Corona Update for the YES!

March 18, 2020

Dear friends of the YES!, school teams and researchers,

although schools are closed, we got an overwhelming feedback from your school teams that they want to continue their work for the YES!.

We have switched to virtual meetings for the remaining kick-offs and the expert talks.

Regarding our regional finals, we will see how the next weeks evolve.

We’ll keep you updated.

Stay safe, stay healthy!

Your YES! team

The next season of the YES! is on its way! Our researchers are ready for the first kick-off meetings with the 60 teams we have chosen for this year’s competition. We are excited that many teams selected topics that are rather new to the YES! like financial literacy or big data.

See the full list of teams, topics and institutions for each region on our 2020 page.

Upcoming events

(may be changed due to the corona virus restrictions)

Regional Finals

East: 10 June 2020, WZB Berlin
North: 15 June 2020, RBZ Wirtschaft, Kiel
West: 24 June 2020, Haus der Technik, Essen
South-West: 1 July 2020, ZEW, Mannheim
South-Ost: 14 July 2020, ifo Institute, München

National Final

21-23 September 2020, Bucerius Law School, Hamburg

The YES! – Young Economic Summit is the largest German school competition on economic and social challenges for teams of the grades 10 to 12.

Students, in close cooperation with researchers of renowned economic research institutions, develop their own solutions for regional and global challenges in the economy, society, politics and environment.

They present their ideas at regional conferences and discuss them with experts from the fields of business, politics, academics and international institutions.

The best solutions of each region – selected only by the participating students – compete at the national final in September to become the winning solution of the YES! – Young Economic Summit.

YES! 2019

Here are the winning teams of the YES! 2019:

Click here to go to the YES! 2019 page for more details.

1st place:
Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium Weinheim:
GreenPay – a private incentive system for a sustainable future

3rd place:
Gymnasium bei St. Michael Schwäbisch-Hall:
P-Box – For Green Delivery

Jury Award for “Best Scientific Analysis”:
RBZ Wirtschaft . Kiel:

YES! Facts and Figures

  • in 2020 with 16 partner institutions in 5 regions
  • More than 200 researchers have taken part in the YES!
  • More than 180 different challenges were introduced by the researchers
  • Over 140 teachers and more than 1700 students worked on YES! solutions so far
  • More than 125 international experts from politics, business, and civil society joined the discussions with the teams

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