If we told you the next MacGyver will be a woman, would you believe us?

Do you remember watching MacGyver growing up, and dreaming of becoming an engineer? You are not the only one. In fact, the TV show is praised for having inspired a whole generation into engineering. Today, ‘The Next MacGyver’ competition is looking for TV ideas featuring the next female hero who will inspire a generation of young women to pursue a career in STEM! DiscovHER tells you all about it.

MacGyver’s creator, Lee Zlotoff, has been faced with the impact his show has had on young people’s careers several times:

I literally could not tell you how many times people have come up to me and said, ‘I became an engineer, or I went into the sciences because of MacGyver.'

Now, he is hoping to reproduce this effect, especially in young women, by partnering with The National Academy of Engineering, The USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and The MacGyver Foundation in order to launch a one of a kind competition: an incubator for television shows that aim inspire the next generation of engineers by providing them with attractive role models.

After a press conference in February, The Next MacGyver’ competition was launched. Thanks to an overwhelmingly good media coverage, lots of people were incited to participate, making the initiative receive over 2000 submissions. The competition’s creators had to recruit more evaluators than expected, as every entry is read at least twice by different people: first by a group of engineers, and then by a group of people from the entertainment industry. As a result, 12 finalists were selected, having written “show bibles” that detail the story concept, build character backstories, outline a season arc and describe the universe in which they operate. 

Make sure you stay tuned for the final on July 28th, when the twelve competition finalists will pitch their ideas, hoping to become one of the five winners! The prize includes US$ 5000, and exclusive mentoring from successful Hollywood producers who will help them develop five original pilot screenplays.

Check out the The Next MaGyver competition finalists’ ideas, and let us know who you think should win at @4womeninscience!

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