What is a Regional Pitch event?
Regional Pitch Events (or RPEs) are first round judging events hosted by Regional Ambassadors. These are available in locations where there are 10 or more teams in a division. Regional Pitch Events are official, competitive events, where the top-scoring teams are guaranteed to advance to the semifinals.
How do I know if an RPE is happening?
If an RPE is scheduled for region, it will appear in your team's dashboard. If an RPE is not scheduled for your region, you can participate in Online Judging.
Events must meet these requirements to qualify as an RPE
- Organized by a Regional Ambassador and hosted between mid-April and May 2020
- The event must be officially registered
- Minimum of 3 judges, a maximum of 5 per division
- Minimum of 10 teams in the Junior Division
- Minimum of 10 teams in the Senior Division
- All teams must pitch their apps live
How will teams at RPEs be chosen as semifinalists?
For every 10 teams participating - 1 top-scoring team will move to the next round. For 11-20 participating teams, 2 top scoring teams will move to the next round.
Judges for these events will be required to submit their scores online by the end of May 2020. Students attending an RPE must select their city event during submissions.
If less than 10 teams can make it to the event, it will become a celebration event and the scores will not be taken into consideration for the global competition.
What is a celebration event?
These are unofficial events that can be organized anytime after April 20, 2020, through July 2020 for celebrating the achievements of local teams. Celebration Events are events with less than 10 teams present in one or both divisions.
Teams at these events can pitch their app ideas and receive feedback. However, these teams must participate in online judging. The scores awarded at these events are not taken into consideration for the global competition.
Can teams who did not finish their submissions still participate at an RPE?
Teams who were marked as “incomplete” (meaning they haven't completed their submission) can have the opportunity to present their app ideas to judges and receive feedback. However, their submissions will not be eligible for scoring.
Can students pitch virtually via Skype?
Yes, students can pitch via Skype. The team is responsible for coordinating with the Regional Ambassador.
Can students pitch in their own language to judges at an RPE?
Yes, students can pitch in their own language, but all submission components must be in English on the platform (or captioned in English).
If students are chosen as one of the finalist teams, they will have to pitch in English to the judges.
Can a mentor be a judge at an RPE?
Any mentor who supported a local team cannot act as a judge at a live event. The only exception is if a person signed up as a mentor but did not end up working with a team.