BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition Trophy Design Competition


Competition Terms


The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) for second level students across the island of Ireland.  This year marks the 57th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which will take place in January 2021.  Please refer to for more information.

In 2019, BT Ireland launched their new ‘Beyond Limits’ campaign. This brought into focus BT’s ambition to help families, communities, and companies in Ireland and around the world, thrive in a digital future. BT Ireland’s goal is to remove the barriers of today to realise the potential of tomorrow.

To mark the introduction of the Beyond Limits campaign and the new BT Ireland logo, BTYSTE is teaming up with the with Design and Crafts Council of Ireland and inviting their members to submit their designs for a new perpetual trophy, which will be presented to the winner(s) of the BTYSTE in January 2021.

A judging panel will select the overall winning entry this panel has been put together by DCCI and BT Ireland.

The overall winner of the trophy design competition will receive a cash award of €3,000 and the honour of having their trophy design created and presented to the winners of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition.


The competition will open on 23rd October and submissions will be accepted from that date. The closing date for submissions is Friday 13th November. No late entries will be accepted.

The winning entry will be selected week commencing 16th November 2020 and the winner will be notified by phone or email on Friday the 27th November 2020.

Manufacturing and materials used in the final replication may be substituted or altered from the entrant’s design concept to best fulfil feasibility and cost criteria.

Submission details:

  1. Participants must complete the Application Form available at no later than 5pm on Friday 13th November 2020.
  2. All submissions must depict the design entry.
  3. Submissions may be sketched, drawn by free-hand, painted etc to depict the design entry.
  4. The posters should show a 360 view of the design trophy i.e. both sides, front and rear view
  5. Participants may use computer design tools to i.e. CAD technology in their Entry if so desired.
  6. Participants are not required to make a model of the trophy.

Trophy Specification:

The winning design will be created from the winning entry design submitted on the online application form. The winning design will be created and replicated and used as a perpetual trophy for the overall winner and for three runner-up perpetual trophies. The trophy needs to be designed in such a way that replicas can be easily and inexpensively reproduced.

Trophy must be of a size and weight that it can easily lifted above head height by the winners.  Winners of the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition are teenagers and are evenly split between female and male winners and group and individual winners.

Materials: Wood, Metal, Glass, Plastic, Ceramic. Other materials may be considered, or combinations of these materials may be used. Materials should be selected to allow for durability, an elegant finish and reasonable production costs.

Whilst a uniform trophy design is sought, the difference between trophies overall winner and runner-up trophies needs to be evident. Please add information of how your design will differentiate between the different places i.e. scaling down of trophy for runners up.

Designs with environmentally friendly production processes and/or with better value for production costs may be favoured.

Minimum dimensions of trophy (15cm by 15cm) ; Maximum dimensions: (30cm x 30cm))

Logo Specifications

Design should incorporate the BT Ireland brand mark and the YS mark which is part of the design of the BTYSTE logo in a recognisable way. It also needs to be able to incorporate the BTYSTE logo in full and in a way that the logo will appear clearly in all photography taken with the trophy.

Design Criteria:

It is important that you keep your design(s) confidential until the results of the competition are published.

  • We want to be surprised by your artistic submissions.
  • Key-words for the competition are: innovation, science, technology, beyond limits
  • It is important for the design of this trophy, that it is instantly recognised as a BTYSTE trophy
  • Your design must be submitted in line with the submission details as above
  • Projects participating in the competition must be original works. All entries must be original designs and not use any stock images or clip art. Projects must be free from copyrights and any kind of obligation. The design shall not in any way infringe any third party’s right, including but not limited to copyright, logos, trademark, trade names, or other proprietary rights of publicity or privacy.


(Winner to receive €3,000 and a budget of up to €2,000 to produce overall trophy and the three trophies as specified)

The Winner

The winner will be notified on or before Friday, 27th November 2020. The winner will be required to participate in a small amount of publicity as deemed reasonable by BTYSTE.

Publicity may be defined as but not limited to:

  • Media interviews
  • Media engagement
  • Media announcements
  • Photography
  • Social media

The winner will be required to participate in a photocall with BT Ireland and BTYSTE representatives upon completion of the replication process.


If you have any issues or queries on the competition, please contact

Terms and Conditions:

BTYSTE – Terms and conditions for competitions

1. General

1.1 These terms and conditions, together with the terms and conditions that are specific to the Competition (as set out above) (the ‘Competition Terms’) are known as the ‘Rules’. Words used in the Competition Terms shall have the same meaning when used here. In the event of any conflict between the Competition Terms and the BTYSTE Terms and Conditions, the Competition Terms shall prevail.

1.2 The Rules apply to the “BTYSTE Trophy Design” competition (the “Competition”) that is being promoted by BTYSTE which is organised and sponsored by BT Ireland trading as BT Ireland within both the Republic of and Northern Ireland. By entering the Competition, you agree to be bound by the Rules.

1.3 BT Ireland reserve the right to cancel or amend all or any part of the Competition and/or the Rules without notice for any event that is outside of BT Irelands reasonable control.

1.4 In the event of any dispute regarding the Rules, the conduct or results of the Competition, or any other matter relating to the Competition, the decision of BT Ireland shall be final and unchallengeable and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into, comment issued, or reason given in respect of any decision made by BT Ireland.

1.5       BT Ireland shall be under no obligation to use or replicate the successful entry where BT Ireland deems none of the entries received to be suitable for such purpose.  In such circumstance BT Ireland may decide at its own discretion to vary, amend or substitute the Prize, without any requirement for reference to the entrants, or to cancel the Competition in its entirety with no prize to be awarded.

2. Competition Entrants

2.1 By entering the Competition, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you in your entry is true, accurate and complete in every respect. BT Ireland reserves the right to verify any information contained in your Entry and/or your eligibility to enter the Competition.

2.2 BT Ireland reserve the right in its absolute discretion to disqualify any Entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe that an Entrant has breached any of the Rules, any applicable law (including copyright law) or has otherwise infringed the intellectual property of any other person. Each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that any failure to comply with the Rules could lead to BT Ireland disqualifying that person, without BT Ireland giving any reason for such disqualification or granting any opportunity for challenge.

2.3 Any person that is: (a) an employee of any company involved in the Competition (including BT); or (b) a family member of such employee, is not eligible to enter the Competition. BT Ireland reserves the right to disqualify any person that it knows is, or has reasonable grounds to believe is, ineligible for the Competition as a result of this Rule.

2.4 In the event that a prize-winner is disqualified from the Competition, BT Ireland will, unless otherwise stated in the Competition Terms, select an alternative Prize-winner in the same manner as the original Prize-winner and such selection will be subject to the Rules.

3. Competition Entries

3.1 Entries must be made by the Closing Date of Friday 13th November and in the manner set out above. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.

3.2 There is no requirement to make any purchase in order to enter the Competition

3.3 Only one Entry per person is permitted. In the event that BT Ireland discovers or has reasonable grounds to believe that the same person has made multiple Entries, such person and any Entries made by them shall be disqualified and, if such Entrant has already been selected as a Prize-winner, an alternative Prize-winner will be selected.

3.4 BT Ireland accepts no responsibility for the return of any Entries.

3.5       All entries may be used for publicity purposes.

4. Prize-winner

4.1 The Prize-winner will be selected and notified in the manner set out in the Competition Terms. No prize will be awarded where any entrant has committed any form of misconduct (as determined by BT Ireland in its sole discretion).

4.2 Where Entries are judged on artistic or other subjective criteria, BT Ireland reserves the right to amend the criteria used to judge Entries.

4.3 The Prize is non-transferable. In the event of a prize being unavailable for any reason BT Ireland reserve the right to substitute prize of equal or greater value at any time.

4.4 The prize winner, by virtue of entry, agrees to participate in publicity and photocalls as arranged and funded by BT Ireland.

5. Liability

5.1 BT Ireland accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, injury (other than our liability for personal injury or death as a result of our negligence) or disappointment of any kind suffered by any entrant in entering the Competition, including as a result of any entrant winning or not winning any prize.

6. Intellectual Property Rights and Data Protection

“Intellectual Property Rights” means patents, rights to inventions, copyright and related rights, trademarks, trade names and domain names, rights in get-up, rights in goodwill or to sue for passing off, rights in designs, rights in computer software, database rights, rights in confidential information (including know-how and trade secrets) and any other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered and including all applications (or rights to apply) for, and renewals or extensions of, such rights and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection which may now or in the future subsist in any part of the world.

“Works” means the Entry and all records, reports, documents, papers, drawings, designs, transparencies, photos, graphics, logos, typographical arrangements, software, and all other materials in whatever form, including but not limited to electronic form, prepared by the Entrant in completing their Entry.

6.1. The Entrant on submitting an Entry assigns to BT Ireland all existing and future Intellectual Property Rights in the Works and all materials embodying such rights to the fullest extent permitted by law. Insofar as they do not so vest automatically by operation of law or under this agreement, the Entrant holds legal title in such rights and Entry on trust for BT Ireland.

6.2 The Entrant undertakes

(a) whenever requested to do so by BT Ireland, promptly to deliver to BT Ireland all correspondence, documents, papers and records on all media (and all copies or abstracts of them), recording or relating to any part of the Works and the process of their creation which are in his possession, custody or power;

(b) not to register nor attempt to register any Intellectual Property Rights in the Works, nor in the Entry, unless requested to do so by BT Ireland; and

(c) to do all acts necessary to confirm that absolute title in all Intellectual Property Rights in the Works and the Entry has passed, or will pass, to BT IRELAND.

6.3 The Entrant warrants to BT Ireland that:

(a) they have not given and will not give permission to any third party to use any of the Works or the Entry, nor any of the Intellectual Property Rights in the Works;

(b) they are unaware of any use by any third party of any of the Works or Intellectual Property Rights in the Works; and

(c) the use of the Works or the Intellectual Property Rights in the Works by BT Ireland will not infringe the rights of any third party

6.4 The Entrant waives any moral rights in the Works to which they are is now or may at any future time be entitled under the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000-2007 or any similar provisions of law in any jurisdiction, including (but without limitation) the right to be identified, the right of integrity and the right against false attribution, and agrees not to institute, support, maintain or permit any action or claim to the effect that any treatment, exploitation or use of such Works or other materials, infringes the Entrant’s moral rights.

6.5 The Entrant acknowledges that, except as provided by law, no remuneration or compensation other than that provided as the Prize for the Competition is or may become due to the Entrant in respect of a successful award of a Prize in the Competition.

6.6 The Entrant undertakes, at the expense of BT Ireland, at any time either during or after the Competition, to execute all documents, make all applications, give all assistance and do all acts and things as may, in the opinion of BT Ireland, be necessary or desirable to vest the Intellectual Property Rights in, and to register them in, the name of BT Ireland  and to defend BT Ireland against claims that works embodying Intellectual Property Rights infringe third party rights, and otherwise to protect and maintain the Intellectual Property Rights in the Works and the Entry.

6.7 BT Ireland will use any personal information that you provide with your Entry for the purposes of the Competition and for marketing purposes including the distribution of regular email updates, press releases or newsletters. Any personal information relating to entrants will be used solely by us in accordance with applicable data protection legislation.

6.8 Any Prize-winner unconditionally agrees (as a condition of accepting any prize) to: (a) the use of their name, one or more photographs of themselves and disclosure of their country of residence; and (b) co-operate with or participate in any other reasonable Competition publicity.

7. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

7.1 The Rules and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with them or their subject matter (including the Competition), existence, negotiation, validity, termination or enforceability (including non-contractual disputes or claims) shall be governed by and construed in accordance with Irish law.

7.2 The Courts of Ireland shall have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with the Rules or their subject matter, existence, negotiation, validity, termination or enforceability (including non-contractual disputes or claims).

8. Copies of these Rules

8.1 A copy of these Rules may be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, Grand Canal Plaza, Dublin 4