Popular Vote

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge invites the world to participate in its judging process, via the Popular Vote. The winner 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, 2019, up to 30 videos will be posted on the Breakthrough Facebook page and officially entered into the 2019 Popular Vote. They will include 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.

For 16 days (September 5 – 20), people around the world will be voting for their favorite video. Whoever 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.

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 Scorer

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 2019 Popular Vote Top Scorer.

Regional Champion

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.

Results

On September 21, 2019, the following results will be posted on the Challenge website:

  • Finalists – The 15 top-scoring videos from the Evaluation Panel will be named “Finalists.”
  • Popular Vote Top Scorer – 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 Popular Vote Top Scorer. The top scorer of the Popular Vote determined in accordance with the criteria set forth in the Rules will be added to the final phase of the judging.
  • Regional Champions - Each of the 7 Geographic Regions will have a top-scorer who receives 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. Those 7 videos will be named Regional Champions.

2018 Popular Vote Top Scorer and Regional Champions

4D Spacetime and Gravity Nikhiya Shamsher, 16 India
Nikhiya Shamsher, 16

4D Spacetime and Gravity

Nikhiya Shamsher, 16, India

Engineering Luck, The P vs. NP Problem Ayesha Ahmed, 18 Australia
Ayesha Ahmed, 18

Engineering Luck, The P vs. NP Problem

Ayesha Ahmed, 18, Australia

Euler's identity Edgar Baudry, 16 France
Edgar Baudry, 16

Euler's identity

Edgar Baudry, 16, France

Forget how to Forget Jean-Paul Khairallah, 18 Lebanon
Jean-Paul Khairallah, 18

Forget how to Forget

Jean-Paul Khairallah, 18, Lebanon

Biological Clock Artem Kirsanov, 17 Russian Federation
Artem Kirsanov, 17

Biological Clock

Artem Kirsanov, 17, Russian Federation

String Theory: A Theory of Everything Luciana Lozano, 14 Mexico
Luciana Lozano, 14

String Theory: A Theory of Everything

Luciana Lozano, 14, Mexico

Flu Pandemic! Sam Rothfarb, 16 United States
Sam Rothfarb, 16

Flu Pandemic!

Sam Rothfarb, 16, United States