Regional and Digital Heats

How does it work?

Teams will join forces as fictional companies and spend a day preparing a presentation that showcases their design to meet the event’s Request for Proposal! These events will nominally run from an arrival time of 08:30 through to a wrap up time of 20:00, Any questions, get in touch with us by emailing [email protected] or via our socials.

For the 2022/2023 competition year, we are finally able to hold our qualifying heats in person again! However, for those who do not live in close proximity to one of our regional heats, we will continue to hold 2 digital heats, subject to demand.

For this year, we will also be trialing an event designed purely around welcoming new schools into the competition. This event will be invitation-only for schools who have never competed in the competition before, so that they enter on a level playing field with those that they will compete against, giving them a fair chance to progress to the National Final.

Our 2023 events

Seraphim (London)

TBA - Specifically for schools that are new to the UKSDC

Digital 1


Digital 2





11th November 2023








18th November 2023







The Rules of Entry

  1. Teams may consist of between 4 and 12 students, all between Years 10 and 13 (in England/Wales, or equivalent elsewhere in the United Kingdom).
  2. Teams who are not successful in the regional heats are permitted to place an additional entry to UKSDC via the digital competition, space permitting.
  3. Each team must have a designated supervising adult (over the age of 18). This is usually a teacher (in the case that a team’s affiliated organisation is a school).
  4. Registration of a team using the provided form indicates permission has been given by a parent/guardian for a team member to participate.
  5. Only one team may be associated with an institution in order to give as many people the opportunity to get involved as possible. In order to enter as an unaffiliated team, no more than half of your team members may attend the same educational institution (e.g. a team of 12 may have 6 members from school A, 4 from school B, and 2 from school C, but may not have 7 from school A). If you are oversubscribed and interested in registering a second team, please contact [email protected] direct. Should additional space become available, interested parties will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.