Innovation Competition 2020

We are delighted to formally announce our Innovation Competition for 2020 and we encourage secondary school (or equivalent) youngsters from local schools and colleges to come up with exciting, innovative ideas.

This year will be the 7th year that we have run this popular competition. Over the years we have had some fantastic entries*. Last year, for example, the competition was won by a student that came up with the idea for a tech T-shirt with a built-in heart sensor.  

Previous winners include an 'altruistic watch', flashing toy boxes (to encourage young children to be tidy), a Swiss Army makeup kit, a way of opening public toilet doors without touching the handle, and a sophisticated corrective writing device for disabled people.

This year the competition, which we now run together with Canterbury Christchurch University, is supported by The Brett Group, The Kentish Gazette, Canterbury Christchurch University and Clague Architects. As before, there's a cash prize for the winner and two runners up:

  • 1st prize: £300
  • 2nd prize: £100
  • 3rd prize: £50

All other presenters speaking at the final receive a consolatory prize of a book token; all finalists receive a certificate of participation.

Chair of the final judging panel over the last few years, Rotarian Julie Reza, says: "It's an enormous pleasure to judge this competition and see the wide range of entries that come in. The competition encourages youngsters to think about problems and come up with great new solutions. At this age youngsters are thinking about their career options and, perhaps, having been inspired by taking part in our competition, some of our entrants may go on to consider a career in science or technology or a related field". 

*For further information and details of eligibility please visit this page.

For our latest poster click here.

For news about last year's winners please click here.

Picture: Screen shot of the 2020 Innovation Competition Poster. Picture credit: Rotary Club of Canterbury.

Sunday 26th January 2020

Published by: The Rotary Club of Canterbury

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