University STEM Challenge 2020


University STEM Challenge 2020 - Winner is Team Asin from University of Brawijaya, Indonesia

Key Dates

1st September 2020 - Deadline for submission of University STEM Challenge

November 2020 - Announcement of University STEM Challenge winner

2020 Theme

"Help us solve the global plastic problem!"

At BIEA we are passionate about enabling young people to develop skills for the future. The ‘BIEA University STEM Challenge 2020’ will help young inventors and designers get started on their entrepreneurial career. We’re looking for ambitious, creative, curiosity-driven people with a passion for solving problems and making a difference who are role models of entrepreneurship for future generations.

The Challenge

We know that the world has a plastic problem. Our oceans and lands have become polluted with our carelessly discarded plastic waste that will take 1000s of years to decompose on land, whilst the plastic in the oceans break up into toxins. Our plastic waste is now causing chemical pollution in our seas.
Can you or your team come up with ideas and solutions that can help reducing the plastic waste and STEM the Tide of Plastic Pollution?

The proposed technology/service can be an innovation or invention in engineering and/or technology. Engineering is defined broadly, including, but not limited to software, design, energy, cleantech, materials and medical devices.

You should have identified a viable and commercial business proposition with a market opportunity.

You must submit the following as your competition entry:

  1. An executive summary report of your innovation/business idea, no more than 500 words.
  2. A pitch deck presentation of your idea/research project (maximum 30 slides).
  3. A short video of your presentation of your project, no more than 10 minutes

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The Challenge Details


  1. You can enter individually or as a team of up to 5.
  2. The age of your team/ you must be aged between 18-21 years old.
  3. You must be studying for a degree (or equivalent) qualification.
  4. Entry into the Competition is free.
  5. The deadline for submissions is 1st September 2020
  6. The winner will be announced in October 2020 (date TBC).


  • You need to email the summary report, pitch deck and presentation videos to: by 1st September 2020.
  • Please submit any accompanying documentation (such as the PowerPoint file) along with your video.
  • If the file size is too large, please store the videos in the Cloud and send us a link so we can download them.
  • Please make sure you include your name, email address, your team name and your institution with your submission.
  • The submission deadline is 5pm (GMT) 1st September 2020.
  • The winner will be announced in November 2020.



You can produce a presentation in any style you wish. You may wish to keep it simple and use a PowerPoint, or you may wish to produce a documentary or TV style show. It must not run for longer than 10 minutes. The presentation should be delivered in English and any slides or documents should also be in English.You may include anything you think relevant to your project, here are some information you should include:

  1. An introduction to your team and your roles.
  2. Your project outlines.
  3. The reasons for doing the project
  4. Any tests or experiments you did.
  5. Any safety aspects you have considered.
  6. Any social, financial or technical problems your team had and how you dealt with them.
  7. A final reflective evaluation including both positive and negative aspects of the whole challenge.
  8. Any references to any research sources that you have used.

Please video your presentation. You may video it on a phone, tablet or video camera. Marks will not be deducted for video quality (although we should be able to see and hear the content clearly.) There are no additional marks for highly technical productions – we are interested in your project, not your camerawork!

Important Future Dates

Jan 2021 - Announcing the topic of the 2021 competition

October 2021 - Deadline for submission of University STEM Challenge

November 2021 (Date TBC) - Announcement of University STEM Challenge 2021 winner

About the Competition

The Prize

  • There will be one grand prize winner or winning team
  • A cash prize of £1000 (GBP)
  • The opportunity to take part in our iSTEM ambassador training course and become a certified BIEA iSTEM ambassador with support/guidance from leading UK STEM experts from Royal Institution, British Council, Engineering UK etc.