Commonly Asked Questions
Have a questions? Here are answers to ones we often receive.
What is Red Bull Basement?
Red Bull Basement empowers student innovators in all areas of study to kickstart their ideas using technology to drive positive change. The aim is to connect and inspire all students to constructively challenge the status quo and make positive impacts, now and for the future. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur or an inventor to join – everyone is invited to the brainstorm. The climax is a Global Final, where finalist teams bring their ideas to life for a pitch to global judges. Along the way are opportunities for networking, expert mentoring and more.
Why Red Bull Basement?
Red Bull Basement was created specifically to empower the next generation of young innovators to develop bold new ideas and implement tech and other solutions. The goal is to make a positive impact on their campuses, within their communities and beyond. As a university student, you’re welcome no matter what area you study – why wait until after graduation to work toward positive change when the world needs your ingenuity and big ideas now?
What is the history behind Red Bull Basement?
Red Bull Basement was launched in São Paulo, Brazil in 2015 with the aim of supporting and enabling hackers, makers and coders who were using their tech skills to solve social and environmental challenges in their cities. Since then, the initiative has expanded, and at Red Bull Basement Global Workshops held in Berlin, Germany (2018), Toronto, Canada (2019) and an innovative virtual space (2020), participant ideas covered a broad range of themes. The common thread throughout the years has been empowering young innovators and driving change for the better.
What kind of ideas and projects can apply to Red Bull Basement?
Every idea is welcome – you can offer a solution for a pressing, unmet need affecting life on campus or a greater challenge in the community. Technology may be the whole solution, or one part of it. Topics are limited only by your imagination, but to get started, think of:
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Learn more about successful ideas from previous years in the Thought Starters section.
Do I have to apply in English?
Application videos may be submitted in English, or in another language as long as English subtitles are included. However, it is mandatory for all students who apply to be able to speak English.
Does my application video need to look professional?
Your idea and the impact it can make are what matter most. Create the video explaining your idea on your phone, your laptop or whatever is easiest – maximum 60 seconds.
Who can apply for Red Bull Basement?
Students (of the legal age of majority in their province/territory of residence) who are able to speak English and reside in any of the 44 participating countries may apply in teams of one or two students. Within these criteria, students in every field of study are encouraged to submit an idea that they think will make a meaningful impact. Students outside these criteria are welcome to participate by supporting their favorite idea with a shout-out in the Application phase.
How many team members can be part of the project?
Applications can be submitted individually or in groups of two students. More team members can collaborate behind the scenes, but only up to two selected representatives will introduce and pitch the idea at the Global Final.
Is it possible to apply as a team of one?
You can enter Red Bull Basement individually, or as a team consisting of two members. Please remember that each participant must be a student enrolled from the start of the Application & Community Shout-Outs phase through the end of the Global Final ( through ).
I just recently graduated from university. Can I still apply?
Each participant must be a student enrolled from the start of the Application & Community Shout-Outs phase through the end of the Global Final ( through ).
How do I know if my country is participating?
All participating countries can be found in the Terms of Participation section.
What’s the difference between local events and the Global Final?
Local events are being held on your campus or online to inform and inspire you about Red Bull Basement on a national level. They’re a great place to network, hear from experts and find team members. Meanwhile the Global Final, formerly known as the Global Workshop, is the climax of Red Bull Basement, attended by finalist teams. You don’t have to attend a local event to apply for Red Bull Basement, but you are more than welcome! For registration information, see the Events section of this website.
How will ideas be selected for the Global Final?
Eligible uploaded ideas will be considered by a panel of local judges. These judges will select the national finalist to attend the Global Final using the following criteria: feasibility, impact, creativity and shout-outs that were made by the community during the Application phase.
How many shout-outs can I give?
You can give a shout-out to as many ideas as you like, but you can give a shout-out to each particular idea only once every 24 hours.
Who can give a shout-out?
Everyone is welcome to give a shout-out.
Who are the judges?
There are two types of judging panels: local judges in the Selection phase, and global judges at the Global Final. Every judging panel will include a variety of experts selected by Red Bull Basement. Experts will be chosen based on their credibility in the innovator space, tech know-how, entrepreneurial experience and connection to the student scene.
The Global Final judges will be announced here on the Red Bull Basement website.
What happens if I am selected to represent my country as a finalist?
The finalists – one team from each participating country – will be publicly announced on . A Red Bull Basement representative will get in contact with each finalist team via the email address they provided in their application. If a finalist team doesn’t confirm their attendance within 48 hours, or doesn’t fulfill the requirements to participate, the runner-up will be invited to the Global Final.
How does the development phase work?
Finalist teams will have over five weeks (Nov. 2 through Dec. 13) to get their idea ready for the Global Final. Red Bull Basement will provide basic funds, mentorship sessions with international experts in relevant fields, networking opportunities and a working space.
How do the mentorship sessions work?
Teams will have access to international experts of different backgrounds including Investment, Funding, Hardware/software, Tech, and Engineering. Each team will be able to choose two of these experts for a mentorship meeting based on the needs of the project. You can find mentor profiles in the Global Final section as they become available.
When and where is the Red Bull Basement Global Final 2021?
In 2021, the Global Final will be held in Istanbul, Turkey for the first time. From -, the national finalists will come together to collaborate with mentors and peers, get insights from leading visionaries, and take part in workshops and surprise activities before pitching their ideas to a panel of experts.
Who can take part in the Global Final?
All finalist teams will be invited to the Global Final. That’s one team from each participating country, as selected by the judges. Each finalist team may send a maximum of two participants to the Global Final: the names of both must have been listed on the team’s original Red Bull Basement application, and both must speak English.
What about the legal ownership of my idea?
When students submit an application, they are confirming that their idea belongs to them. Ownership of the idea then remains fully with the student(s) who applied. All mentorships, connections and resources provided by Red Bull Basement come with no strings attached, as outlined in the Terms of Participation section.
What’s the prize for Red Bull Basement 2021?
The team honoured as Global Winner 2021 at the Global Final will receive a custom package of resources to realise their unique idea.
What is the wildcard team?
Besides the 44 national finalists, once again this year our Official Technology Services Partner, NTT, will select and support an additional "wildcard" team to participate in the Development phase and Global Final. With hybrid event services that combine the best of in-person and virtual experiences they educate and inspire, regardless of location, NTT is looking for innovative student ideas that can disrupt the status quo. Click on their link to find out more.