We are pleased to announce the 12 National Finalists for the Solutions for the Planet Big Ideas Competition 2019.
It has been another year of incredible entries to the Big Ideas Competition. We worked with nearly 3900 young people, and 900 of them continued to develop their Big Ideas into business plans with the help of their teachers and business mentors.
At the end of March, 169 teams submitted their Big Ideas to the Competition, and our judges shortlisted 63 of them to present in front of a panel of judges at our 6 regional finals. These were held at the University of Glasgow, the University of Leeds, the University of Portsmouth, the Museum of London, Aston University and the University of Wolverhampton. Our judges came from our business partners Tarmac, IGEM, SGN, Brammer Buck & Hickman, Mears Group, and SUEZ, with guest judges from sustainability, academia, business and industry fields.
The six regional finals produced six winners, who each gained a place at the National Final. The remaining six places are our ‘Wild Card’ places, chosen from ALL the other submissions.
Well done to all the teams that entered, you did yourselves and your schools proud. And big congratulations to our twelve National Finalists, listed below, who will be presenting their Big Ideas at the Palace of Westminster in London on Wednesday 26th June 2019!
We wish all our teachers and young people in England a fantastic half term, and a much-deserved long weekend for our schools in Scotland, and look forward to seeing the finalists in London in June!
|Team Name||School||Region||Big Idea|
|EcoFumes||Biggar High School||NE&S||A removable exhaust filter for vehicles|
|Bee Aware||Hall Cross Academy||NE&S||Campaign to increase the population of bees by combatting a range of issues|
|Energy Gym||Priory School||SE||Gyms generating energy that can be put back into the National Grid|
|Planet Savers||Plashet School||SE||App that targets CO2 emissions to encourage behaviour change|
|Focus||Arden Academy||WM||Shower that saves water + app that shows usage, cost and CO2|
|Fast ‘n’ Fashion||Heath Park School||WM||Campaign and workshops to raise awareness of clothing waste and upcycle your old clothes|
|LoveLife||The Halifax Academy||NE&S||A bracelet that tracks heart rate/blood pressure etc.|
|RenewAbus||Mayfield School||SE||Bus 100%-powered by a combination of 3 types of renewable energy|
|O6||Oaks Park High School||SE||Campaign making badges out of bottle tops to encourage the recycling of plastic bottles|
|Microkollector||Alderbrook School||WM||A filter that retrofits to waste pipe of washing machine to collect microfibres.|
|Ocean Revivers||Hodge Hill College||WM||Scheme to get old people and kids from inner cities doing beach cleans|
|Power Down||Perton Middle School||WM||An app to reward phone users for minimising their time online|