Formula 100 students

Is your brain constantly bursting with new ideas?

Are you always saying wouldn’t it be good if there was something that …?

Make 2016 the year you invent the future.

If you’re 11-16 and have loads of great ideas all the time why not enter our Formula 100 competition?

We’re looking for the UK’s most innovative and creative young minds.


This year there are two categories:

  • 11-13 years old

  • 14-16 years old

Winning entries in each category will receive:

  • £1,000 cash for the school/youth organisation

  • iPad for the student

  • There are also amazing extra prizes on offer which have been kindly donated by two Your Life sponsors:

    • Shell is offering four one-day admission tickets to Goodwood Festival of Speed on Sunday 26th June, for the winner in the 11-13 age category (to include accompanying adults).

    • Johnson & Johnson is offering the opportunity for a special tour of their Beerse site in Belgium with travel and accommodation for the winning student of the 14-16 category plus one adult. The site is a centre for research and development as well as production, and it is the home of Janssen, Johnson & Johnson’s pharmaceutical division.

New this year – three shortlisted entries from each category will be invited to take part in creating an Invent the Future video showcasing their idea for the Your Life YouTube channel. Viewers will then be asked to “like” their favourite invention. Entries will be judged against a number of criteria. Online votes will count towards 20% of the final score for each entry.


All you have to do is send us a 30-60 second video telling us:

What you would invent and why


Our Patron Beth Tweddle told us what she would invent, have you got a better idea?

Dos and don’ts:

  • Competition is open from 11th January until 24th April 2016.

  • Videos should be 30-60 seconds long and explain what you would invent and why.

  • Entries must be clearly labelled with the your full name, age, school and if you are under 16 you must include contact details for your teacher/parent/guardian.

  • Email your entry to

  • Full terms and conditions can be found here

Keep up to date with Your Life and get more information on the competition on our social media channels.