How To Enter

The competition is now closed. Hundreds of teams from around the world registered to compete in Ruckus Nation. Visit our Where's the Ruckus? page to learn more.

Read on to learn more about how the competition works.

Here's the deal: Ruckus Nation is an idea competition launched September 18, 2007. The entry deadline for the competition was November 20, 2007. Ruckus Nation challenged entrants to imagine a new product that is fun and cool enough to make kids want to get up and move around. HopeLab, the nonprofit organization sponsoring Ruckus Nation, will support the development, testing and distribution of products based on the best ideas. In addition, we're offering great prizes for the best ideas.

Judging and Winning One great product idea will win more than $75,000, but we’ll be recognizing other top-notch entries with prizes along the way. Prizes include:

  • 40 Semifinalists ($250 prize)
  • 8 Category Winners ($25,000 prize)
  • 1 Grand Prize Winner (an additional $50,000 prize)
  • 8 Inspiration Prizes ($2,500 prize)
Ideas will be judged in four competition categories – Middle School/Junior High School, High School, College/University, and Other. At least 10 semifinalists and 2 overall winners will be named in each category. The grand prize winner will be selected from among category winners at a special in-person event.

All ideas will be judged using a scorecard, and judges will include kids and adults with a diverse set of experiences and backgrounds. For more info, review the Ruckus Nation judging process.

Semifinalists will be announced on March 10, 2008; category winners and one grand prize winner will be announced on March 17, 2008.

Ideas Made RealAfter winners are announced and prizes are awarded for Ruckus Nation, HopeLab will support the development of product prototypes based on great ideas submitted to the competition. These prototypes will be rigorously tested to determine their effectiveness. Prototypes that prove to be most effective will be developed into final products and made broadly available to kids.

But What About … ?
Still have questions? We’ve got answers. Read the Ruckus Nation competition rules or check out our FAQs.
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