2019 student technology competition

Enter our student technology competition to be in with a chance to win a paid summer internship.

What does data tell us about climate change? 

This year’s student technology competition is all about data and climate change.

We’re concerned about climate change. A threat to the environment is also a threat to the economy.

We want students, aged 16 to 18, to show us how they would use data to measure the impact of climate change on the economy.

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The prize

Winners and runners up will secure a paid internship with us in summer 2020.

The challenge

Using the data sets below, create a meaningful data visualisation that explores how climate change affects the economy. Tell us a story with data, and explain to us why that story is an important one.

Climate change is a complex issue. We want fresh perspectives, so share your ideas and show us why you should be one of our 2020 summer interns.

How to enter

You have until 5pm on 20 December to complete the task and enter the competition. Please send your submission to tech.early.careers@bankofengland.co.uk. You can also email us if you have any questions.

Good luck!

Competition rules 

  1. Enter on your own or as a team of up to six people.
  2. You must be aged 16 to 18 years old to enter.
  3. You must be studying in the UK to enter i.e. A-Levels or an apprenticeship.
  4. Entries must be in English.
  5. We must be able to view your entry on a standard Windows-build laptop.
  6. Be creative with your entries. How you choose to explain your data story is up to you. We’d suggest a 750-word text (with graphics), a ten slide presentation or a two minute video. We’ll accept links to online videos.
  7. If you are using any coding for the challenge the code does not have to be submitted, but you must be prepared to explain how you got your answer or submit your code if requested.
  • Technology Competition Terms and Conditions

    1. Anyone studying at Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and 13) at an academic institution or equivalent (such as studying an apprenticeship), either individually or as a group (up to a maximum of six people) (“You”) is eligible to enter the technology competition (the “Competition”).  Employees of the Bank of England and their families are not eligible.
    2. By entering the Competition You are accepting these terms and conditions.
    3. All entries to the Competition and associated correspondence must be in the English language only.
    4. This Competition is aimed at students studying in the United Kingdom.
    5. Your team can be a mix of up to 6 students aged 16 to 18.
    6. You are responsible for the cost and expense (if any) incurred in preparing and sending your submission (the “Submission”) to us via our dedicated email: tech.early.careers@bankofengland.co.uk.
    7. We must be able to open your Submission on a standard Windows-build desktop computer.
    8. Only one Submission is permitted per person or group, with the Submission to include the name, telephone number and email address of the main contact. Multiple entries using different registration information for a single individual will be disqualified. In the event of a dispute over the identity of an entrant, the Submission will be deemed submitted by the authorised account holder of the email account of the email address submitted during the registration process.
    9. The closing date and time of the Competition is 17:00 GMT on 20 December 2019. Submissions received after that date and time will not be considered.
    10. By submitting an entry to the Competition You give the Bank:
      a. permission for your name and your Submission (including any extracts or summaries) to be published on the Bank of England’s intranet, external website(s), social media pages and in any of its publications; and
      b. the right to use your name, town or city of residence for the purpose of identifying You as the author of your Submission and/or as a winner of the Competition.
    11. By submitting an entry to the Competition You represent and warrant that your Submission:
      a. is your own work and not copied. If we have reason to believe that your Submission is not your own work or otherwise breaches this paragraph 11 then we may not consider it;
      b. does not contain any third party intellectual property rights,  data or content that You do not have permission to use (and where you have permission, such third party intellectual property rights, data or content is appropriately referenced); and
      c. is not obscene, defamatory or in breach of any applicable legislation or regulations.
    12. Whilst (subject to paragraph 11 above) You are able to make use of third party intellectual property rights, data or content of your choosing in your Submission, the Bank suggests that you may consider using the datasets listed on the competition webpage which are made available by the ONS subject to the terms of the Open Government Licence.
    13. The judging panel will choose a winning entry (or at its discretion, more than one winning entry) from the shortlist of Competition Submissions with reference to the published award criteria.
    14. The judges’ decision of the winning Submission will be made in the first quarter of 2020.  The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    15. The winning Submission will give the participant(s) the opportunity to secure a four-week paid internship at the Threadneedle Street premises of the Bank of England. Please note that participation in the paid internship is conditional on the participant(s) achieving appropriate security clearance and on obtaining any necessary visas. The decision of the Bank of England regarding security clearance will be final.
    16. Participant(s) securing a four-week paid internship will need to fund their own travel and accommodation for the duration of the internship.
    17. We take no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered for any technical reason.
    18. Questions regarding the Competition or these terms and conditions should be addressed to tech.early.careers@bankofengland.co.uk. We will endeavour to respond to your query within three working days.
    19. Any complaints regarding the Competition should be sent to: Public Information and Enquiries Group, Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AH.
    20. To the maximum extent permitted by law, other than for personal injury or death caused by our negligence or our wilful default or fraud, we accept no liability for any costs, damages, disappointment, expenses, liabilities or losses incurred or suffered by You as a result of Your entering the Competition, downloading any data or materials in connection with the Competition, or accepting any prize.
    21. We reserve the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Competition with or without prior notice.
    22. Your personal data will be processed in accordance with the Bank’s privacy policy.
    23. These terms and conditions and the Competition shall be governed by English law and You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.


Use one or more of these datasets to create your entry for the competition. You can also use any other dataset that you have permission to use and submit to this competition.

This page was last updated 28 November 2019
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