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July 9, 2012
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NPR CONTEST SEEKS 'BIG IDEAS' FROM YOUNG INNOVATORS

'WHAT'S YOUR BIG IDEA?' CONTEST OPEN TO AGES 13-25; YOUTUBE VIDEOS REGISTERED AT NPR.ORG/BIGIDEA BY AUGUST 12 ELIGIBLE

From personal computing to social networking to medical diagnostics, many of the world's most game-changing ideas have come from young minds. NPR seeks to spark more ideas from the big brains of burgeoning innovators with a new video contest launching today. The contest – "What's Your Big Idea?" – challenges 13- to 25-year-olds to dream up a science, technology or math-based invention that could impact everyday life. The grand prize: Advice on how to turn the big idea into reality. Finalists' videos will be featured on NPR's website and the "Joe's Big Idea" Facebook page. Full entry details and rules are available now at NPR.org: npr.org/bigidea

To enter NPR’s "What's Your Big Idea?" contest, eligible contestants need to make an original video about the idea and post it to YouTube. Videos must be two minutes or less, and can be as simple as describing the idea, or involved as an animated short. Once uploaded to YouTube, videos must then be registered to the contest via NPR.org by August 12. Potential entrants can check out this video on the launch page to kickstart their noggins.

All valid "What's Your Big Idea?" contest entries will be posted to NPR's YouTube channel and 10 finalists will have their videos featured at NPR.org and the "Joe's Big Idea" Facebook page. One grand prize winner will be chosen by judges on the NPR Science Desk, and have the opportunity to meet with a leader in a relevant field of science, technology or engineering for advice on how to make the idea a reality. The winning entry is currently scheduled to be announced on September 4.

The contest is part of "Joe's Big Idea", with senior science correspondent Joe Palca exploring the inspiration behind major scientific discoveries. Palca’s reports include a scientist's 20-year quest to end dengue fever and five ways to spark creativity. Support for "Joe's Big Idea" is provided by The Lemelson Foundation.

The "What's Your Big Idea?" contest and "Joe's Big Idea" series are part of NPR's commitment to offer audiences greater insight on how scientific developments impact everyday life. Explore more coverage from the NPR Science Desk online at NPR.org: www.npr.org/sections/science