The schools played a round robin in two groups to decide the semi-finalists.
Lynne Parker, producer of Funny Women, has been in the driving seat throughout. This year's semi-finalists are pure dynamite.
These semi-finalists are eventually whittled down to four finalists, who must present a commercial segment of their inventions.
From all applicants, the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation will select 2,200 students in mid-November to be Semi-Finalists.
Selected semi-finalists must have a valid US passport.