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Here you'll find answers to some of your most common questions

  • Can I participate as a solo entrant?
    Yes, you can definitely take part individually. However, one of our main ambitions of the challenge is for you to develop and build collaboration and teamwork skills - so reach out, ask your friends and peers, and try and assemble an awesome team! This is an experience you'll want to share with others.
  • Will there be a ceremony to present the Award?
    Yes, at the end of the challenge we will hold an award ceremony for those lucky enough to have been selected as a finalist.
  • I don’t think I have enough knowledge or experience in STEM, can I still enter?
    Yes, the Challenge is open to all those who are motivated highschool students with a willingness to impact the world around them.
  • I’m not a high school student in years 9-12, can I still enter?
    Unfortunately not, the challenge is only open to those within these years at school. If you’re not in year 9 yet, hang in there we’ll see you soon.
  • Can I enter more than one project?
    No, unfortunately you can only enter one project per year.
  • Can I participate in the Challenge again if I entered it in a previous year?
    Yes, absolutely. We love seeing familiar faces and welcome anyone who wants to participate again.
  • I haven't made a prototype for my design - can I still enter?
    Yes. We appreciate that prototyping is not always feasible while studying. Prototyping will not be considered in marking criteria so don’t worry. However, if you are keen enough to build one, there will be additional prizes for the top prototypes.
  • Can I enter but keep my design a secret?
    Unfortunately, no. Our aim is to celebrate and raise awareness for young designers and we can’t do this without your designs and stories. Your entry will be published on the BIOTech Futures website and may be used for publicity purposes. If you're worried your idea might be stolen by someone else, we suggest you seek advice from your mentor during the challenge.
  • Is it free to enter?
  • Will BIOTech Futures profit from my idea?
    No. You will retain the rights to any intellectual property surrounding your idea. BIOTech Futures will not steal your idea, ever. The BIOTech Futures Challenge could, instead, help you find contacts that can push your design into the market.
  • Why isn't my country or region participating?
    We can only run the BIOTech Futures Challenge in countries or regions where we have the suitable means to support it. We hope to add more countries to the BIOTech Futures Challenge in future, when we can. When we do, we’ll update our Terms and Conditions.

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