Popular Vote

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge invites the world to participate in its judging process, via the Popular Vote. The winners of the Popular Vote will skip the Selection Committee phase of judging and go straight to the final round – where the winner of the competition is selected!

Here’s how the Popular Vote works:

On September 5, 2020, (a) up to 30 videos, including the two top-scoring submissions from each of the 7 Geographic Regions (see list below), as well as the remaining top-scoring videos from the Evaluation Panel judging review, and (b) the top 10 COVID-19 videos will be posted on the Breakthrough Facebook page and will then be part of the 2020 Popular Vote phase of the Challenge.

For 16 days (September 5 – 20), people around the world will be voting for their favorite video. The entry which gets the highest combined total of Likes, Shares and positive reactions (Love, Haha, Wow) on the original post of their video on the Breakthrough Facebook page will be named Popular Vote Top Scorer and will automatically bypass the next round of judging (Selection Committee) and be placed in the final round of judging. Additionally, the COVID-19 video with the highest combined total of Likes, Shares and positive reactions (Love, Haha, Wow) on the original post of their video on the Breakthrough Facebook page will be named the 2020 COVID-19 Top Scorer and will automatically bypass the next round of judging (Selection Committee) and be placed in the final round of judging.

Popular Vote Geographic Regions:

  • North America (US / Canada)
  • Central America / Mexico / Caribbean / South America
  • Europe
  • Asia (including China)
  • India
  • Middle East / Africa
  • Australia / New Zealand

Popular Vote Top Scorers

As well as taking a shortcut to the final round of voting, the contestant with the highest combined total of Likes, Shares and positive reactions (Love, Haha, Wow) on the original post of their video on the Breakthrough Facebook page will be named the 2020 Popular Vote Top Scorer. Additionally, the COVID-19 video with the highest combined total of Likes, Shares and positive reactions (Love, Haha, Wow) on the original post of their video on the Breakthrough Facebook page will be named the 2020 COVID-19 Top Scorer.

Regional Champions

Within each Geographic Region, whoever has the highest combined total of Likes, Shares and positive reactions (Love, Haha, Wow) on the original post of their video on the Breakthrough Facebook page will be named a Regional Champion.