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General Rules

Entry to the TeenTech Awards Competition for 2014/2015 is free of charge.

Schools must register the categories they wish to enter but work does not have to be completed until March 21st or the end of the Spring Term.

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

All students must be UK or Eire students in year groups 7/8/9/10/11 or the equivalent in December 2014

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 1-12, and may also ask for an element of that entry to be considered where appropriate for the Digital Skills or Manufacturing prizes

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

Individual students may only enter categories 1-12 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.

Winners will be announced at the TeenTech Awards ceremony in Summer 2015.

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. A school’s entry 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 Innovation Awards agree to allow TeenTech CIC to reference their name(s) on the TeenTech website www.teentech.com and on other marketing material; and to allow TeenTech CIC to use any images for promotional purposes.

This year the prize for the winners of the Consumer Innovation Award will be to work with the sponsor to see if their idea can be turned into a real product. The product will then be sold in their stores for a year with all profits going to the winners. Schools should decide how they would wish these monies 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.

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 Royal Society and in the event of success, attend the prize giving.

Team members must be in year groups 7 to 11 (or the equivalent overseas) at the date of entry submission.

Schools may enter a different team in each of the twelve categories.

A team may only be entered for one category i.e. they cannot be entered in multiple categories with the exception of the manufacturing 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 they enter pupil teams for the TeenTech Awards.
  2. When students submit their electronic projects in April  teachers should submit a short (under 400 word) report on how they have run the Awards in their school and the benefits to pupils.
  3. A teacher may be considered for the Teacher of the Year Award whether or not a team from the school 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 or youth group leaders via the TeenTech website registration pages.

Stage 1: Category Registration

Schools should register their category entries for the competition using the Stage One Entry Form on the TeenTech website before the end of December 2014. 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 March 21st 2015

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 3 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

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?

The short report for Teacher of the Year should be uploaded at the same time.

The TeenTech website has a Stage 1 registration page and a Stage 2 upload form 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 project on a stand at the TeenTech Awards Ceremony  in Summer 2015 where the entries will be judged and category winners selected.

Guidelines for how to create a project board for the final will be posted on the TeenTech Awards website.

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.