BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT with registered address at First Floor, Block D, North Star House, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1FA (“BCS”)


Digital apprenticeship challenge.

The challenge purpose

‘What’s the big digital idea?' entrants to come up with an idea that that utilises forward thinking in IT and digital technology considering:

  • Sustainability - the project entry should focus on the use of technology for the benefit of society and be something that the individuals it is designed for can use to make an impact
  • Accessibility and ethics - linking the idea to important areas such as diversity and social mobility

Who is it for?

Open to all current and past digital and IT apprentices at all levels including degree apprenticeships (regardless of whether BCS is their end-point assessment organisation). Entrants must have either completed or be currently on an IT or digital apprenticeship.


The 'big idea' must utilise forward thinking in IT and digital technology considering:

  • Sustainability - the project entry should focus on the use of technology for the benefit of society and be something that the individuals it is designed for can use to make an impact
  • Accessibility - linking the idea to important areas such as diversity, social mobility and ethics.

Entries should be presented and explained in a short video (no more than 10 minutes) and include responses to the following questions:  

  • What is the digital innovation or idea and why will it make a difference?
  • How clearly the idea is explained including clarity around who the idea is designed to help and how exactly it will help them.
  • An explanation of how it works and how can other people get access to and benefit from the idea.
  • A demonstration of how the idea makes a difference to the themes of sustainability and accessibility that is addresses.
  • If appropriate, information on what the entrant is doing or has already done using their own skill sets and networks to make this idea come to life.

As well as the benefits to society and consideration given to sustainability and accessibility as shown above, the judging criteria will be based upon:

  • The application of creativity shown
  • Digital skills and know how applied
  • Details given of how the idea can be applied in the real world


The project must be the apprentices own work and / or something they are currently working on in their own organisation.

The competition opens for entries on 6 February 2020.

The competition closes for entries on 17 April 2020. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted. No responsibility will be accepted for entries not received regardless of the reason.

Entrants have the right to retract their entries at any time by writing to BCS via email to BCS will endeavour to have their entries and video presentation removed from the competition web page within seven days of being notified. For the smooth running of the competition, entrants should retract their entries before the 31 May 2020.

Terms and conditions          

By entering this competition, entrants accept to be bound by the competition specifics and BCS. View the general competition terms and conditions

The competition is open to all digital and IT apprentices (who have completed or are currently completing an apprenticeship programme) residents of the United Kingdom and aged 18 years or over, whether they attend the Apprenticeship Event or not.

The entrants will prepare a short video to present their ideas in line with the Requirements set out above (the "video presentation") and send the video presentation to BCS at Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.

By submitting an entry, entrants grant to BCS a non-exclusive royalty free licence to use their video presentation for marketing and publicity purposes. BCS does not claim any rights of ownership in the entrants' video presentation. Entrants expressly consent to the sharing of their video presentation with the judges.

A panel of judges will produce a shortlist of the best ideas based on the criteria set out in the requirements above. The shortlist will be published on the BCS digital apprenticeship challenge page (the "competition web page") on 15 May 2020. From 16 May 2020 to 31 May 2020, any person will be able to vote for the best ideas on the competition web page.

All entrants shortlisted will be invited to attend the Insights event. The winners will be announced at the Insights event on 4 June 2020 and their video presentation will be shown during the Insights event. The winners name and video presentation will also be available on the challenge web page.

The winners will receive the prizes at the Insights event. By submitting their video presentations, all entrants are deemed to have accepted to the broadcast of their video presentation of the Insights event, should their video presentation be the winning entry and to the publication of their name and presentation on the challenge web page.

If a winner cannot attend the Insights event, the winner will be notified by email or letter on or before 4 June 2020 that he/she has won and when and where the prize can be collected / delivered.

The winners agree to the use of their name, image and comments relating to the digital apprenticeship challenge for marketing and publicity purpose.

The winners give consent to BCS to copy, publish, display, modify, translate their video presentation in the UK solely for BCS' marketing purposes including print and electronic marketing, such as: websites; press releases; national, trade or industry journals; newsletters; advertisements; brochures; presentations; social media and videos.


The launch

The challenge launch takes place at the apprenticeship event on Thursday 6 February 2020. Entries are to be submitted to BCS by 17 April 2020.


Our panel of judges will put together a shortlist of entries which will be announced on 15 May 2020.

Voting round

Shortlisted entries will be added to the challenge web page and put to the public vote between 16-31 May 2020.

Award ceremony

The winners will be announced at BCS Insights 2020 on 4 June and the creators of all of the shortlisted entries will be invited to attend the Insights Event.


The prizes are as stated, no other alternative will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another equivalent value without notice.

  • £500 will be awarded to the challenge winner.
  • £300 will be awarded to one highly commended entry.
  • 3 prizes of £150 will be awarded to commended entries.

If you would like more information, please email