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Shaw Sponsors 2021 Bright Spark Virtual Invention Challenge

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Innovation competition invites students to explore the Future of Home

DALTON, Ga., Sept. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (Shaw), a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., has partnered with Bridge Innovate, Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) and the Design Foundation for the 2021 Bright Spark Virtual Invention Challenge.

The 2021 Bright Spark Virtual Invention Challenge encourages students to explore and concept the Future of Home by posing the question: "How might we enable the homes of the future to be smarter and more sustainable to meet the ever-changing needs of families?" Working individually or on a team, students are tasked to identify a real-world need and design a solution, complete with a 90-second pitch video of their invention submitted online and voted on by the public.

"After the success of last year's Invention Challenge, we are thrilled to partner with Bridge Innovate, IDSA and the Design Foundation on this year's bold, new challenge," said Jay Henry, director of innovation for Shaw. "Shaw utilizes principles of Design Thinking to develop smarter, better products and services that are customer-centric and plan for the future needs of people and the planet. And, since these students are the future, we thought it would be fun to ask them to imagine how they think homes will actively support the ways we all live, entertain, learn and thrive in the next five years."

This free, virtual learning challenge is open to students in grades 4-12 (or equivalent) around the world. Registration must be completed online by Sept. 24, 2021 and video submissions are due in late October. Winners will be announced in November.

To learn more and get your student(s) or local school(s) involved, visit bridgeinnovate.com/invention-challenge.

Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is more than a flooring company – we are more than 20,000 people united in our vision of creating a better future for our customers, for our people, for our community and for our company. We provide carpet, resilient, hardwood, tile & stone, laminate, synthetic turf and other specialty items for residential and commercial markets worldwide. We meet diverse customer needs through an expansive portfolio of brands, including: Anderson Tuftex, COREtec, Floorigami, Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial, Shaw Contract, Shaw Floors, Shaw Sports Turf, Southwest Greens and more.

Headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, Shaw is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway with $6 billion in annual revenue and representation throughout the U.S., as well as in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom. For more information about our company brands, operations and community involvement, or to join our industry-leading team, visit http://www.shawinc.com.

Bright Spark is an experiential adventure, powered by Bridge Innovate, designed to ignite and build creative confidence for students and educators based on the premise that design thinking is fundamental to creating human-centered change. Fueled by inspiration and relentless in creating bold solutions to complex challenges, designers play a vital role in enriching life's journey. Learn more about Bright Spark programs and explore our online resources at https://www.bridgeinnovate.com/brightspark.

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Media Contact

Amanda Steele, Shaw Industries, 706-532-2211, amanda.steele@shawinc.com

SOURCE Shaw Industries