Junior Design

About The Competition

The Junior Innovative Design Competition is a chance for high school students (grade 9-12) to demonstrate their maker abilities. This competition will challenge students to develop an innovative solution in any discipline. Each team or individual will design, build and operate their prototype. The goal is to challenge both the team’s design skills and their ability to present the design to our panel of judges. Entrants will be given a booth on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 11:30am-1:00 pm, to display their prototype while the public, conference attendees and judges view the prototypes and discuss the designs. First and second place winner are eligible for prizes

Official Rules


All entrants must register on this page before October 24th, 2018. If for some circumstance you wish to register after this date, email info@ommic.ca for approval.


The eligibility of the Junior Innovative Design Competition is restricted to students enrolled in a Canadian High School (grade 9-12) or equivalent as of October 1, 2018. Entrants may be either be as an individual or as a team of four.


All entrants must be available on Saturday, October 27, 2018, to showcase their designs. The showcase will run from 11:30am-2:30 pm. Any entrant who is not in attendance during the competition hours will be disqualified from the Junior Innovative Design Competition. Finalists will be selected and awarded at the awards ceremony at 3 pm to receive their prizes.


All entrants must have a prototype at the competition on October 27, 2018. If a prototype can’t be supplied, the entrant must submit a one-page document detailing why. The Makers and Mentors Innovation Conference Organizing Committee will determine, based on the submitted document, if the entrant is eligible for the competition.

Authorization Letter

If the entrant is a subset of a team, the remaining members must sign a letter authorizing the entrant to disclose their work. The authorization letter must include full names, signature, email, and phone number of all known competing members.


All entrants will be evaluated on a standardized scoring scale out of 50 points by a panel of judges. The panel will visit each entrant at their designated table. Entrants shall be informed before the beginning of the competition the time of their judging. Each entrant will be given 3 minutes to present their design followed by 2 minutes which are designated for questions that the judges may have (i.e. How much would it cost to make this prototype? How does the prototype work? Who is this prototype designed for?).

The scoring shall be broken down as follows:

Does the design defer substantially from existing designs?
Is the project clearly the competitors work?

Were facts presented correct and complete?
Was the design throughly analyzed?

Is the design economically feasible?
Is the design cost effective?
Has a marketing plan been considered?

Was a prototype, model, or simulation developed?
Has testing been done to prove design feasibility?
Does the prototype or model work?
Was the prototype or model demonstrated during presentation?

Were the environmental impacts of the design analyzed?
Have measures been taken to reduce harmful impacts of the design?
Does the design solve an environmental issues?