Mind Riot is a new kind of competition – a three-day innovation collaborative – that brings high school students together with experts in science, technology, business, and creativity to work on some of the biggest challenges human beings face today.
High school students have lots of demands. School. Jobs. Friends. Mind Riot gives you the chance to show off your talents, meet other teens who are smart, cool, and creative, hang out in Downtown Salt Lake City, and – if you're really good – win some cash. Plus, it's one of those things that looks really good on a college application or resume.
Teens are natural social entrepreneurs – which means you've got both street and book smarts that you want to use to do something big. Something that matters.
Mind Riot was created to give you a place where you can start that process – with the help of other students, and successful business leaders who know what it takes to make it in the real world.
The Leonardo will bring contestants to Salt Lake City for three days, where you'll participate in brainstorm, mentoring, idea generation, and solution design sessions. You'll work with other teens, as well as adult experts and mentors to identify a problem you want to solve, map out a plan, and then present your ideas to a panel of judges. The teams who create the most feasible, fundable ideas with potential for the biggest impact will win cash prizes.
The most successful teams will have members with a mix of talents. They'll need some students who get how to use science, technology, engineering, and math in the real world. Crazy-creative types. Inventors and builders who know what it really takes to make stuff. People who are good organizers and leaders. And then there are the ones who aren't afraid to get up and talk – the performers. If any of these sound familiar, Mind Riot is the place for you.