Frequently Asked Questions

What is Wouldn't It Be Cool If...?
Wouldn't It Be Cool If... is a new contest jointly presented by Time Warner Cable's philanthropic initiative, Connect a Million Minds , and FIRST , founded by artist, entertainer and entrepreneur This contest, developed in conjunction with education experts, challenges kids in two (2) age categories – 10-12 and 13-15 – to dream up the coolest thing to make their lives, their communities and even the world more awesome. They will then be asked to show how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) could make their idea a reality.
What is the contest entry period for Wouldn't It Be Cool If...?
Eligible kids can enter Wouldn't It Be Cool If... starting February 21, 2012 at 9AM EST and ending March 28, 2012 at 4PM EST.
Who is eligible to enter Wouldn't It Be Cool If...?
Legal U.S. residents residing in the fifty (50) United States and Washington D.C. ages 10-15 at the time of creating a contest account. Eligible kids must also have a parent or legal guardian's permission to enter.
What does the contest submission form look like?
Visit our About page for visuals and descriptions of each step in the contest submission process.
How do I enter?
Go to where you will create an account and submit a written description of your invention idea, along with a drawing and explanation of how science and math can bring your idea to life.
What are the preferred file specs for uploading drawings to the website?
Drawings uploaded to the "Create" step of the idea submission process must not exceed 2MB in size. Acceptable file types are .jpeg, .png and .gif.
Will my idea be automatically posted on for others to see?
Before an idea is made publicly viewable on , it will be reviewed by representatives of Time Warner Cable to ensure that it is in compliance with the Official Contest Rules. Ideas will be reviewed within 72 hours after being submitted.
If I am under 13, why do I have to provide my parent's or legal guardian's email address?
In compliance with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998, parental/guardian consent is needed for any person under the age of 13 years to give personal information to a third party over the Internet. In the case of our contest, your parent/guardian needs to grant consent for you to participate in the contest.
I'm under thirteen and would like to enter the contest but my parent or guardian does not have an e-mail address for me to put into the contest account form. Can I still enter?
Yes. We have created an alternate, offline form of contest entry for children under thirteen who cannot enter online because they do not have a parental e-mail address to provide for permission purposes. If you would like to enter as an individual this way, download and print the individual contest entry packet. If you and your team would like to enter this way, download and print the team contest entry packet. Please review all materials. Each contest packet includes instructions, parental permission slip(s) and a contest entry form. Once your permission slip(s) and contest entry are completed, mail the package to the address specified on the instructions page. Contest entries that are received through the mail and that comply with our official contest rules will be posted to our website for public view and commenting.
How are eligible ideas judged?
Ideas will be posted on the site once moderators approve them for eligibility. Ideas will be judged using the following criteria: 1) creativity (30%) 2) feasibility (30%) 3) usefulness (30%), and 4) awesomeness (10%, determined by public voting).
What is "awesomeness"?
Awesomeness is determined by public vote; the number of awesomes an idea receives is equivalent to the number of user votes. Each awesome is the equivalent of one (1) vote. Each idea page has its own "This Is Awesome" button.

Site visitors may use the "This is Awesome" button – or cast votes for their favorite ideas – starting February 21, 2012 at 9 a.m. EST when the contest submission window opens and ending April 3, 2012 at 4 p.m. EST, five (5) days after the contest entry period closes.
How many times can I vote for an idea I support?
We recognize that students and others from the same school or community organization will want to vote for the same idea, and will be accessing the website from a single IP network to do so. In an effort to accommodate this, two hundred (200) votes per idea may be cast each day per IP address. Additionally, there is a limit of one (1) vote per idea per individual user session. We ask that everyone limits their voting to one (1) per idea per day. In addition to these voting regulations, we will actively monitor and respond to malicious voting practices, including the use of automatic voting software or vote brokering websites. For full voting guidelines, please refer to the Official Rules.
Are team submissions allowed?
Eligible entrants may submit an idea to Wouldn't It Be Cool If... as individuals or teams. Teams can have up to three (3) members; all members of a team must belong to the same age category as of the date of creating a contest account. For teams made up of entrants ages 10-12, we must receive consent as directed on the website from a guardian or parent of each team member in order for that team's idea to be officially entered in the contest.
How many finalists will there be?
Two (2) individuals and/or teams from each age group – 10-12 and 13-15 - will be recognized as contest finalists. Because ideas can be submitted by individuals or teams of between two to three people, between four (4) and twelve (12) people will participate in the finals.
Who selects the finalists?
Finalists are selected by a field of experts including math and science educators, engineering practitioners, and innovation consultants.
When and how will I find out if I am a finalist?
Finalists will be notified in early April 2012.
What do the finalists receive?
Finalists, accompanied by one parent or guardian, will receive a two-night, trip to St. Louis, MO to attend a special event at the FIRST Robotics Championship during the last week of April 2012. At the event, finalists will pitch their ideas to, Dean Kamen and other guest judges. Following the event, the guest judges, with assistance from Time Warner Cable, will identify the grand prize winner(s). Judges will evaluate ideas at the finalist event on three contest criteria: a) creativity b) feasibility and c) usefulness.
How and when will the winner be notified?
The winner will be notified following the final pitch event.
What will the winner(s) receive?
The grand prize winner(s) will have their idea developed by lead innovation firm Fahrenheit 212. The extent to which the idea will be developed will depend upon the nature of the idea. Development may include turning the idea drawing into a real product design, creating a virtual or physical prototype, or helping to create a business plan or identify the best customer for an idea.
How can I help guide my children or students through the ideation process?
In conjunction with education experts, TWC has created a series of guides that parents, educators and after-school professionals can use to help their kids get the most of the contest experience. These robust guides give adults conversation starters, additional activities, and suggested resources for sparking middle-schoolers' interest in math and science. These materials can be downloaded at by visiting our Parents and Educators page.
I left a comment on an idea page. Why can't I see it right away?
All comments submitted to the website are pre-moderated by representatives of Time Warner Cable to ensure that they are in compliance with the Terms of Use of this website. The types of comments that will not be approved for posting to this website include those that, at the sole discretion of Time Warner Cable, contain defamatory or private information about a person or entity, encourage criminal conduct, solicit business for products and services other than those promoted on this website, contain harmful content or code or infringe on third party intellectual property rights. Comments will be reviewed within a period of 72 hours.
Why are certain ideas disqualified during the moderation period?
Each idea that is submitted to our website is pre-moderated by representatives of TWC to ensure that it is in compliance with the Official Contest Rules. Any ideas that violate the contest submission requirements, as determined at the sole discretion of Time Warner Cable, will be disqualified. Entrants whose ideas are disqualified will be notified via e-mail, and will not be able to re-submit their idea. To ensure that your idea is not disqualified, please review the Official Contest Rules and pay particular attention to the “Submission Requirements” section of our Official Contest Rules.