Spark Change 2021 FAQs

What degree subjects can I be studying to participate in the competition?

Any except computer science.

We want to open the tech world to those from all degree backgrounds and showcase that to take the first step and design a tech solution you don’t need to be from a computer science background.

Who can enter?

Any undergraduate or masters students studying at UK universities, on non-computer science courses, can participate in the Competition.

Do I have to prepare anything before 19th April?

No. The Competition week will start on 19th April where all participants will receive the Challenge Brief.

However, you already know what the challenge entails before that date. We recommend getting familiar with idea generation and flowchart creation processes as well as thinking about how you will create your videoAll of this will help support your entry.

What is the judging criteria for the competition?

We are looking for the foundational skills that make great future tech leaders:

  • Problem-solving
  • Creativity
  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Resilience
  • Ingenuity

Please refer to the T&Cs to get familiarised with our full criteria.

How long should my video be?

We expect the video to last at least 2 minutes but no longer than 5 minutes.

Will my submission be made public?

You can choose to keep your video submission private or public — it’s entirely up to you.

Some entries will be shortlisted to be featured on our social channels and website — we’ll always check with you before sharing.

Will Academy own my idea?

No, you will own the intellectual property around your idea. We are here to celebrate and share your idea with our community and network and showcase your creativity and skillset.

Can I still apply to Academy's Programme during the competition?

Our programme takes applications on a rolling basis and we invite you to apply regardless of your participation in the competition.

The fact you are taking part in the competition shows a drive to develop yourself and your skillset, something we are keen to see in our applicants.

Please explore our programme further and, if you have any questions, our team are here to answer them — get in touch.

I still have a question.

No worries! Please reach out to [email protected] where one of the team will get back to you as soon as we can.

Where can I find the competition T&Cs?

You can find the T&Cs here.

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