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"Is there a way for a group of students to just come and observe the different school’s entries? We have never participated in something like this and really have no idea how it works but would love to come and learn more about it."
We welcome you and your students to be part of the live pitch audience and to participate in the day of workshops on April 14th!
Many of the student teams who submit entries and are selected as finalists are new to competitions like OYEA. We encourage your students to dig into the resources provided on the website, ask questions of the OYEA team, and create submissions of their own!
"Can a single team submit multiple proposals?"
No, but we appreciate your enthusiasm! While we welcome multiple teams from the same school, we want each team to select and focus on only one proposal.
"If we schedule a Skype visit with you, how much of our idea or proposal should be completed first?"
That is entirely up to you. We schedule visits with brand new teams that are just forming and are new to the space as well as with teams and classes that are more advanced in their knowledge of innovation and entrepreneurship. The purpose of these visits is to provide guidance, and we will visit with you at whatever stage you think it would be best for your team/class. Email email@example.com if you are interested in setting up a Skype visit.
"Is our team size alright? (Only one student and a faculty advisor)"
Maximum team size is 5 students + 2 Faculty Mentors, but teams of 1 + 1 are definitely allowed! The added perspectives and skills that come from teammates may offer some advantages in this competition, but there is room for solo acts as well as for ensembles.
"If a team's idea is a mobile app or a web service, does the team have to create the website or app?"
Your proposal, pitch and visual display don't have to include actual development of an app or website, but should focus on the value-added of your idea, its potential, and its sustainability. Judges will consider the extent to which your idea has been well developed, including things like prototyping or getting feedback on your idea from real consumers to show its value to the people you're trying to help, what it's worth to them, etc. A set of drawings or images of what the app or website might look like may be enough for judges to gain this type of insight and proof of its value. Actual working prototypes, apps and websites are of course encouraged as well.
"Can we really target our solution to ANY problem in the world?"
YES! The problem you're addressing can be anything, for anyone, anywhere. For example, problems involving transportation, communication, basic living needs like food, clothing, shelter, energy, water, and hygiene are applicable to everyone on Earth (and off Earth!), but there are many problems that are just as in need of solution in niche markets and groups of customers, such as certain styles or types of fashion and makeup, specific medical conditions, genres of entertainment, and many others. Many successful entrepreneurs 'scratch their own itch' by inventing something that solves a problem which they themselves have personal experience with.
Past student team entries have addressed problems including agriculture, food preparation, ridesharing, the environment, water availability for rural villages, smartphone damage and loss, school safety and security, mental health and wellness, and the list goes on.
In summary: The sky isn't even the limit.