Mark Your Calendars with these Important Dates


Important Info: Regarding the COVID-19 outbreak we are closely monitoring news & reports from the CDC and we are confident that our digital contest is well-equipped to handle complications.

Due to changes in school schedules across the country, we've extended the final deadline for your projects to April 30, 2020. Hopefully, this extension will help your teams to complete your prototype & final presentation video on time! 


We'll provide updates on details of the final pitch event (currently scheduled for May 13) as the date nears.

The Thomas Edison Pitch Contest has 4 main parts (Registration, Creating Your Project, Final Pitch Presentation Video, & the Pitch Event for Finalists), which will take place over the course of about 5 months. Meeting deadlines is an extremely important part of this contest, meant to give students real-life experience as well as fun opportunities. Be sure to manage your time effectively to ensure success in the competition!

“A genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.”

Thomas Edison 

Contest Timeline


DEC 1 TO DECEMBER 31 - Early Registration Period (NEW)

  • The Thomas Edison Pitch Contest will be accepting early registrants in 2019-2020. Early registrants will receive a special Edison gift for getting started early & will be sent their Maker's Kit Mid-January, giving you more time to complete your project.

  • Register your team here & get your Rough Draft Pitch started!

JANUARY 1 TO JANUARY 30 - Regular Registration Period

  • Students can still register in January 2020! The Maker's Kits for these students will be sent out the first week of February!

FEBRUARY to MARCH​ - Work on Projects & Engineering Notebooks

APRIL 30 (Extended from April 3) - All Final Submissions Due

  • Your Final Video Presentation and all of your Engineering Design Notebooks are due on this day.

  • *Please note: There will be no extensions for this due date. Teachers/Mentors will only get the $300 stipend if we receive this final submission.

Date TBD - Semifinalists Announced

  • Judges will decide on the semi-finalists based on scores from registration, notebooks, and final video presentation.

  • 3 teams in each category (High School, Middle School, and Elementary School) will be selected to compete in the Final Pitch Event.

MAY 13 - Final Pitch Event

  • Teams invited to attend the formal pitch contest to determine winner rankings & receive their prizes. They will pitch their idea in 5 minutes or less to a panel of expert judges at our fun-filled event at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park.


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