Red Bull Basement 2020: Applications are now open

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The global program is calling on all student innovators from Canada to submit their ideas on how to improve student life on campus and beyond.
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Only a few days left to apply to Red Bull Basement 2020! Have a question about the event? Check out the recent Major League Hacking X Red Bull Basement Launchpad event to find out everything you need to know, and watch the video below to find out just how easy it is to apply:
Ready for another year of bold, brilliant ideas? Red Bull Basement is back to continue its journey to empower the next generation of young innovators to develop new ideas and implement tech and other solutions.
The goal is to make a positive impact on student's campuses, within their communities, and beyond. As a university student, you’re welcome no matter what area you study – why wait until after graduation to work toward positive change when the world needs your ingenuity and big ideas now?
Red Bull Basement 2020 applications are now open! If you're here to find out how to apply, when to vote for your favourite idea, and what's new this year, then you've come to the right place.

What is Red Bull Basement?

Red Bull Basement wants to give wings to student innovators, in all areas of study, to drive positive change through tech solutions. It aims to connect and inspire students from around the world to challenge the status quo and come up with ideas that lead to a better student life.

How to apply

Applications are now open. Head to Red Bull Basement now to apply.
The Application phase will remain open from September 1 – October 25, 2020.
Brainstorm your idea and describe it in a max. 60-second video. Then upload the video and your application to the Red Bull Basement website (videos may be submitted in English or another language with English subtitles). This is not a film-making competition: your idea is what matters. Remember, the public will vote on it, so try your best!
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Who can apply?

This year, Red Bull Basement will travel to 36 countries and all students are welcome to submit applications. This is the first year that the event is open across all of Canada, including Quebec. A team can consist of one or two people, where everyone is at least 18, a university student, and able to speak English. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur or an inventor to join –  everyone is invited to the brainstorm.
We encourage creative students in any course to apply, including makers, hackers, coders, developers, designers, and engineers.
In 2018, Canadian team VACANT, comprised of two students from Ryerson, came out on top as global winners, and the 2019 top finalist SIGHTLY were from McMasters.
As students, we found that study space inefficiency was an issue on campus, and we wanted to bring our peers a better environment to learn, socialize and grow.
Anna Pogossyan and Temirlan Toktabek - Team VACANT

What kind of ideas or projects can be submitted?

Every idea is welcome – you can offer a solution for a pressing, unmet need affecting life on campus or a greater challenge in the community. Technology may be the whole solution, or one part of it. Topics are limited only by your imagination, but to get started, think of…
  • Education
  • Empowerment
  • Clean water
  • Energy
  • Career
  • Body & Mind
  • Accessibility
  • Smart cities
  • Climate action

What happens next?

Your 60-second videos will go through a public voting phase. Fellow students – and the public – will have a three-day window, October 26 -- October 29, to view the eligible videos and vote. Their top picks will advance to the Selection phase, so spread the word and gather support from your community..
Out of those top-voted ideas, a panel of local judges will select the best single idea to represent their country based on the following criteria: feasibility, impact, and creativity.
Then it's all about the development and bringing your idea to life! Each finalist team, one from each participating country, will get access to a workspace, 1on1 sessions with international mentors and access to a global network of innovators.
The selected team will then have 6 weeks to further explore and execute their idea, potentially creating a prototype. During this phase, Red Bull will provide funding, international mentorship, networking opportunities, and well-equipped workspaces.

The Global Workshop

The climax is a Global Workshop where finalist teams bring their ideas to life for a Final Pitch from Dec 10 -- Dec 13, 2020 (the host city will be announced soon). Along the way are opportunities for networking, expert mentoring and more. This will be the opportunity of a lifetime to meet some of the world's most brilliant #Tech4Good innovators.
Every judging panel at the Global Workshop will include a variety of experts selected by Red Bull Basement. Experts will be chosen based on their credibility in the innovator space, tech know-how, entrepreneurial experience and connection to the university scene.

This year's judges

The Red Bull Basement 2020 Canadian judges have been announced! These are just a few of the entrepreneurs, visionaries, and thought leaders from around the world that you'll have the opportunity to work with at Red Bull Basement. Get to know them below and check out this link for more info!
  • Jon Gottfried: Co-Founder & CMO, Major League Hacking
  • Sabrina Cruz: Video producer & Editor in Chief of Answer in Progress, a digital media project reigniting a love of learning.
  • Kayla Isabelle: Executive Director of Startup Canada, and Board Chair of the Innovators & Entrepreneurs Foundation
  • Dave Savory: Co-Founder & Director of Experiential Learning, Riipen
  • Dr. Kristopher Alexander: Assistant Professor, Ryerson University in the RTA School of Media, Faculty of Communication and Design
We're really excited to bring you Red Bull Basement again this year, so put on your best socks, because they're going to be knocked off!
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See below for some inspirational ideas!