Taking Part

To take part in the TeenTech City of Tomorrow working to the brief of ‘smarter, kinder, safer’ young people, individually or in small teams, have to design and construct architectural models of buildings to sit on the footprint of an A4 card – but buildings can go out as well as up. Together they will develop ideas for the connected city, addressing issues of how we will live, work and play in the future. Materials used to build project models should be recycled or cost no more than £10 if bought specially.

Once young people have developed their projects, they can enter them in the TeenTech City of Tomorrow Showcase. In 2018, this will take place at the Emirates Stadium on 30th April.

The competition has 13 categories:

  • Best business space
  • Best domestic building (low, medium, or high density)
  • Best retail space
  • Best education space
  • Best recreational space
  • Best health and wellbeing categories
  • Best outside space
  • Best mixed use
  • Best construction
  • Most environmentally friendly building
  • Most fun building
  • Most innovative building
  • Most accessible building

If you are in a region, which is hosting a sponsored TeenTech City event you can take your buildings to the showcase day where they will be judged in person and one building from each category, will be awarded a place at the TeenTech City Final (find out about local events here).

If you are in a region which is not hosting a showcase day you can enter your building online via our TeenTech City website. On the website you can upload up to 5 images of your building along with supporting materials in the category of your choice. A panel of industry experts will judge all online entries and each building will be awarded with a Bronze, Silver or Gold certificate. All Gold certificate holders will be invited to attend the TeenTech City final. All finalists will be notified by mid December.

All finalists are required to bring their buildings to the TeenTech City final next year where the City of Tomorrow will be built. Across all categories three overall winners will be chosen for the ‘Smartest, Safest and Kindest’ buildings.

Throughout the day all teams will have the opportunity to work with specially invited world-renowned engineers, architects and technologists to look at the issues around connected cities, infrastructure and transport.

Please note finalists must be accompanied by teachers, youth leaders or parents.