BT Young Pioneer Award

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

An excellent opportunity for our young tech makers. The BT Young Pioneer Award is open to anyone between the ages of 8 to 18 and is free to enter. An individual or group (5 people max) can enter, and you must have a base within in the UK.


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.

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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

Visit the Tech4Good Awards website for more information on how to enter.

A photo of last years winner Mihika Sharma receiving her award
2019 winner, Mihika Sharma, developed a ‘Smart Stick’ to help blind and visually-impaired people walk more safely.

The award is 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.