General Rules

Entry to the TeenTech Awards Competition for 2020 is free of charge.

Schools, colleges, libraries and home educators must register the categories they wish to enter using the Stage One Entry form by December 2019 to let us know they intend to enter teams but work does not have to be completed until the end of the Spring Term 2020. Projects must be submitted by March 31st 2020.

Entries must be made by a UK or Eire school, college, librarian, trainer, parent or guardian on behalf of teams of up to three students.

Entries may be made by international teams by prior arrangement with TeenTech CIC. Please email

All students must be UK or Eire students in year groups 7-11 or 12-13 or the equivalent in December 2019. There will be two age groups for judging 11-16 (Years 7-11) and 17-19 (Years 12-13)

A UK team may collaborate with an international team. The UK team is responsible for managing the entry.

Projects must not previously have reached the final of any national or international competition

Schools may enter one team in each of the categories numbered 1-15, and may also ask for an element of that entry to be considered where appropriate for the Digital Skills, Research and Digital Literacy, or Manufacturing prizes.

The Data Science Prize is open to all students aged 11-19. Age is taken into consideration.

Schools or Colleges may enter 10 different teams across categories 17-20. A team may only be entered in one category.

Schools may also enter stand alone projects in the Digital Skills category or Manufacturing categories.

Individual students may only enter categories 1-20 once, as a member of a team.

It is possible that some categories may become oversubscribed and TeenTech may have to restrict the number of entries for these categories. Early category registration is advised.

There will be one winning team in each of the categories. Each of these teams will receive a prize of £1000. There will also be in-kind prizes for students and some special prizes may also be awarded.

Winners will be announced at the TeenTech Awards ceremony in Summer 2020.

A full list of prize winners will be published on the TeenTech website following the Awards ceremony.

By entering the competition entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these General Rules.

Plagiarism is prohibited. Entries must be the original work of the students.

TeenTech CIC will treat information submitted to it for the competition purely for the purposes of running the competition. This information will not be provided to any third parties other than a panel of judges chosen by TeenTech CIC.

By entering this competition you are agreeing to the condition that you will attend the TeenTech Awards Ceremony and present if selected.

Schools registering for the TeenTech Awards agree to allow TeenTech CIC to reference their name(s) on the TeenTech website and on other marketing material; and to allow TeenTech CIC to use any images for promotional purposes.

Sponsors may subsequently decide to work with teams to see if their idea can be turned into a real product. Schools and colleges should decide before submitting entries how they would wish profits derived from projects to be divided.

TeenTech CIC reserves the right to revise the rules and regulations at any time.


Team-Specific Rules

Teams can be made up of a maximum of three students from a single UK or EIRE school, college, youth group or home schooling group

Teams may seek feedback on aspects of their project from an unlimited number of students in or outside the UK. Please note that only the original team of three may attend the final at The IET and in the event of success, attend the prize giving.

Team members must be in year groups 7 to 13 (or the equivalent overseas) at the date of entry submission.

Schools may enter one different team in each of categories 1-12 and ten teams across categories 16-20

A team may only be entered for one category i.e. they cannot be entered in multiple categories with the exception of the manufacturing, information literacy and digital skills categories.

A student may only be a member of one team with the exception of the digital skills and manufacturing categories.


Teacher of the Year Award

  1. Teachers will automatically be considered for an Award . When students submit their electronic projects in March,  teachers should submit a short (under 400 word) report on how they have run the Awards in their school,college or library and the benefits to pupils.
  2. A teacher, technician, librarian or youth leader may be considered for the Teacher of the Year Award whether or not a one of their teams  is selected for the final.

Finalists will be invited to The Royal Society and asked to give a short presentation to judges describing how they supported and guided students through their project planning and development.


How to Enter

All entries for the TeenTech Awards must be submitted by teachers, librarians, home educators, parents or youth group leaders via the TeenTech website registration pages.

Stage 1: Category Registration 

To guarantee places in the competition, schools and colleges should register their category entries as soon as possible for the using the Stage One Entry Form on the TeenTech website but certainly before December 2019. Don’t worry if work hasn’t yet started or if you subsequently submit a different idea, we expect your idea to change and develop as you work on it in the run up to the Stage 2 Innovation Log submission. Please be aware that some categories may become oversubscribed and TeenTech may have to restrict entries to some categories. Early registration is advised.

Stage 2: TeenTech Innovation Log Submission before 31st March 2020

Work as a team to create a TeenTech ‘Innovation Log’ summarising  why your idea is innovative, what makes it work, what the market is, how would people use it, buy it. The log can contain up to a maximum of 15 A4 pages and should be uploaded as file of no more than 8 Mb in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format

If your entry includes a video please upload to Vimeo or Youtube and provide a link.

The log should include:

A 400 word summary of your project, followed by a more detailed explanation :

Tell us why your project is innovative

A project timeline describing what you did to develop your idea, when you worked with external experts from companies, colleges or universities and the key  dates for developing your idea

Details about your collaboration partners and the work carried out by the extended team, if you worked with an international school, science, technology or engineering companies, university or further education college

Evidence of thinking / research

If possible a picture of a model / poster / prototype that shows what your innovation does and who it does it for

Who is in your team and other people who have helped you develop your idea – this could be local firms or a college / university/education business partnership –  perhaps a school in another country which already has a relationship with your school

What are the next steps to make this real – input from your mentor contacts

What you have learnt from participating in the project. Have you learnt more about an aspect of STEM? Have you been inspired?

Teachers: If you wish to be considered  for Teacher of the Year the short 400 word report on how you have run the Awards should be uploaded at the same time.

The TeenTech website has a Stage 1 registration page and a Stage 2 upload form (available early March 2020) to help you submit your entry.

Stage 3: Project showcase at the TeenTech Awards Ceremony

The TeenTech judges will choose up to three finalists in each category to showcase their projects at the TeenTech Awards Ceremony on 22nd June 2020 where the entries will be judged and category winners selected.

Guidelines for how to prepare for the final will be sent to all finalists.


Intellectual Property

All submissions must be original work.

We have created a Confidentiality Agreement which schools should ask contributing mentors to sign to help protect your idea in case it turns out to be a world-beater. You can download it here

If schools or students are concerned about the protection of any intellectual property they might have created, the concern should be discussed between students, teachers and/or the relevant business mentor as appropriate, in order to understand the implications of sharing this information with a wide audience. Schools may choose to make certain details available only to the TeenTech judging panel. When collaborating or seeking feedback on projects with schools outside the UK, this should be considered.



All judges will be appointed by TeenTech CIC.

The judges will not enter into any discussion about judging entries.

All decisions by judges are final.