Popular Vote

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

Here’s how the Popular Vote works:

On September 5, up to 30 videos, including the two top-scoring submissions from each of the 7 Geographic Regions (see list below), will be posted on the Breakthrough Facebook page and will take part of the 2021 Popular Vote. In addition to submissions from the Geographic Regions, the 30 videos will include top-scoring videos (including Space Exploration entries) after the Evaluation Panel. See the Rules for full details on the Popular Vote.

Popular Vote Top Scorer

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 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.

Regional Champions

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

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

Space Exploration Top Scorer

The top-scoring Space Exploration video in the Popular Vote will move on to the final round of judging for the Space Exploration Champion. See the Space Exploration page or the Rules for more information.