BT Young Pioneer Award 2020

Celebrating young people using tech to make the world a better place

Each year we see the amazing ways in which young people are tackling societal and environmental problems they care about by developing new technology. Your idea could be based on a tech solution to loneliness caused by the Coronavirus lockdown or to limit the damaging effects of climate change. Take a look at previous entries that have focused on  Environmental SustainabilityMental Health and Tackling Disability  for inspiration.

If you’re a child, parent or teacher and you’ve been working on a similar tech project we want to hear from you! BT is also giving this year’s winner up to £10,000 in funding and BT experts who can volunteer their time to support you with your idea.

Last year’s winner, Mihika Sharma developed the ‘Smart Stick’ to help blind and visually-impaired people walk more safely and with greater independence by using smart sensors, sounds and vibrations. The team at BT are currently supporting Mihika to develop her solution by funding market research and usability testing with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and helping to understand the market potential for her invention.

Mihika Sharma receiving her award on stage

The award is also part of the BT Skills for Tomorrow initiative, a completely free programme which aims to help 10 million people make the most of life in the digital world including resources for teachers and parents.

Please note there are terms and conditions relating to this prize.

Who is the award open to?

The BT Young Pioneer Award is open to anyone between the ages of 8 to 18. An individual or group (5 people max) can enter, and you must have a base within in the UK. It’s free to enter. Finalists will need to show:

  • How an ingenious tech idea is transforming lives/society/environment
  • How they are meeting a clearly identified need/problem they care about
  • How their project differs from that already available on the market
  • How they intend to develop or grow their project

Sorry but the entries for this year's Awards are now closed.


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