Last week, the four finalists of our Wouldn’t It Be Cool If… contest convened in St. Louis, MO to participate in a special event held on-site at the FIRST Robotics Championship. The event was attended by nearly 1,400 people, including FIRST teams, friends, family and media. Finalists had the chance to present the math and science-powered invention ideas they submitted to our online contest to a panel of esteemed judges: artist will.i.am, FIRST founder Dean Kamen, Mark Payne, Co-Founder, President and Head of Idea Development at Fahrenheit 212; and Jasmin Hume, PhD Candidate in Materials Chemistry at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU.
After hearing each finalist’s presentation, the panel named fifteen-year-old Greyson McCluskey of Indian Trail, North Carolina the Wouldn’t It Be Cool If… grand prize winner. Greyson won over the judges with his idea for the “Baby Safe Rider,” an invention that would help prevent infant and toddler deaths in cars due to overheating — or vehicular hyperthermia.
After meeting each of our guest judges and speaking with the press, Greyson snagged his winner’s plaque and gave a round of hugs to everyone in the room:
“I still can’t believe I won. I truly hope my story and those of the other finalists inspire kids just like us to have the confidence to share their own cool ideas with the world.”
What’s next for young Greyson? He’ll get the chance to bring his idea to life with Fahrenheit 212, a NYC-based innovation consulting firm that develops world-changing ideas and brings them to market. Over the next four months, Greyson will visit Fahrenheit at their NYC offices. Together, they’ll refine his cool idea, create a business model and strategy, and explore how to bring “Baby Safe Rider” to market. Ultimately, Greyson will have the opportunity to present his idea to prospective investors. Greyson will be the firm’s youngest client ever.
We’ll be documenting Greyson’s work with Fahrenheit 212 throughout the summer on connectamillionminds.com. Follow @ConnectMinds on Twitter for reports on Greyson’s adventures in idea development!