#NCBigIdea Challenge


The Fine Print: Submission Guidelines

We want you to THINK BIG, to imagine a broad issue that North Carolinians can work on together that will improve our state economically in the long-term. To spur your thinking, you can review our past topics here (we are looking for new ideas, but these will give you a sense of the kinds of topics we take on, and get your creative juices flowing!). In general, we are looking for big ideas that will:

1.  Generate curiosity and conversations by a broad group of people across the state

2.  Provide a platform for multiple perspectives on the topic

3.  Move participants toward agreement on actions, both locally and statewide


Include in Your Submission:
  • A title for your big idea, not to exceed 100 characters
  • A brief description of your big idea, not to exceed 100 words. Be sure to mention the idea’s:
    • Ability to generate middle ground
    • Relevance for multiple sectors, issues (e.g., health, education, built and natural environment, economy), and demographic groups
    • Already growing momentum or energy across the state
  • Your name, email, and phone number (in case we need to reach you)
  • Relevant links to more information from credible sources


DEADLINE FOR Submissions July 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

You can share your ideas more broadly on Twitter using #NCBigIdea.

The Even Finer Print (for you Policy wonks, geeks and competition junkies): CLICK HERE!


For press inquiries, please contact Nan Sanseverino at nan_sanseverino@ncsu.edu. A media kit is available for download below.

Media Kit