Welcome to YES! Bridge

YES! Bridge is a new school competition in the UK that focuses on developing a solution to a current topic in economics, politics, society and the environment.

Gefördert vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

YES! Bridge is funded by  the German Federal Ministry for Science and Education

Since 2015, the YES! – Young Economic Summit has been a successful and growing school competition in Germany. Learn more about the YES!

In 2020, the YES! was awarded a prize by the German Federal Ministry for Science and Education for “Raising the Profile of Education and Science Diplomacy”. This is what Education and Science Diplomacy means.

We proposed a project we called YES! Bridge. The idea was to bring the YES! competition to the UK and connect British pupils with German researchers to promote the border-crossing cooperations on solving current issues.

Five school teams from the UK can select a proposed topic, work together with German researchers and then attend a British National Final in summer 2022. The top two teams will then advance to the Final in Germany in September 2022.

We cover all costs for travel and accommodation for the teams so that young people from all different financial backgrounds can join.

All teams will have access to your YES! learning platform with learning modules to support them throughout the competition. Learning modules include for example guidelines on how to define a problem, how to develop a solution proposal or how to build a good presentation.

Timeline for taking part in YES! Bridge

  • Prof. Gert G. Wagner im Gespräch mit dem Team des Martin-Andersen-Nexö Gymnasiums aus Dresden während der Pause

    Quite often, the discussions don’t end on the stage, but experts and students engage in conversations during the breaks at the Final.

    Teams must register via our online form below by February 18th, 2022.

  • We will then pick five teams based on their problem identification.
  • End of February, early March, we will start with the kick-off meeting.
  • Late April, early May, the teams will then have their expert talks.
  • The exact date and location for the UK Final event is will be determined with the teams . It’s likely around July 19-21, 2022.

What you have to do to join YES! Bridge

The competition focuses on solutions, but before working on a solution, you have to understand how fundamentally important the definition of a problem is. Some of the topics at YES! are very broad, so you need to find your focus within this topic.

Your big task is to identify and work on a core problem important to you. Look at all possible issues of this topic. Only when you know all the influencing factors, i.e. the context of the problem, can you develop a solution that, on the one hand, has the potential to solve the problem and, on the other hand, advances you in the competition with other solution ideas.

Your task to apply for YES! Bridge is:

  • Demonstrate that you have understood the importance of the topic and identified several of its problems.
  • Describe problem do you think is particularly relevant to you?
  • Identify the stakeholders that are affected by the issues?
  • Explain your motivation to develop a solution to your problem?

Write a one-page essay on these tasks or be creative with a video, podcast or something else.

Have a look at our guidelines and use it to prepare your application.(PDF, 0.3 MB)

Then fill in the form below and share your problem indentification with us. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible telling you if you’ve made it through to the competition.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us via mail: yes@zbw.eu

We’re looking forward to getting to know you and your ideas.


your YES! team

Registration Form

Part 1 of 3

General Information on the school

Information on the teacher:

About the team

You may also hand in the letter of motivation, or video for example, via email to yes@zbw.eu We will get in touch with you as soon as possible to give you some feedback.

You may upload the following formats: doc, docx, pdf, odt, txt

If you have a larger file like a video or a podcast audio, please upload it to a cloud service, because uploading it directly could be too large. Please insert here the link and we will download it from there.

Please, let us know if there is anything you would like to tell or ask about the competition.

Date Protection Information

The YES! - Young Economic Summit is a German-wide school competition in the fields of economics, politics, society and the environment. It is organized by the ZBW - Leibniz Information Center for Economics and the Joachim Herz Foundation.

YES! Bridge is a project financed by the  German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to have a school competition like the German YES! in the United Kingdon in 2022.

Any data we collect from you as part of the project will only be processed by the organizers and will not be passed on to third parties. We store your contact data for the duration of the project in order to keep you informed about this competition.

You can request the deletion of your data at any time and stop receiving information material about the YES! - Young Economic Summit to your address by informing us of your wish via email to yes@zbw.eu.

For more detailed information on data protection at the YES! please refer to the statement on our website: https://www.young-economic-summit.org/en/data-protection-2/

Scientific Partners:

FAQs for YES! Bridge

A YES! Bridge school team must consist of 5 students from grades 10-12. The pupils may also come from different grades and focus areas.
Note: Unlike the German competition, we are this year limited to 5 team members in the UK due to the budget restrictions of our grant.

Each team needs at least one teacher for supervision. Thematically, the supervising teachers usually come from the fields of English, economics, politics, social studies or civics. However, this is not a mandatory requirement for registration and successful participation. Supervision is a prerequisite, especially for the trips to our events.

At the UK Final, all five teams come together to present and discuss their ideas. It will likely be a 5 hour event, and it requires the team to be out of school for this day. The costs for travel will be reimbursed by the YES! organisers. The exact date and location are not yet fix.

The two teams with the most points in the UK Final are invited to Hamburg, Germany, and join the Final there. It’s a three-day event, September 19-21, 2022,  where German teams, teams from the USA and the two UK teams get to present their ideas and discuss them with experts from the respective fields. There will be a German winner and a vote for the International Winner.

Experience the journey of a YES! team

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