General Rules

Entry to the TeenTech Awards competition for 2021 is free of charge.

Projects must be submitted by April 30th 2021.

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 April 2021. 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 more than one team in each of the categories (other than our cross-category awards, details below), but you must be aware that, for Years 7-11, only one team from each school would have the possibility of progressing through to the finals in any one category. For Years 12-13, schools may enter up to 10 teams in each category.

If your project demonstrates skills applicable to Digital Skills and Data Science, your project will be eligible for our cross-category awards. All projects will be considered, by TeenTech, for entry into our cross-category awards (Digital Skills and Data Science for Years 7-11, and Digital Skills for Years 12-13) where the criteria for those categories has been met.

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

Entrants may only enter one project a year. They can not enter with multiple projects.

There will be one winning team in each of the categories. Each winning school will receive a cash 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 virtual ceremony on 12th July 2021.

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 virtual ceremony and present if selected during our virtual judging, details below.

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/Individual-Entrant Rules

Students can enter projects by themselves or as a team of a maximum of three students from a single UK or EIRE school, college, youth group or homeschooling group.

Teams may seek feedback on aspects of their project from an unlimited number of students in or outside the UK.

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

A student may only be a member of one team.

Teacher of the Year Award

  1. Teachers will automatically be considered for an Award . 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, 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.
  3. Students can also nominate a teacher they would like to be considered and should submit their reasons why in the Stage 2 form.

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 2: TeenTech Innovation Log Submission before 30th April 2021

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 a 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?

We’ve provided a template to help you produce your Innovation Log as an editable PDF.

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 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 finalist teams in each category, these teams will then be judged at the virtual finals. This judging will take place between Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th July 2021.

The category winners will then be announced during our virtual final Awards ceremony which will take place on Monday 12th July 2021.

Guidelines for how to prepare for the finals 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.