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Mark Your Calendars with these Important Dates


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 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.

APRIL 9 - 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.