Here is the place to learn more about how the Young Innovator Awards work. It covers everything from how to register, and submit an innovation, to the judging process and the judges themselves, through to the prizes up for grabs for our winners.
YiA is for Year 7 to Year 13 students from the following list of Instep schools:
The challenge is to come up with an innovative product or service.
We are looking for extraordinary ideas that address real-world problems.
It can be an original idea, or you can adapt your entry from other school projects/competitions (e.g. technology/science/business, YES, Mashup).
You can enter as a team of up to five students from your school or from other schools in the list of Instep schools, or you can enter individually.
Our first place winners receive internship experiences worth up to $10,000 with the Bay's top businesses to develop their ideas.
Senior first place winners also take home $2,000 cash, while junior and intermediate first place winners take home $1,000 cash.
Second place winners take home $250 cash and third place winners take home $100 cash. Additional internships may also be awarded at the judges' discretion.
There's also the People's Choice Award, which includes a $200 Bayfair Shopping Centre gift card for one winner from each category.
Win a $1,000 science field trip customised to your team's interests and jam packed full of fun!
Win $1,000 towards any new innovative technology or tools you might need plus work experience worth up to $10,000 with the Bay's top businesses to develop your idea and make your CV get noticed.
Win $2,000 towards your future studies plus work experience worth up to $10,000 with the Bay's top businesses to develop your idea and make your CV get noticed.
Entering YiA is easier than ever with our new online system.
Simply follow these four steps, from registration through to submission.
Start by registering an account on our website. All we need to know is your name, email address, school and school year.
Once you've registered, you'll be able to download the blank worksheets . These are the most important part of your entry! Your worksheets are what communicate your idea to the judges. The worksheets include:
1. The Big Idea
This captures the essence of your innovation, who it is for and the problem it solves.
2. Your Problem
We want you to communicate the problem you are trying to solve, how big it is, who it affects and why it matters on this worksheet.
3. Your Research
You should communicate who your innovation is for, what they need, who you spoke to when carrying out your research and what technology or science you might use to make innovation work.
4. Your Innovation
Here we want you to explain your final idea, how it works, and how it solves a problem to make the world a better place to live.
This is the fun part! Every innovation entered into YiA needs a 15-30 second video which explains your idea. This is your chance to really sell your innovation to the judges.
Here are some tips on recording a great video:
You'll need to upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo before submitting your innovation, but don't worry, we've made a video showing you how to do this!
Your deadline is July 3!
Sign in to our website and click 'Let's go!' to submit your idea. You'll need everything ready, including:
If you're entering as a team, make sure all of your team members are registered under your team name before submitting.
Learn more about our judges and our judging criteria here. Our judging panel is made up of top local innovators as well as international guest judges from a huge variety of backgrounds. Get to know the team of people who will be judging your entry!
Explain how you identified your problem or need, and evidence of research that it is a real issue.
Demonstrate an understanding of the needs of your target audience and the changes you've made in response.
Explain your process of selecting your idea, how it solves the problem, and why it's better than what's available, and the technology required.
Consider environmental factors and factors that would impact people and communities related to your idea.
Use a variety of communication styles, including a well planned and executed video, and worksheets to a high standard.