2022 Schedule

2022 Schedule at Illinois State University


2021-2022 Innovation Showcase and Pitch Competition


Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the event, which will take place at Illinois State University in the Hancock Building Stadium Club.


Parking is available exclusively in the Bone Student Center Lot off of Locust St. Parking is $1/hr. Activity buses are able to fit in the lot. Parking in any other lot will result in a ticket/tow. 

Illinois State University

Hancock Building Stadium Club

211 N Main St, Normal, IL 61761


Red Area = event drop off      Yellow Area = event parking lot



Saturday, April 9, 2022

7:30 – 8:30 AM    Parking / Check In / Setup

Hancock Building

To access WiFi in Hancock Stadium Club, please follow these instructions

  • Connect your device to the “ISU-Guest” wireless network and open a web browser
  • You will be prompted to login to the GuestNet website
  • Click “Request an Account” and complete the online form
  • You will receive a text message with your username and password  

8:30 – 8:45 AM    Judge Instruction Meeting

9:00 – 11:00 AM     Innovation Showcase / Judging / Mentoring 


11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Lunch / Display teardown / Judge Score Entry 

Lunch will be provided for all CHSI participants, CHSI educators / sponsors, and specially-invited guests. Parents and other guests will be on their own for lunch.

11:45 – 12:00 PM     TOP 10 Teams Announced

12:00 – 12:15 PM     TOP 10 Teams Prepare For Pitch Competition 

12:15 – 2:15 PM    Pitch Competition

2:00 – 2:15 PM    Judge Deliberation

2:15 – 2:30 PM    Awards Ceremony


Innovation Showcase Display Guidelines

Each innovation will be provided a 2ft x 4ft table to display materials. While an elaborate display is not essential, you do want to share information or examples of your innovative idea. Please note this showcase is not a slide presentation. Please email Blake Whittle [email protected] by March 14 if you need any electricity near your table. Note… The teams who need electricity will need to supply their own power cords and power bars.

If you choose to be virtual for the finals, you will be required to speak with our virtual Innovation Showcase judges via Zoom during a prearranged time slot chosen by your team.

Top 10 Preparation

Each innovation team must be prepared to give a three-minute pitch presentation in the event you are selected for the Top 10. If you have a PowerPoint or Google Slides deck to accompany your presentation, please have your slide deck uploaded to a flash drive to be downloaded to a PC, as well as uploaded to the cloud. The three-minute presentation will then be followed by up to five minutes for questions from the judges. We encourage you to practice your presentation to ensure it flows well and you meet the time limit.  If you or your team is virtual for the Top 10 event, you must make you or your team available on Saturday from 12:00 until 2:30 PM CT with an uninterrupted connection. Please make sure you have downloaded and installed the latest Zoom update. If you don’t use Zoom often, we highly recommend familiarizing yourself with the software and trying it out with your team before the event. If possible, we recommend that you have a wired connection for your PC/Mac to reduce the chances of Internet connectivity issues. 

All innovations will be judged using the following criteria:

    • Originality: How new is the idea?
    • Innovation: How clever is the idea?
    • Utility: How useful or marketable is the idea?
    • Potential: How likely is your idea to grow in impact or consequence?
    • Consequence: Will the idea make a difference in lives?
    • Practicality: Can the idea be brought to fruition as presented?
    • Sustainability: Both financial (can the idea generate enough revenue?) and environmental (is the idea a good steward of our planet’s resources?)
    • Presentation Professionalism: Are you poised and professional?

    This year, due to travel restrictions, teams have the opportunity to participate in the CHSI finals in person or virtually. The top five teams in the finals will receive monetary awards.  If a team participates in person and is selected as one of the finalists they will receive a monetary award of $1000 and possible scholarship to the participating universities.  If a team participates virtually and is selected as one of the finalists they will receive a monetary award of $750 and possible scholarship to the participating universities.  This difference in award money with winning teams who are virtual or in person is intended to offset the cost associated with travel to attend the awards ceremony in person.  Additionally, if teams participate in the CHSI finals virtually they must make themselves available online during the entire event.

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    We look forward to seeing you soon!

    Only the CHSI Winners from the Innovation Showcase (not Honorable Mention Awardees) need to be present at the Pitch Competition. 

    For Honorable Mention Awardees/parents/guests: You may spend as much time as you like exploring the presentations at the Innovation Showcase. 


    Paul Ritter – 815-848-5304 (Cell)


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