Pitch Your Big Idea!
Pitch Your Big Idea!
Southwest Airlines began with two friends, over drinks, with an idea sketched out on a cocktail napkin. That big idea created the nation’s largest domestic carrier and one of the world’s most honored companies. We’ve led the way in doing things a little differently at Southwest. In that same spirit, we are empowering and encouraging young minds to take their ideas from their dorm rooms, to pitching them to potential investors with the hope of attracting interest and support for their vision. Through our new partnership with RECESS, a music and innovation festival, we witnessed some incredible stories and big ideas, such as ThirdEye. The challenges faced by a visually impaired relative inspired five students at the University of Pennsylvania to create ThirdEye during a hackathon three weeks into their freshman year. ThirdEye is a software program that recognizes and verbally identifies everyday items to assist the visually impaired. Through their entrepreneurship journey, the founders of ThirdEye not only strive to help the visually impaired live more independently, but to also make a positive impact on the world. As the winner of the RECESS Pitch contest at the University of Pennsylvania, ThirdEye will participate in the finals “Field Trip” scheduled to take place Jan 14-16, 2016.
ThirdEye being pitched at RECESSDo you have a big idea of your own? If you’re a college student ready to make your big idea a reality, submit your Pitch to our friends at RECESS by Nov 15. You’ll have a chance to advance to the finals Field Trip in Los Angeles where you will embark on a three-day, all-expense paid excursion to Los Angeles to meet with mentors, industry leaders and investors. If your idea incorporates a way to revolutionize the customer experience in the travel industry, make sure to submit your idea in the exclusive Southwest Travel category for a chance to win roundtrip travel to New York City, Los Angeles, and San Francisco to seek investors. The individual or team of two will also be invited to Southwest Airlines Headquarters in Dallas, TX to discuss their idea. For more details please visit recess.is.
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