The fifth region South-East was added to the YES! this year. Now, we are a truly national competition. The top two teams of each regional finals came to Hamburg in September for the largest National Final ever.
Another year, another step forward. With our two new regions West and East, the YES! doubled its size. For the first time, we had the top three teams of all four regions in Hamburg. At the Bucerius Law School, the teams presented their ideas and had a great time talking to the experts.
The YES! 2017, for the first time, took place in two different regions. While the YES! started in 2015 with teams from the North, in its third rendition, the competition included the region South-West. With the ZEW Centre for European Economic Research as the regional partner, the first of two regional finales took place in Mannheim. The second final was held in Kiel at the ZBW. The final in Kiel in September was bigger than ever, with 14 teams presenting their solutions on two days, accompanied by national and international speakers who discussed the solutions in every detail.
When a project like the YES! receives such a great response in its first year, the second year is accompanied by some expectations. Again, 14 schools took part and sent their teams up onto the stage at the RBZ Wirtschaft. Kiel. The bar was high, but the students performed at their best and came up with ideas that were well received by the audience, politicians and the experts during the discussions.
How different would it be if school students came up with a solution to a problem that affects the economy, the society or our environment? How different would their approach be? What could decision makers learn from this different perspective? How would students benefit from this kind of economic education?
In a nutshell, this is the idea behind the YES! – Young Economic Summit, which took place for the first time in 2015.