The Big Idea Challenge video pitch competition encourages young people from programme countries to develop an innovative ‘startup’ and tell the world about it. 

The three competition categories give all types of ideas an equal chance – whether it's about a great business venture, an amazing creative project or simply trying to make the world a better place. The categories are:

  1. Digital technology
  2. Social impact 
  3. Creative 

We've had hundreds of ideas come in and it was really difficult for our judges to narrow this list down to 63 finalists – including nine teams from Azerbaijan. 

Then, it was up to you – after two weeks of voting, we now have four winning teams in Azerbaijan – one winning team for each category plus a popular vote winner and an overall country winner. Find out more about each of the country winners below.

Boom filter and tank | Social impact category winner and Country winner

A filter tank to reuse rainwater that is collected underground in homes.

Participant: Sevan Mohammadpour

Institution: Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction

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Edible bouquets | Creative category winner

Edible bouquets created without harming flowers.

Participants: Zahra Garayeva, Minira Musayeva

Institution: Azerbaijan Yarat Contemporary Art Space

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Smart parking | Digital technology category winner

A device that ensures proper parking of cars in parking lots.

Participants: Javid Bagirzadeh, Solmaz Fatullayeva

Institution: Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction

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Music is life | Popular vote winner

Fighting the global problem of destruction of nature for musical instruments.

Participants: Jabbar Pashazade, Elvin Guliyev, Ismayil Jamilli

Institution: Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts, Baku

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