Taking Part

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 develop ideas for the connected city and consider how to use technology and the internet of things to improve 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.

There will be a National Showcase for TeenTech City of Tomorrow on June 30th, 2020 at The University of Roehampton London, for young people across the UK to showcase their buildings and ideas.

For Schools/Youth Groups

If you are running the TeenTech City of Tomorrow in your school/youth group you can judge the buildings and select a team of up to 5 students to attend the National Showcase with their buildings. To do this you need to ensure:

  1. You have registered your school to participate
  2. You notify email@teentechcity.com by the end of the Spring Term 2020 that you intend to run a build day and bring a team to the final showcase. After this date we will do our best to accommodate teams but cannot guarantee places.

For individuals

If you are entering TeenTech City of Tomorrow as an individual or team you can upload a description and images of your building to TeenTech City.com site. You will receive feedback and be notified if you have been selected to attend the National final. (Please note individuals and teams must be accompanied if invited to attend). To do this you need to ensure:

  1. You have permission from your parent/carer/teacher to participate as an individual/team
  2. Your parent/carer/teacher has registered to participate
  3. Your parent/carer/teacher confirms your intention to attend the final showcase by the end of the Spring Term 2020 

All finalists are required to bring their buildings to the TeenTech City final 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.


The competition has the following 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