Mind Riot FAQs

Mind Riot Frequently Asked Questions

When is Mind Riot?

October 15, 16, 17 2020

Where is it held?

The Leonardo Museum of Creativity and Innovation in downtown Salt Lake City. (209 East 500 South)

Can I apply?

Students who will be entering 10th through 12th grades in the Fall of 2020 are eligible to apply.

Can I enter if I have previously competed in Mind Riot?

Of course! Each year of Mind Riot is different and we would love to have you back!

How much does it cost?

The 2019 Mind Riot registration fee is $30. Upon receiving an acceptance letter you will prompted to register and pay the fee to confirm your spot.
There are scholarships available to cover the cost of this fee. In the Mind Riot application there will be a section which asks qualifying questions. Those who indicate they receive free or reduced lunch at school or have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 will qualify for a scholarship to cover the cost. You will be notified if you are awarded a fee scholarship at the time of acceptance.
If you have questions about qualifying for the scholarship due to reasons not listed please contact us at MindRiot@theleonardo.org

What's a typical day?

Mind Riot is a 3-day event that takes place on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day begins at 8:00AM and completes no later than 7:00PM. The museum is open until 9:00PM on Friday and teams may opt to stay longer and work on their presentations.

DAY 1 – Thursday

  1. Teamwork and mindset exercises
  2. Creativity and entrepreneurship workshops

DAY 2 – Friday

  1. Form your team and work with your mentor
  2. Select your problem to solve and work on your solution
  3. Practice your presentation and get feedback

DAY 3 – Saturday

  1. Finalize your presentation
  2. Pitch your idea to a panel of judges and your peers
  3. Celebrate at the Mind Riot awards banquet

How are the projects judged?

  • Is product or idea related to 2020 Mind Riot Theme?
  • How clearly is a problem or need identified?
  • Is a solution presented to satisfy identified problem or need?
  • Is there a target group identified for the solution and how they will be impacted?
  • How viable is the solution identified?

Do we have to make a real product?

No, you do not have to physically have the product at time of presentation. However, pitch must clearly demonstrate product or idea and how it would solve a problem.

Are my friends and family allowed to watch me present?

Of course! The final day of Mind Riot during the Pitch session they will be allowed to watch your presentation.

What is the prize if my team wins?

Awards include scholarship funds and startup resources to use after Mind Riot to further develop your product.

How many teams win Mind Riot?

  • Grand Prize
  • Sustainable Start-Up Award
  • Most Viable
  • Biggest Impact Award
  • Spirit of the Leonardo Award

Can I use an existing idea/product of mine?

Yes, you and your team may use previous ideas. Keep in mind, there is a new theme each year at Mind Riot that must be incorporated into your product.

Are ideas still owned by students once submitted?

Yes, the idea is in full ownership of the students who developed the idea. The Leonardo nor any judges, mentors, etc of Mind Riot can claim ideas or products developed at the program. Mind Riot aims to cultivate entrepreneurial spirit and innovation.

Why should I participate?

Mind Riot gives you the opportunity to start from scratch, tap into your entrepreneurial spirit and create an innovative solution for scholarships and startup resources to further develop ideas and products.

Do I get to form my own team?

Yes, we do allow you to choose your own team of four total members.

Can I enter with my friends?

Yes. While you may participate with your friends, be mindful of choosing the right team members.

I am a teacher/parent/student and am interested in learning more about Mind Riot, who do I contact?

You can email your questions to: Mindriot@theleonardo.org

When can I apply to Mind Riot 2020?

Applications are open today  and will close on Tuesday, October 2nd 2020.

When will I find out if I am accepted?

Notification of acceptance Monday, October 5th 2020.

Confirmation of acceptance is due by Friday, October 9th 2020.

What do I need to do after I am accepted?

  • Pay $30 registration fee to confirm your spot (unless you are awarded a scholarship)
  • Complete acceptance packet
  • Attend Mind Riot Thursday, October 15th through Saturday October 17th

What happens if I am not accepted or waitlisted?

If you are not accepted you will either be denied or put on a waitlist. If you are on the waitlist you will be notified if a spot opens up.

I would like more information about Mind Riot, who do I contact?

The Leonardo Education Team at MindRiot@theleonardo.org