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New Bright House Networks Program Will Challenge Youth to Pitch Innovative Ideas

ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Do you have what it takes to create the next big idea?  Is your creative genius aspiring to unfold? Bright House Networks is proud to present Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth, a multi-state competition where high school students dream up the coolest inventions to make their own life, community or even the world, more awesome… and show how STEM – that's science, technology, engineering and math, can bring their idea to life. The new Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth program will award one student (or team of students) the opportunity to work with a lead innovation firm – which means this student's dream or idea could potentially be realized and fulfilled!

Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth is open to all high school students who are at least 14 years old as of the date of entry and who attend a public, private or parochial high school within a Bright House Networks service area. Students will be able to compete as individuals or as part of a team. Teams who enter will be required to assign an ownership stake (from 1 to 100%) to each team member for the entry submitted.  

"Bright House Networks is thrilled to introduce the new Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth program," said Kimberly Maki, corporate vice president, corporate communications and public relations, Bright House Networks. "Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives are critical for student success today, and we are dedicated to working together with businesses in the communities we serve to raise awareness about its critical role in educating our youth for tomorrow. Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth is a fun way for students to use their creativity and come up with the next addictive app or 'can't live without' tech product."

What will students win? Six lucky finalists will be chosen, one from each of Bright House Networks service areas. These students will travel to Orlando, Fla., where they will compete head-to-head on TV, in front of a studio audience. The program will be recorded and available via Video on Demand (VOD) on Bright House Networks.

At the Finalist Pitch Event, the six confirmed Finalists will have no more than six minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts who will select one lucky winner. The Grand Prize Winner will have the chance to work with lead innovation firm Fahrenheit 212 in New York to build a virtual prototype and a business plan.

Bright House Networks is welcoming the help of local businesses, nonprofits or individuals who have an education, entrepreneurship or innovation background for the new program. To find out how you can get involved or to register for program updates, e-mail [email protected]. To access the most up-to-date information visit www.brighthouse.com/brightideas.

More information is available online about all of Bright House Networks educational initiatives, including its Future Leaders Scholarship program and Classroom Innovators Grant program at www.brighthouse.com/about/about-us/community.

About Bright House Networks
Bright House Networks is the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S. and the second largest in Florida with technologically advanced systems located in five states including Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California.

Bright House Networks serves approximately 2.5 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data, home security and automation and voice services. The company also offers a strong portfolio of customizable, advanced business solutions for video, voice, data, cloud-based and managed services.  The company is MEF-certified and also recently received the Cisco® Master Service Provider Certification under the Cisco Cloud and Managed Service Program, the first cable operator in the United States to achieve this designation.   Bright House Networks also owns and operates exclusive, award-winning, local news and sports channels in its Florida markets.

More information is available about Bright House Networks or our products and services, visit brighthouse.com.

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