Congratulations to the Top 25 Y.E.S. for Arkansas finalists!
Expo Day is Friday, February 14, 2020; from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Grand Lobby of the Hot Springs Convention Center, 134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs.
Registration and load-in begins at 8:45 a.m. in the Grand Lobby. Teams will receive booth assignments at that time.
Expo Day will be part of the final day of activities at the 2020 AGATE Conference.
The public is invited to Expo Day, where the finalist teams will have booths to display and sell the products and services they created that earned them Top 25 honors – out of 191 teams across Arkansas!
Finalists need to begin preparing now for how they will set up and decorate their booths to compete in the “Best Marketing Piece” and “Best Retail Booth” categories (see more details below). Team leaders need to begin now to collect signed Media Releases for both themselves and for each team member that will be competing. Click here to download the 2020 Media Release Form. NOTE: All fields are fillable on this form, but the parent / guardian signatures must be signed in writing, not electronically. Parents, chaperones, and other guests will not need to sign a form. T-Shirts will also be provided for all team members and team leaders. Arkansas Capital will be in contact with team leaders to get shirt sizes.
A new set of judges will be at Expo Day to decide the first- through fourth-place winners in these two categories. Teams need to get ready to convince these judges that they have the best product or service and should be the winners!
The 10 finalists selected to also compete in the “Most Innovative Category” will have the added challenge to tell judges why their product / service is better than anything else in the market for a chance to also win first- through fourth-place honors in this category.
The 2020 Y.E.S Awards Ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the convention center following the expo. The first- through fourth-place awards will be presented in each of the three divisions, as well as for the “Best Business Plan” division. (These winners were decided at the end of the first round.)
For the “Best Retail Booth” and “Best Marketing Piece” divisions:
Each team will be provided booth space that is 8 feet wide by 6 feet deep. A skirted 6-foot table, two chairs, and an electrical power drop will also be provided. An 8-foot drape will be hung at the back of the booth with 3 feet of drape hanging along the sides of the booth. Teams will be charged with decorating their booth as if they were in a real-world environment selling to customers. Don’t forget extension cords!
As teams are designing their booths, they should consider color, lighting, signage, and focus. Elements of the display need to be neat and streamlined, showcasing the features and benefits of the team’s product or service. Team members need to be prepared to talk about their product or service to judges and patrons alike while being professional and enthusiastic.
For Best Marketing Piece – marketing items can be flyers, brochures, video and/or audio clips, webpages, social media promotion or other collateral that the students want to create. NOTE: Hardline Internet Access will not be available and Wi-Fi access is limited. Teams that want to produce internet-based marketing pieces should do so where they can be shown offline. They will need to bring laptops or other mobile devices.