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2021 Something from Nothing Innovation Challenge


Challenge your creativity and problem-solving skills by transforming ordinary items! This competition is open to WU students and Greene County High School students.


Repurpose or reuse plastic to create something of value. Each team may consist of up to 4 people. Individual submissions are allowed. Faculty and staff are welcome to participate. See official rules and challenge information below for important details.

Cash prizes

Top prize: $100 per team member and $100 for your affiliated organization.

Key dates

Competition kickoff - September 16

Full details released via this website.

Create, transform, & innovate - September 16 to September 23

Transform plastic into something of value.

Virtual submission due - September 23

Submit your 90 second - 3 minute video by 11:59pm.

Judging and voting - September 30

Finalists announced and fan favorite voting opens.

Winners aNNounced - October 7

Winners announced on this website and our Instagram.

Something From Nothing Challenge Flyer

Download as a PDF.

Official Rules

  1. Contestants will have until September 23rd at 11:59pm to complete the challenge
  2. Students may submit projects individually or in a team:
    • Team Guidelines: no more than 4 participants per team and teams may include one faculty/staff member
    • Sponsoring organizations: departments, schools, dorms, clubs, etc. may sponsor an innovation team. If a team wins the sponsoring organization wins too! Sponsors must be listed on the registration form when the team enters to receive prize winnings
  3. Collaboration is prohibited between separate teams
  4. Multiple prizes will be awarded in several categories

Submission Details

Video submission is required by 11:59pm on Thursday, Sept. 23rd.

To be considered for the competition, all videos must meet the following requirements:

  1. All videos must be between 1.5 min. – 3 min.
  2. Includes explanation of innovation (what is it and what does it do?)
  3. Details how innovation was made (Show the innovation from all sides, explain how you made it, and the types of plastic you recycled or reused to create it)
  4. Shows value of innovation (purpose, what it would be used for, etc.)
  5. Shows results (has the innovation been deployed/implemented/sold, do you have success stories?)
  6. Video must be submitted virtually.

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Challenge Information

Repurpose or Reuse PLASTIC to create something of value. Plastic must be the primary material used, other secondary materials can also be used.

Something from Nothing Challenge Small Flyer

Award Details

The top teams in several categories will be awarded as follows:

1st Prize

Each Team Member Receives: $100
And the Sponsoring School/Department/Organization Receives: $100

2nd Prize

Each Team Member Receives: $75
And the Sponsoring School/Department/Organization Receives: $75

3rd Prize

Each Team Member Receives: $50
And the Sponsoring School/Department/Organization Receives: $50

Fan Favorite

Each Team Member Receives: $100
And the Sponsoring School/Department/Organization Receives: $100

Please email with any questions or concerns.