Intel’s successful “Make It Wearable” challenge from last year is getting the reality TV treatment. Intel, Turner Broadcasting, and Mark Burnett (creator of Survivor, The Apprentice, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader and a ton of other shows you don’t admit you watch) are producing the program America’s Greatest Makers to air next year.
You’ve got to be at least 18 (15 with parent’s permission — and seriously, what parent would OK this?) and have no more than four members on your core team. They’re looking for projects “that center around small form-factor smart devices that do not require video/camera functionality.”
Want to apply? Here’s h0w. You’ve got until October 2.
The fine print is kind of interesting. They say flat out that Intel and the other producers do not take any financial interest or patents in the makers’ work (as opposed to Shark Tank, which takes 5 percent of your company when you go on the air). Also, you need to commit to 125 days for production, plus promotion time. And here’s a kicker: you may not have ever pitched, offered for sale, or tried to raise money for, your product.
Sounds like fun. Good luck.