Inspired by the upcoming Disney movie â€œTomorrowland,â€ The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Citizenship, and XPRIZE announce a nationwide challenge for young innovators.
Beginning April 22, 2015, Disneyâ€™s Create Tomorrowland â€“ XPRIZE Challenge invites kids to imagine themselves in the future and report back to the present through video, imagery or stories about one new and amazing invention or innovation they encounter, how it works, and the impact it has on the future.
In June, six winners will have a onceâ€“in-a-lifetime mentorship experience with a leader in their area of interest. In addition, each winner will receive a $3,000 check, a 3D Printer from 3D Systems, and registration forÂ FIRSTÂ® LEGOÂ® League for the competition season 2015-2016 in the U.S.
Â â€œâ€˜Tomorrowlandâ€™ has always been a place of possibility in our parks and for the creative team behind our new film,â€ said Sean Bailey, President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. â€œThe future will be steered by the imaginations of our young people, and Disney is thrilled to work with XPRIZE to encourage and inspire the next generation of thinkers and dreamers to build the future they imagine is possible.â€
â€œWe are excited to launch the Create Tomorrowland XPRIZE Challenge, which gives young people a platform to voice and depict their creative, bold and imaginative problem-solving inventions of the future,â€ said Trish Halamandaris, Senior Vice President Marketing & Communications at XPRIZE. â€œAt XPRIZE we believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere and one of these young innovators just might come up with an idea that can truly turn Tomorrowland into reality.â€
Participants will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years old), and Senior Division (13â€“17 years old). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Official Rules and details about the Challenge are available atÂ http://XPRIZEchallenge.org/CreateTomorrowland.Â Official registration and submission period starts April 22, 2015, and runs through May 17, 2015.
Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation.Â XPRIZE will provideÂ aÂ panel of judges who will evaluate and score all submissions, and six (6) winnersÂ will beÂ chosen.Â
Supporting XPRIZE Partners includeÂ FIRSTÂ (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), 3D Systems and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
About XPRIZE: Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the worldâ€™s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prizes in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. For more information, visitÂ www.xprize.org.
About Disneyâ€™s â€œTomorrowlandâ€ – From Disney comesÂ two-time OscarÂ® winner Brad Birdâ€™sÂ â€œTomorrowland,â€ a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy AwardÂ® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only asÂ â€œTomorrowland.â€Â What they must do there changes the worldâ€”and themâ€”forever.
Featuring a screenplay by â€œLostâ€ writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, â€œTomorrowlandâ€ promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.
The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.
â€œTomorrowlandâ€ is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. â€œTomorrowlandâ€ opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.