly address the four criteria by which the judges will evaluate submissions: sustainability, impact, innovation, and feasibility.
  • Describe the team and why you are the right people (or the right person) to bring your solution to life. Keep it brief and stick to information that is relevant to the competition. Provide links to all LinkedIn profiles, if applicable.
  • If your solution already exists or is in progress, disclose the amount of funding already received, as well as any future support from any group and/or institution(s).
  • To demonstrate the sustainability of your solution, include a 5-year plan showing targeted revenue and possible exit strategies.
  • Like a submission video, the summary should be clear and concise. Ideally it will be no more than 3 pages long.


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