YES! – Young Economic Summit 2020 – Your Future. Your Ideas.2021-01-26T10:27:34+01:00

This year, more than 50 different challenges were proposed by over 80 researchers of our 25 partner institutions – a new record number for us. Current topics like how to deal with Covid-19 economically, big data or digitalisation go along with classic, but still urging problems like the integration of immigrants, taxation or fighting climate change.

See the full list of topics and partners on our yes2021 page.

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.

23 September 2020
The Final was on 21 – 23 September 2020.

The programme included speakers like Virginijus Sinkevičius, EU Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, and many representatives from international organisations like OECD, WTO or EEA, German government institutions, NGOs and business.

All information including a report are available at our event page:

Winning teams 2020

1st place
Martin-Andersen-Nexö Gymnasium Dresden
Lausitz with future?! – Your decision!

2nd place
Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium Stuttgart
Kitafix – Matching daycare places and children more effectively through an innovative ranking system

3rd place
Gymnasium Buckhorn Hamburg
YourEco- Swipe for a better tomorrow!

“Best Scientific Analysis” – Award
Carl-Bechstein-Gymnasium Erkner
BHW – Bicycle Highway

YES! International
International School of Geneva
The Real Progress Indicator Application (RPI App)

Recent News

YES! goes international

The YES! was awarded the 2020 “Raising the Profile of Education and Science Diplomacy” award from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. We will expand our competition to the UK in 2021/22.

YES! Facts and Figures

  • in 2021 with 26 partner institutions in 5 regions
  • More than 250 researchers have taken part in the YES!
  • More than 130 different challenges were introduced by the researchers
  • Over 250 teachers and more than 2200 students worked on YES! solutions so far
  • More than 150 (inter)national experts from politics, business, and civil society joined the discussions with the teams

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