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May | 2020
Innovators aged 12-24 have until May 14 to submit pitches for chance at $5,000

VANCOUVER, BC - Due to overwhelming interest in this year’s competition, The Science Fair Foundation of BC’s Youth Innovation Showcase has extended the deadline for pitch submissions to May 14. 

“The buzz and media attention around the event, as well as the high calibre of founders and panelists at our virtual workshops meant that we saw a surge in applications during the last week and we wanted to extend the deadline to give everyone the opportunity to take part,” said Madeleine Guenette, Executive Director of the Science Fair Foundation of BC.

The competition is in its second year. Last year was the pilot which ran in conjunction with the #BCTECHSummit.

From innovative, new medical devices to a new, sustainable 3D printing process, and everything in between, youth aged 12-24 from all areas of BC and the Yukon are invited to pitch their innovative solutions and ideas. Innovators are asked to complete a registration form and submit a 30-second selfie video outlining; who they are, where they are from, their age and a brief summary highlighting their latest and greatest innovation. 

“What drives us is a desire to show young people how broad the world of technology is and that their skills and ideas are needed,” said Guenette.

“Now that students across BC and the Yukon are learning remotely from home, they may not have the opportunity to showcase a science fair project or an idea they’ve been working on the traditional way, the Youth Innovation Showcase gives them an avenue to do that virtually and to network with some of the top players in the tech world,” she said. 

Last year’s finalists included Ray Liu, a 19-year-old who came up with a cost-effective solvent polymer for 3D printing, Aaliyah Mahboubi, a 15-year-old with an idea to harness power from decomposition in bogs, Mac Dykeman, a 14-year-old who created an innovative solution to reduce stress in chick shipments, Natasha Burgert, a 17-year-old with an idea for highly efficient solar modules in sustainable transport and Nicholas Fedrigo, a 17-year-old who redesigned the pedicle probe to prevent spinal breaches. 

All participants will be invited to participate in online events, workshops, tours and talks showcasing innovation happening in all regions of BC and the Yukon. Finalists in each age category will be invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of industry leaders during our live, online competition on June 10, 2020. A prize for $5,000 will be awarded to the winning innovator in each age category.

For more information and to register, visit www.youthinnovation.ca.

Follow Youth Innovation Showcase on social media: 
Instagram: @youthinnovationshowcase
Facebook: youthinnovationshowcase