Lights. Camera. Action! AICPA Project Innovation

The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is now accepting entries for the 2012-2013 "Project Innovation: Competition of Creative Excellence." This year's competition challenges high school students to develop an idea for a hit TV show focused on the accounting profession. A total of $15,000 in student scholarships and grant money for their schools will go to the top three teams.

The Project Innovation competition - sponsored by the AICPA's "Start Here, Go Places." website - calls for teams of two to four high school students to serve as "TV writers and producers." Teams will develop a proposal that provides an overview of their show, including a production budget and a script they can pitch to "the network" - a panel of judges appointed by the AICPA.
 
"Currently, there aren't any shows on television that capture the wide range of possibilities that exist for a CPA," said Heather L. Bunning, AICPA senior manager, High School and Community College Initiatives. "Television and entertainment are top of mind for teenagers today, so we've challenged them to create a potential TV pilot, while offering them a fun and exciting way to learn about accounting and the CPA profession."
 
Entries should include the show's title, the central idea, and character descriptions, highlighting a clear tie-in to the accounting profession. Complete entries must consist of a two-page proposal, a budget, and a preview script to be submitted no later than December 21, 2012. 
 
From there, the judges - acting as executive producers - will narrow down the entries to the top ten teams. Those teams will receive a video camera in order to bring their script to life as a three-minute preview of their pilot. 
 
"Building a fan base and a following for their show are a must, so the competition will include an online public vote for the top ten teams, which will factor into the final decision," added Bunning.
 
The last step of the competition will include a live presentation to a final-round judge, who will play the part of key decision maker at the network. This will give teams one last chance to pitch their show, explain why it would be a smash hit, and why they should be crowned the winners. 
 
The winning teams will receive scholarships for themselves and funding for their schools, with the first-place team taking home $4,000 in scholarships and $3,000 for their school, second place winning $3,000 in scholarships and $2,000 for their schools, and third place netting $2,000 in scholarships and $1,000 for their school.
 
Students should visit the Project Innovation website page for more information and to submit their entry.
 
Related articles:
 
Source: October 15, 2012, AICPA Press Release 

You may like these other stories...

Curious as to what the fastest-growing accounting and finance jobs might be for the next several years? According to the new 2015 Salary Guide from staffing firm Accounting Principles, some of those jobs include bookkeeping...
In most cases, accountants have gaps in their resumes because they got fired and could not find another job they liked within a short amount of time. If you went back a decade such a gap could have been considered a death...
If you're thinking that bitcoin and digital currency generally are merely some one-off flash in the pan, the new Digital Currency Council would argue otherwise. The council launched in September and already had 400...

Already a member? log in here.

Upcoming CPE Webinars

Oct 30Many Excel users have a love-hate relationship with workbook links.
Nov 5Join CPA thought leader and peer reviewer Rob Cameron and learn ways to improve the outcome of your peer reviews while maximizing the value of your engagement workflow.
Nov 12This webcast presents basic principles of revenue recognition, including new ASU 2014-09 for the contract method. Also, CPAs in industries who want a refresher on revenue accounting standards will benefit.
Nov 18In this session Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA tackles what to do when bad things happen to good spreadsheets.