AACC Big Idea 2022
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The Big Idea Competition is an opportunity for AACC students to pitch a unique or original idea. This event is an opportunity to get creative and identify opportunities that solve a problem or create a convenience. Your video should be persuasive, imagining that your audience is made up of potential investors. Imagine that you were putting the video on your “Go Fund Me” page or pitching your idea on "Shark Tank."

Judges will review submitted videos and score submissions. Top videos will be viewed Thursday, November 17th during the Big Idea Competition Viewing Party and Awards Ceremony at 3:30 p.m. in HLSB 100. Prizes will be awarded.

  • 1st Place:  $1,000
  • 2nd Place: $   500
  • 3rd Place:  $   250
  • Fan Favorite:  $250 will be awarded to the video with the most votes based on daily votes online from November 11th 8 a.m. to November 15th at 8 a.m.
  • Community Idea: $250 will be awarded to a big idea focused on making a difference in the community. 

Special thanks to our award sponsor The Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation!

Submission Rules

  • Must be an AACC student in good standing (financially and academically) who is currently enrolled in at least one credit or non-credit course or has completed at least one course at AACC between January 1, 2022 and October 31, 2022.
  • Must have a Student ID.
  • Must complete the FAFSA. 
  • If a group enters, at least 50% of the team, and preferably more, of the group must meet the above enrollment criteria. All group members must be clearly identified in the submission, and a contact name, telephone, and e-mail address must be provided.
  • All ideas must be original. The entrant must attest to those facts in the submission.
  • By submitting your Big Idea, you understand, agree and authorize your video to be publicly viewed.
  • Must submit a video between no more than 120 seconds. Videos will be cut off after 120 seconds.
  • Must submit a video ONLINE and by the deadline of October 31, 2022 at noon.
  • Please submit using the following video format requirements:
    • MPEG2 HD 1920 X 1080 or .MOV files.
    • Link to YouTube or Vimeo video 
  • Must stay within the max. length of 120 sec max. Videos will be cut after 120 seconds.
  • Tips for creating your video:
    • Use a mic as close to your subject as possible without getting it in the shot. Or, use a clip-on lavaliere (lapel) mic.
    • Make sure your surroundings are quiet, unless that is part of your video.
    • Use good lighting. Make sure your subject is well lit. Shoot outdoors if possible.
    • Watch for “photo bombers” as they will rob your viewer’s attention.