Mind Riot FAQs

Mind Riot Frequently Asked Questions

When is Mind Riot?

Saturday, October 17th – Saturday, October 24th 2020.

  • Saturday, October 17th Orientation and workshops.
  • Monday, October 19th – Friday, October 23rd. Teams work on projects on their own time. Mentors will do a short check-in once during the week.
  • Saturday, October 24th Presentations and awards.

Where is it held?

Mind Riot 2020 will be a virtual event. This year we will utilize a 3D environment to develop virtual presentations as well as video conferencing via Zoom.

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

How are the projects judged?

Judges will use the following guides to evaluate each project.

  • Is product or idea related to 2020 Mind Riot Theme “Rapid Response Innovation?
  • How clearly is a problem or need identified?
  • Is a solution presented to satisfy identified problem or need?
  • Has the team earned points for project milestones?
  • 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?

Each team’s virtual 3D project will be made available to the public after October 24th.

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, you may apply with your own team of up to 5 total members. Or you can apply as an individual and we will assign you to a team.

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
  • Join the virtual Mind Riot Saturday October 17th – Saturday October 24th

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