DENVER -- The Colorado Innovation Network (COIN) and LiveWell Colorado announced the 10 finalists for the nation's first-ever statewide innovation challenge “Imagine Colorado,” setting the stage for the teams to compete for $25,000 in prizes at the Ideas Showcase finale event on May 17.
"We asked all Coloradans of all ages how they would connect Colorado's youth to a healthier lifestyle, and they answered with enthusiasm," said Gov. John Hickenlooper.
"We believe in the power of the collective wisdom of Coloradans to address tough challenges in our communities, and we look forward to seeing just how these incredible ideas to make our kids healthier can become reality."
Over 75 teams from 19 Colorado counties submitted videos on how to connect our state's youth to a healthier lifestyle. The ideas addressed issues such as Colorado's growing childhood obesity rate and food desert challenges, and included unique ways to encourage physical activity and provide all Coloradans access to our Rocky Mountains.
Imagine Colorado Finalists (includes link to video submissions):
Adult - Smart Fit Girls (Larimer County)
Adult - Athmar Parkour (Arapahoe County)
Adult - Colorado Real Food Days (Denver County)
Adult - Pocket Playgrounds (Arapahoe County)
Adult - Leap Adventurers (El Paso County)
Youth - Project:GROW (Jefferson County)
Youth - Running Minds (Denver County)
Youth - Say ShFat That! to Sugar and Junk Food (Arapahoe County)
Youth - Social Media Outdoor Youth App (Denver County)
Youth - Junior Chef (Pitken County)
The 10 finalists will pitch their ideas in front of a panel of local celebrity judges, including Colorado Chief Innovation Officer Erik Mitisek and Colorado Rapids player Dillon Powers, at the Ideas Showcase finale event on May 17 from 4-8 p.m. at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
A live audience will vote to determine who will win the $25,000 in cash prizes, and Gov. Hickenlooper will present the awards. All Coloradans are invited to attend this family-friendly event and can register at https://imaginecolorado.eventbrite.com.
Imagine Colorado is a first-of-its-kind statewide open innovation challenge. Used throughout the world by business, government and higher education institutions, innovation challenges shine a spotlight on a problem or opportunity and ask communities to provide ideas that can help build a better tomorrow.
Finalists were chosen through an online community voting process, as well as through a panel of experts. In addition to the prize money, Unreasonable Institute will provide each of the five adult finalists with the opportunity to interview for the 2016 Unreasonable Institute accelerator program focused on early childhood.
Winning ideas will be distributed to statewide partners across Colorado.
Imagine Colorado is presented by the COIN and LiveWell Colorado and is produced in partnership with The Colorado Health Foundation, Gary Community Investments, Unreasonable Institute, SkipsoLabs, Entravision and Comcast. It is also supported by more than 75 engagement partners from throughout the state.
For more information visit www.imagineco.us.