The Big Bang Competition Special Awards

From climate change to improving transport and quality of life, The Big Bang Competition is all about thinking big and celebrating young people’s innovations and visions.

We’re incredibly excited to be working with companies and organisations from across industry to offer some brilliant new awards on a variety of issues.

More information will be coming soon on our special awards for the 2021/22 competition.

Please contact partnerships@thebigbang.org.uk if you're interested in sponsoring an award.

London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF)

What you'll win: a place at 63rd London International Youth Science Forum 2022 (27th July – 10th August 2022)


Founded in 1959, LIYSF aims to give a deeper insight into science and its applications for the benefit of all mankind and to develop a greater understanding between young people of all nations.


The winner chosen will represent the UK at the 63rd London International Youth Science Forum. LIYSF is a two-week residential event held at Imperial College London, with lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visits to industrial sites, research centres, scientific institutions and organisations, including world class laboratories and universities.
LIYSF attracts 500 of the world's leading young scientists aged 16-21 years old from more than 70 participating countries. There is an active social calendar with events designed to enable those from around the world to learn about different cultures. The scope of LIYSF extends further than broadening scientific understanding to engage students in education on other cultures and develop lasting, international friendships.


Criteria

Topic: All topics are welcome across science and engineering. During LIYSF students can tailor their programme from a wide range of STEM topics and visits on offer.
Age: 16-18yrs
Size: Individual projects

What you’ll win

The winning student will receive a framed certificate and fully funded place to LIYSF, which includes the full 15-day residential programme at Imperial College London, with main lectures from top scientists, specialist lectures across a raft of STEM fields and visits out across the UK to University Departments and Science Institutions. All meals and accommodation provided.

Find out more about LIYSF here.

The Network Rail Innovation in Transport Award

What you'll win: A framed certificate, £500 

National Rail own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of Britain's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.

This award will be awarded to a project where a collaborative approach has been taken using innovative thinking, within the fields of transportation. The theme of these projects will be ‘Putting Passengers First’, focusing on creating and developing ideas to improve passengers’ experiences during any part of their rail travel.

Criteria

Topic:

  • Construction/building
  • Digital technology
  • Environment
  • Sustainability
  • Transportation

Age: Open to all ages
Size: Individual and team projects

Find out more about Network Rail here.

The Energy Institute Climate Change Special Award

What you’ll win: A framed certificate, £500 and the opportunity to undertake one of the EI’s training courses for energy professionals, and to contribute blog posts and social media content.

The Energy Institute (EI) is the chartered professional membership body bringing global energy expertise together. We’re a unique network spanning the world of energy, from conventional fuels to innovative renewable and energy efficient technologies. We’re here for anyone who wants to better understand the extraordinary energy system on which we all depend.

Criteria

Topic: Climate Change

Age: Open to all ages

Size: Individual and team projects

The Climate Change Award is aimed at projects which focus on creating a lasting reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, as a contribution to the UK’s goal of reaching net zero by 2050. Previous winners of the Award showcased ingenuity and motivation, with the evidence base to back it up.

The Energy Institute would like to see a thorough understanding of climate change and a passion to contribute to the future energy system.

Find out more about the Energy Institute here.

 

 

The Intellectual Property Office Award for Outstanding Innovator

What you’ll win: £500, a framed certificate and a day at the IPO to meet examiners and learn more about IP.

The Intellectual Property Office is the official government body responsible for Intellectual Property (IP) rights in the UK including patents, trade marks, designs and copyright. They promote innovation to help the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas.

Everyday people look to solve problems and unleash the next technological advancement through invention.

Because these creations have value - commercially and culturally, the UK Intellectual Property Office offers protection for intellectual property. That protection includes patents, registered designs, trademarks and copyright.

Criteria

Age: All ages

Size: Individual and team projects

This award will recognise a project that addresses and solves a problem and demonstrates a significant technological, design or cost improvement. The winning project will demonstrate a new way of doing something, or offer a technical solution to a problem and consider the intellectual property rights that could protect their invention, brand or how it looks.

Need some inspiration? Check out the Cracking Ideas site here.

Find out more about the IPO here. 

The Siemens Digital Decarbonisation Award

What you’ll win: A framed certificate

Siemens’ vision for this year and beyond is to transform the everyday and inspire the next generation. Our digital equipment and software, renewable energy, network infrastructure and healthcare solutions show young people the possibilities and great things we can achieve in the world through engineering.

Criteria:

Topic:

Humanitarian

Decarbonisation

Classroom/ home schooling

Future of cities

Transportation

Health

Environment

Sustainability

Water

Digital technology

Construction/ building

 

Age: All ages

 

Size: Individual and team