“Chico HealthCare Software” Selected as Winner in Inaugural Competition

Orlando, Fla. (March 9, 2015) - Bright House Networks today named Ashley Chico from Orlando, FL as the grand prize winner in its inaugural Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth program. Bright Ideas STEM, a multi-state competition for high school students, challenged students to dream up the coolest inventions to make their own life, community or even the world, more awesome… and show how STEM – that’s science, technology, engineering and math, can bring their idea to life.

Ashley, a sophomore from Lake Highland Preparatory High School, won the competition with her idea “Chico HealthCare Software.”

Six finalists, one from each of Bright House Networks service areas, competed head-to-head on TV, in front of a studio audience, at the Finalist Pitch Event on March 6 in Orlando, FL. The program was recorded and will be available via Video on Demand (VOD) on Bright House Networks at a later date.

Ashley will now have the chance to work with leading innovation firm Fahrenheit 212 in New York to build a virtual prototype and a business plan – which means her dream or idea could potentially be realized and fulfilled!

“Congratulations to Ashley Chico! Her Chico HealthCare software is a bright idea, and we look forward working with her in the next stop of the process,” Kimberly Maki, corporate vice president, corporate communications and public relations, Bright House Networks. “It was an extremely close competition. We congratulate all of our student finalists and wish them the best as they continue on as tomorrow’s leaders and inventors.”

The student finalists all enjoyed an all-expense paid trip to Orlando, Florida. They met as a group, trained to be on television and cheered each other on.

Maki added, “These students have learned a lot about taking an idea to the next level – it’s about the process and the journey – and it takes a lot of hard work, too.”

More information about Bright Ideas STEM for Today’s Youth and a list of the finalists are available online: http://brightideas.brighthouse.com/.


About Bright House Networks

Bright House Networks is the sixth largest owner and operator of cable systems in the U.S. and the second largest in Florida with technologically advanced systems located in five states including Florida, Alabama, Indiana, Michigan and California.

Bright House Networks serves approximately 2.5 million customers who subscribe to one or more of its video, high-speed data, home security and automation and voice services. The company also offers a strong portfolio of customizable, advanced business solutions for video, voice, data, cloud-based and managed services. The company is MEF-certified and also recently received the Cisco® Master Service Provider Certification under the Cisco Cloud and Managed Service Program, the first cable operator in the United States to achieve this designation.  Bright House Networks also owns and operates exclusive, award-winning, local news and sports channels in its Florida markets. More information is available about Bright House Networks or our products and services at brighthouse.com.

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