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FIRST Innovation Challenge Expert Education Series

As part of the FIRST® Innovation Challenge presented by Qualcomm, FIRST is hosting an expert educational series featuring conversations with innovators and essential tips teams can apply to succeed in the challenge. Topics may include:

  • pitch advice
  • business model education
  • intellectual property
  • careers in innovation
  • product development
  • using CAD to show design

The three-month series will be a combination of informative webinars, Q&As and live panel discussions featuring dynamic FIRST alumni and experts from our sponsors, allowing teams to engage with real-world innovators and entrepreneurs.

All sessions are open to FIRST Innovation Challenge teams.

Key Dates

  • April 21, 2021: Deadline for advancing Semi-Finalist teams to submit further requirements.  
  • May 7, 2021: The 20 Finalists from each program for the FIRST Global Innovation Awards are chosen on or around this date. 
  • June 28-30, 2021: The 20 Finalist teams should be available for judging, workshops, and mentoring on these days to participate in the FIRST Global Innovation Awards remote event.

Archived Content

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Additional Resources


SEED SPOT Resources

The following short videos and workbook have been designed to help teams craft a concise, powerful business pitch.  Thanks to the business incubator SEED SPOT, supported by Booz Allen Hamilton for this advice.  Videos will remain accessible to FIRST teams through June 2021.

Inside Innovation: Tips from BAE Systems

  • Video 1: Tips on adaptability and preparedness from Justin Amevor, a software engineer.
  • Video 2: Using the "I Wonder" game to overcome roadblocks with Jennifer Ripley, a hardware engineering lead.
  • Video 3: Akshitha Ajayan, a software engineer, stresses the importance of the end user in the innovation journey
  • Video 4: In a discussion on the decision maker, Isaac Rife, program engineering manager, shares tips on the importance of value proposition
  • Video 5: Joseph Cali, FAST Labs technology, shares the importance of embracing different perspectives on the path to innovation.

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