Bright House Networks Names Finalists In Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth Competition

Students to Present Their Innovative Ideas at Finalist Pitch Event on March 2

Feb 08, 2016, 10:00 ET from Bright House Networks

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Bright House Networks today announced the regional winners of its Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth competition.

This multistate competition challenges high school students to dream up the coolest inventions to make their own life, community or even the world, more awesome. To qualify, students must show how science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can bring their idea to life.

The competition, now in its second year, drew ideas from 165 young innovators across the country. Regional finalists representing five of Bright House Networks service areas were selected to compete at the national competition. From apps and gadgets to health, wellness, nature, transportation and more, they created a rich array of bright ideas to make our world a better place.

After months of preparation, the following students have earned their spots as the 2016 Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth Finalists:




Project Name

Tampa Bay, Fla.

Xavier Almeyda, 16

State College of Florida Collegiate School


Central Florida

Hannah Verma, 16

Lake Highland Preparatory School

"Verma Hygiene Mister"

Bakersfield, Calif.

Samantha Miranda, 15, and Jennifer Reyes, 15

South High School

"SJ Vision"

Indianapolis, Ind.

Victor Xiao, 16, and Chris Skalnik, 17

Park Tudor School

"Produce Sterilization
Via Quorum Sensing Inhibition"

Birmingham, Ala.

Desiree Brooks, 17

Center Point High School

"The Next Step!"

"Congratulations to our finalists and to all students who participated in this year's program!" said Kimberly Maki, corporate vice president, corporate communications and public relations, Bright House Networks. "Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth is about taking an idea and developing it into an innovation, which in turn could become a reality. Our regional competitions were extremely close. We have been truly inspired by these incredible students and the creativity and scope of their Bright Ideas."

Finalists will enjoy an all-expense-paid trip to Orlando, Fla., to compete in the Finalist Pitch Event. As part of the program, they will receive mentoring from successful innovators and entrepreneurs and get coaching in pitching their ideas and appearing on television.

The Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth Finalist Pitch Event will take place on March 2, 2016, at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center's Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater in Orlando. Students will compete head-to-head on TV, in front of a studio audience. They will have no more than six minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts, who will select one lucky winner. The program will be recorded and available via Video on Demand (VOD) on Bright House Networks.

The Grand Prize winner will have the chance to work with leading, Orlando-based product and technology innovation firm Astralis Group to build a virtual prototype and business plan to help bring the student's Bright Idea to life.

"Today's youth are our best hope for a better future," Maki explained. "Bright House Networks is proud to encourage our next generation of leaders and innovators."

For tickets to the Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth Finalist Pitch Event, click here.

More information about Bright Ideas STEM from Today's Youth is available online at For information about all of Bright House Networks educational initiatives, including its Future Leaders Scholarship program and Classroom Innovators Grant program, visit

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 and two of the top 20 DMAs. 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. Bright House Networks Business Solutions offers a strong portfolio of video, voice, data, and cloud-based solutions to the small and medium business segments. In addition, Bright House Networks Enterprise Solutions provides advanced, fiber-based telecommunication services to key industry verticals in the mid-market and carrier segments, including cloud-based hosted voice, managed security, and cell backhaul to wireless carriers. The company is Cisco® Master Service Provider-certified 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. For more information about Bright House Networks, or our products and services, visit


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