WPI community members have already wowed national television audiences with recent wins in the BattleBots robotics tournament and King of the Nerds competition series.
Now, faculty, students, and alumni have a chance to show off their technical prowess and innovative ideas—and compete for $1 million prize—by applying to the recently announced 2016 “America’s Greatest Maker’s” reality TV challenge.
The series, developed by Intel, Turner Broadcasting, and reality television producer Mark Burnett, is currently casting for inventors who want to turn their ideas into the next big wearable or smart-connected device. It is open to US residents 15 years of age or older, and producers are seeking to recruit a wide range of participants.
“This challenge is all about the maker community,” says Cherish Hamutoff, senior casting producer for the series. “We’re hoping to get applicants from ages 15 to 105, including inventors, engineers, hackers, and others who not only have game-changing ideas but can also help put them into action.”
Participants may enter as teams with up to four core members and can submit with just an idea or with a partial or working prototype. The only requirement is that the device must be able to be integrated with Intel’s Curie module, a button-sized system on a chip complete with a computer processer, Bluetooth connectivity, and sensors. The deadline for application to the challenge is Oct. 2, 2015.