BrightSparks – an initiative that aims to find and highlight the brightest and most talented young electronics engineers in the UK today – has begun its search once more.

The competition is open to nominees aged between 16 and 30, who are based in the UK and who are already making a difference in the first years of their working life, or who are still in education and are showing potential as future innovators in the electronics industry.

Backed by Bristol and Bath

As well as receiving support from the Institute of Engineering and Technology Young Professionals and HARTING, a global electronics distribution company, the competition is backed by RS Components, a Bristol-based global distributor for engineers, who has also supplied Raspberry Pi small computers for the DigiLocal community coding scheme run by High Tech Bristol and Bath across the region.

Nominations can now be submitted by completing an online form or by uploading a three-minute video. Entries will be accepted from the nominee or from a third party. The closing date for nominations is Wednesday 28 February 2018. You can see more about the competition in the video below:


Nominations will be reviewed and shortlisted by a panel of professionals from across the electronics industry, including Lindsley Ruth, CEO of RS Components and a flight suit inventor at Richard Browning’s Gravity.

Celebrating all young engineers

BrightSparks is not limited to one winner but will celebrate a group of young engineers. The winning entrants will be announced in May 2018 with a celebration event in London to showcase their ideas and talents and to meet some influential and motivational people from the industry.

Celebrating the achievements of the most talented young people in the electronics world can play a significant role in inspiring and encouraging new entrants of both genders to the industry. This is particularly important in the context of the industry’s skills gap and the efforts of the UK government and other organisations to encourage greater take-up in schools and universities of STEM and engineering-related subjects.

For more information about BrightSparks 2018, and to read the stories of the BrightSparks Class of 2017 visit the Brightspark site. To enter the competition complete the Electronic Weekly online form.