The Parity Project Innovation Challenge asks Boulé-Base 11 Fellow candidates to propose solutions that can help bridge the historic disparities that Black Americans face in key career fields and STEM industries.
A complete Proposal for Parity will consist of background research on your chosen disparity, an innovative solution for addressing the inequality, and an action plan that describes how you would implement your vision.
One-of-a-kind networking opportunities and cash prizes await the winners of this challenge, including the chance to attend a sponsored trip to destinations like Washington D.C. and the Bahamas where you will present your proposal before national leaders and influential executives!
Will you help Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Base 11 to achieve parity for Black America? Head to Base 11 Digital first to sign up and access key program information. Then, view the Proposal Guidelines to begin your Proposal for Parity!
What is the Parity Project Innovation Challenge (PPIC)
The PPIC is a special prize competition that recognizes the best-in-class Proposals for Parity with cash awards and valuable networking and development opportunities. All Boulé-Base 11 Fellow candidates are encouraged to participate! Your Proposal for Parity forms the base of your submission to the Parity Project Innovation Challenge.
How can I participate in the PPIC?
If you wish to participate in this challenge, respond “Yes'' to the appropriate question in the submission form when you submit your Proposal for Parity and then create a required Pitch Video and Slide Deck to upload with your proposal.
Note: You must submit your Proposal for Parity by this year’s PPIC submission deadline if you wish to participate in this cycle of the challenge.
The Pitch Video should be a 2-3 minute video for you to captivate your audience with your idea. Describe the gravity of the disparity you have addressed and convey the impact of your proposed solution. This is your opportunity to bring your proposal to life, so be creative and dynamic!
The Pitch Deck is a slide deck that should concisely outline the content of your Proposal for Parity. It should be no more than 10 slides long and contain only the most important elements of your proposal. You may choose to include elements of your Pitch Deck in your video if you feel that it helps you to tell your story.
Participation in the Parity Project Innovation Challenge is an opportunity to gain a seat at the table with influential leaders and STEM professionals. These experiences should help you to leave your mark on creating avenues for African Americans to experience their rights to wealth.
The prizes for this challenge include substantial cash awards and once-in-a-lifetime development opportunities, such as attending sponsored networking trips where you will present your winning Proposals for Parity to leaders and executives from across the country. The exposure and knowledge gained from this experience will be an invaluable asset as you continue your STEM-related careers.
Each Proposal for Parity submitted to the Parity Project Innovation Challenge will be judged in one of three different competitor groups, according to the submitter’s identification:
High school juniors and seniors (Grade 11 and Grade 12)
College and university students (Any Tertiary Education)
Early career adults and entrepreneurs (up to age 34)
Within each of these groups, up to three of the most compelling submissions will be selected as finalists, for a total of nine finalists.
These selected finalists will present their Proposals for Parity before a panel of experienced judges, with a period of Q&A to follow. After the presentations take place, the judging panel will select and announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners within each group, determining the final prize rankings. Various awards and cash prizes await these winners for their commitment and effort!
First and foremost, the three 1st place winners from each competitor group will earn a seat on a sponsored trip to Washington, D.C. and Nassau, Bahamas. Here, candidates will be able to network and share their Proposals for Parity with leaders and executives from the Executive Leadership Council and the Grand Boulé meeting of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, respectively. During these trips, you may discover recruitment opportunities or encounter sponsors who wish to help implement your proposed solution. These trips are tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2022.
Lastly, up to three winners from each competitor group will also be awarded a cash prize as listed in the following table, alongside an honorable mention which may be distributed to a deserving competitor at the judges’ discretion:
1st Place (3 winners total, one per group)
2nd Place (3 winners total, one per group)
3rd Place (3 winners total, one per group)
Total Prize Pool
October 6, 2021
April 7, 2022 @ 5:00 pm ET
April 7 - May 2, 2022
May 9, 2022
Week of May 16, 2022
May 25, 2022
Challenge Judging Criteria
ATTENTION: The Judging Criteria below are distinct from the Evaluation Criteria listed on the Guidelines Tab. The evaluation process determines whether a Proposal is accepted for the candidate’s participation in the Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program.
The judging process, however, is distinct from this. These judging criteria are used to score all proposals that opt-in to the Parity Project Innovation Challenge. Their scores will be used to help the judges determine the finalists for the pitching round and the overall winners of the challenge.
What is the quality of the proposal’s background research?
Is the proposal’s underlying rationale supported by sound research?
Has the candidate accurately identified a root cause to their expressed problem statement?
Does the problem statement clearly convey the intended focus of the proposal?
How effectively does the candidate’s proposed solution address the problem?
Does the proposed solution clearly address the candidate’s chosen Next Frontier industry and Parity Lane?
Has evidence been provided that gives confidence in the chosen strategies? Perhaps they have shown how the strategies succeeded in other contexts?
Does the proposed solution address the problem in an innovative way?
Has the candidate incorporated helpful lessons from other fields of knowledge?
Does the solution provide a new or unexpected means of remedying the identified disparity?
Is the proposed solution an entirely new idea or does it develop an existing idea further?
Has the candidate provided a feasible timeline and list of resources for implementing their plan?
Is the description of the necessary costs and resources for the plan reasonable?
Does the proposal identify potential talent, sponsors, or partners that may support the implementation of the solution?
Does the candidate properly identify obstacles that the proposal is likely to face?
Does the candidate provide reasonable responses to these obstacles?
Are the potential timeline impacts of these obstacles also addressed?
How impactful and justified are the candidate’s planned outcomes?
Is the scope of the potential impact justified by the proposal’s content?
Do the outcomes directly affect the targeted racial disparity?
Does the candidate provide a powerful and effective means of measuring the solution’s success over time?
Creativity and Pitch Quality
Does the candidate construct an engaging narrative for their overall proposal?
How engaging is the pitch video for the candidate’s proposal?
Does the video convey the essence of their proposal succinctly and with energy?
Does the pitch deck efficiently explain the premise of the proposal?
Is the deck well made, concise, and visually appealing?
The Parity Project Innovation Challenge (The Challenge) is open to Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program candidates. The Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program is open to individuals from their Junior year of high school to professionals and entrepreneurs up to 34 years of age. The Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program is limited to qualified residents of the United States, the United Kingdom, and the Bahamas. Submissions must be made in English. All challenge-related communication will be in English.
No specific qualifications or expertise in the targeted field of STEM is required. Prize organizers encourage outside individuals to compete and propose new solutions.
Submissions must be made online (only), via upload to the HeroX.com website, on or before 5:00 pm ET on April 7, 2022 in order to be eligible for the current Parity Project Innovation Challenge. All entries must be completed through the submission form and all uploads must be in the requested format(s). No late submissions will be accepted for the Challenge.
Intellectual Property Rights:
As detailed in the Challenge-Specific Agreement – Innovator will retain all intellectual property rights to their technology.
Selection of Winners:
Based on the winning criteria, prizes will be awarded per the Judging Criteria section above. In the case of a tie, the winner(s) will be selected based on the highest votes received from the Judges.
In the event that none of the submissions meet the Judging Criteria, the sponsor will award the following consolation prize(s) to the eligible competitor(s) that score the highest (up to one consolation prize per competitor group):
Consolation Prize: $200
Awarding of the Prize:
The Individual Submitter is automatically designated as the Recipient of the prize monies. The Individual’s name must also match the Authorized Person on the receiving Bank Account information provided. No changes are permitted to the prize Recipient after the Submission Deadline date. If you wish to change who would receive the prize monies, those changes must be completed prior to the Submission Deadline.
Up to 3 eligible finalists within each competitor group may be chosen to participate in the Pitch Sessions in order to compete for sponsored networking trips and monetary prizes.
If a 1st place winner is selected who is also younger than 18 years of age, their participation in the sponsored Base 11 trip(s) will be subject to agreement between their legal parent/guardian and the Challenge Sponsor.
The timing or in-person format of the 1st place sponsored Base 11 trip(s) is subject to change due to the state of public health restrictions. Furthermore, the Challenge Sponsor reserves the right to determine all final trip itineraries.
The determination of the winners will be made by a group of judges and technical experts selected by Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity and Base 11.
By participating in the challenge, each competitor agrees to adhere to the HeroX Intellectual Integrity Policy and promises to submit only their original idea. Any indication of "copying" amongst competitors is grounds for disqualification.
All applications will go through a process of due diligence; any application found to be misrepresentative, plagiarized, or sharing an idea that is not their own will be automatically disqualified.
All ineligible applicants will be automatically removed from the competition with no recourse or reimbursement.
No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win the competition.
This message is meant to inform you that the Parity Project Innovation Challenge is now open and accepting your Proposals for Parity! Incredible prizes lie in store for those who win in this year's challenge, but even more enticing is the array of unparalleled opportunities that the Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program offers its members.
Welcome to the Parity Project Innovation Challenge! It's awesome that you are already interested in our challenge mission.
We wanted to give you a heads up that an essential element to participating in this challenge is first applying to become a candidate in the Boulé-Base 11 Fellows Program. We encourage you to apply for candidacy within the program as soon as possible to make use of as many learning opportunities as you can!
To apply to the Boulé-Base 11 Fellows program and join the Next Frontier Initiative, qualified applicants should go to Base 11 Digital and follow the application process. You can also learn more about the program on the FAQ tab.
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Thanks again for your interest. We’re as excited as you are to see the proposals created by all kinds of innovators and disruptors!