Frequently asked questions about the Digital Futures Competition:
Submitting your presentation
After the Competition
Information for Schools
Information for Parents
1. Who is this competition open to?
Please see our rules to find our entry requirements here:
This competition is open to students who are in year 12 or in their penultimate year of secondary education and year 13 or in their last year of secondary education. If you are an international student, the year 12 category will be the year before you take your final exams for university entry:
Scotland – S5
Germany – Grade 12
Spain – 1º Bachillerato
Portugal – 11º Ano
Netherlands – 5e Jaar
France – Première / 1re
Northern Ireland – Year 13
For any not listed, please find the equivalent in your country of study.
2. What if I enter but do not meet the entry requirements?
We will contact the schools of all shortlisted candidates to ensure they meet our entry requirements. You will be disqualified if we discover you do not meet the entry requirements.
3. I have not received my registration confirmation
Everyone who registers for the Digital Futures competition will receive a confirmation email with a link to submit your presentation. Please check your junk email as a large number of students have found their email there. If you still have not received it, it may have been blocked by your domain, especially if you are using a school email address. We suggest registering again with a new email address.
If the problem still persists please contact us. It can take up to 5 days for us to respond to your query, so please ensure you email us in good time. We will be unable to respond to every request that comes in as the deadline grows closer.
4. Can I submit more than one presentation?
No, we only have capacity to accept one entry per person. Each entrant may only submit one presentation.
5. I am underage but I would like to submit a presentation, can I still enter?
No, this would be unfair to everyone who meets our age requirements. We run this competition every year. Please do apply when you are of the correct age.
6. Will you check we are the correct age/in the right year?
Yes, we will check if you are the correct age/in the right year if you are shortlisted, by contacting your school directly, so it will be helpful to let them know that we will be in touch after the competition deadline.
7. Will you be checking presentations for plagiarism?
Yes. To ensure our competition is fair for all our students, we run all submissions through our internal system to check for plagiarism. Your submission should be your own original work. Any plagiarised submissions will be disqualified.
8. How will I know you have you received my presentation?
You will receive a confirmation email once you submit your presentation. We also send out postcards via post to all entrants after the deadline letting you know we are in the process of marking it.
9. I have submitted my presentation but noticed a mistake - what can I do?
All submissions are final. Once presentations are in our system we cannot overwrite them.
We received a large number of emails last year with students wishing to upload new versions of previously submitted presentations, however this is not possible.
10. I had internet connectivity issue and could not submit, what do I do?
No matter the circumstance, your presentation will not be accepted beyond the submission deadline. Please submit your presentation in good time to ensure it is accepted. Please do not ask a parent or teacher to email us on your behalf.
11. I missed the deadline, can I have an extension?
Our deadline is strict and we do not offer any extensions, no matter the circumstance. There is a 3 month submission window for our competition, allowing students more than enough time to submit their presentations.
You will be disqualified if you contact other Northeastern University London faculty and staff to accept your presentation after the submission deadline. Please do not ask a parent or teacher to email us on your behalf.
12. When will I hear back about my submission?
We receive thousands of competition submissions every year and we like to take time to read every single one which is why it can take us a few months to mark them. Please do not email asking when you will hear back about your submission, as the more time we spend responding to emails, the less time we have to mark your submission. Everyone who submits a presentation will be informed of its outcome. Those who are shortlisted will be invited to an awards ceremony which will be held at our University. This is a special event where the prize winners will be able to celebrate their successes.
Please ensure you remain subscribed to our emails after submitting your presentation so we are able to inform you if you have been shortlisted. Our emails will not be delivered if you unsubscribe from our mailing list.
See our competition rules here
13. Are there presentation guidelines?
- Presentation can be created in Powerpoint or a suitable alternative but must be saved and submitted as a PDF.
- Presentation must not exceed 5 slides (not including your title page)
- Please ensure your last slide includes a conclusion.
- You can use images in your presentation if you feel this will help.
- If you are using referenced materials (including images) please do reference these in your presentation.
- There is no minimum/maximum word count.
14. Can I email in my presentation?
No. Please use the submission link provided to submit your presentation.
15. Can you give me feedback on my presentation?
No. As we receive thousands of entries each year, we do not have the capacity to provide feedback for each submission.
16. Where did I rank in the Digital Futures competition?
We do not ‘rank’ every submission we receive and we are unable to provide individual feedback.
17. Will I receive a certificate?
If you have been shortlisted you will receive a certificate in the post. Please refer to the email you received for further details.
18. Can you email me my certificate?
No, we do not email certificates under any circumstances, this is to avoid people replicating them. Please ensure you have provided us with the correct postal address.
19. What is the difference between 'finalist' and 'highly commended'?
Our shortlisted candidates are split into two groups, those who are ‘Finalists’ and those whose presentation’s were ‘Highly Commended.’ If you are shortlisted you will receive a certificate for your presentation.
20. Can I get a copy of the presentation that I submitted?
Due to the sheer volume of requests we receive it is not possible for us to provide copies of the presentation you submitted. We ask you to store this on your own personal device should you wish to reflect on it at a later date.
21. I am a teacher interested in promoting the Digital Futures Competition to my students. How can I get in touch?
If you would like to join our teachers’ mailing list to receive a poster and promotional material, please sign up here.
We will post any new posters to you when our competition reopens annually.
22. A student missed the deadline and you want to get in touch with us
Please do not contact us about any student who has missed a deadline. Every year we receive many emails from teachers trying to get extensions for their students. All deadlines are communicated well in advance and students have a 3 month window in which to submit their presentation. We have also increased the number of reminders to students. We pride ourselves in keeping our competition as fair as possible for all students so we adhere to a strict deadline.
23. My child missed the deadline, what can I do?
Every year we receive many emails from parents. All deadlines are communicated well in advance, we have also increased the number of reminders to students. We pride ourselves in keeping our competition as fair as possible for all students so we adhere to a strict deadline.
24. Can I enter other competitions?
Students in Year 12 or their penultimate year of secondary education are welcome to also enter our Essay Competition.