FIRST® LEGO® League Announces 3rd Annual Global Innovation Award Competition Presented by X PRIZE Foundation

  FIRST® LEGO® League Announces 3rd Annual Global Innovation Award Competition
  Presented by X PRIZE Foundation

 Dean Kamen Inspired by Kid Inventors Worldwide; 5 Million Vote on Finalists

 Global Innovation Award Presented by X PRIZE Foundation and supported by The
LEGO Group, AARP, Booz Allen Hamilton, Edison Nation, John Deere, and Rockwell

   United States Patent and Trademark Office to Recognize Winners in Awards

Business Wire

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- March 28, 2013

FIRST^® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a
not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen, announced
thatFIRST^® LEGO^® League (FLL^®) teams across the globe are competing for
the chance to win worldwide recognition and a cash award of $20,000 in the
third annual FLL Global Innovation Award presented by the X PRIZE Foundation.
The award encourages FLL teams, comprised of youths ages 9-16, to submit ideas
stemming from their current season’s SENIOR SOLUTIONS^SM Challenge.

The Global Innovation Award winning team will receive a cash award of $20,000.
The two runners-up will receive $5,000 each. The top three teams will be
invited to an awards ceremony at the United States Patent and Trademark Office
(USPTO) in Alexandria, Va. in June, 2013. Nearly 500 FLL teams submitted ideas
for the 2013 competition, and almost 5 million online votes were cast to help
determine the finalists.

“Creativity and new ideas come from everywhere and at any age, and the FLL
Global Innovation Award has proven that over the last three years. Young
people have an exceptional ability to solve difficult real-world problems,”
said inventor Dean Kamen, President of DEKA Research and Development and FIRST
Founder. “This award helps students worldwide understand that they, too, can
create and invent. Their problem-solving skills are what our future needs in a
complex world. FIRST is proud that the X PRIZE Foundation has continued their
support for such an outstanding program.”

The 2012-2013 SENIOR SOLUTIONS^SM Challenge, still in progress, tasked FLL
teams in more than 60 countries to improve the quality of life for seniors by
helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their

X PRIZEs attract the world’s top innovators and support them in tackling the
grand challenges faced by society.

“Kids are natural innovators and the FLL Global Innovation Award gives
students a chance to see how much fun they can have changing the world
throughinvention,” said Gregg Maryniak, Secretary of the X Prize Foundation,
adding, “We are honored to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Global Innovation
Award competition, and to continue the X PRIZE tradition of encouraging new
generations of innovators.”

The FLL Global Innovation Award Partners in Innovation Sponsors include: The
LEGO ^ Group, Booz Allen Hamilton, John Deere, MasterCard, and Rockwell
Collins. Edison Nation is the Go-To Market Sponsor to help winning teams take
their product from idea to store shelves. The FLL Global Innovation Award is
presented in cooperation with AARP and the USPTO.

The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international program for 9 to 16-year-old
children (9 to 14 in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico) created in a partnership
between FIRST and The LEGO Group in 1998 to get children excited about science
and technology and teach them valuable employment and life skills. Using
LEGO^® MINDSTORMS^® technologies and LEGO Education materials, children work
alongside adult Coaches to design, build, and program autonomous robots and
create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project.
After eight intense weeks, the competition season culminates at high-energy,
sports-like tournaments. Like any other organized “sport,” teams also
fundraise, create a team identity, and go on field trips.

The LEGO Group, Founding Partner of FIRST LEGO League, has supported the
growth and success of FLL through ongoing funding and donations for more than
a dozen years as the program has grown into a global competition. In the
2012-2013 FLL season, the program registered over 200,000 youth worldwide.

The general public is invited to visit the Global Innovation Award website at

About the X PRIZE Foundation

Founded in 1995, the X PRIZE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is the leading
organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing
large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prize competitions that stimulate
investment in research and development worth far more than the prize itself.
The organization brings about radical breakthroughs for the benefit of
humanity by inspiring the formation of new industries and the revitalization
of markets that are currently stuck due to existing failures or a commonly
held belief that a solution is not possible. It motivates brilliant innovators
from all disciplines to leverage their intellectual and financial capital. The
X PRIZE Foundation conducts competitions in five Prize Groups: Education;
Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences.
Active prizes include the $30 million Google Lunar X PRIZE, the $10 million
Archon Genomics X PRIZE presented by Medco, and the $10 million Qualcomm
Tricorder X PRIZE. For more information, go to

About the USPTO

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the Federal agency
for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO
fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution
that the Executive branch "promote the progress of science and the useful arts
by securing for limited times to inventors the exclusive right to their
respective discoveries." The USPTO registers trademarks based on the Commerce
Clause of the Constitution (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system
of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been
invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities
created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S.
economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and
investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and
trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs.
The USPTO is at the cutting edge of the Nation's technological progress and

About the LEGO Group

The LEGO Group is a privately-held firm based in Billund, Denmark. The LEGO
Group is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative
abilities through high-quality, creatively educational play materials, and its
employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk
Christiansen: "Only the best is good enough." For more information, visit

About FIRST^®

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST^®  (For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of
science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST
designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge,
and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in
science, technology, and engineering. Over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies
support FIRST. FIRST offers more than $16 million in college scholarships, and
hosts the FIRST^® Robotics Competition (FRC^® ) for students in Grades 9-12;
FIRST^® Tech Challenge (FTC^® ) for Grades 7-12; FIRST^® LEGO^® League (FLL^®
) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST^® LEGO^® League (Jr.FLL^®) for Grades K-3.
Gracious Professionalism^® is a way of doing things that encourages
high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals
and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to

FIRST and the FIRST logoare registered trademarks of the United States
Foundation For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). 
LEGO^® is a registered trademark of The LEGO Group.


Cheryl Walsh, 603-206-2460
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