Special Prizes

As well as the core prizes, The Big Bang Competition also includes a range of amazing special prizes. Please see below for details - more are added all the time, so please check back!



Protecting the Environment

Air Products’ core purpose is making the world more productive, energy efficient and sustainable. Our products and applications help customers improve energy efficiency, reduce environmental impact and address social needs. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics are at the heart of our innovative solutions that help us achieve this. The winner will receive a certificate and a prize, including an exciting experience day.




BAE Systems Inspired Work Prize

The BAE Systems Inspired Work Prize recognises the project that demonstrates the key qualities of motivation, influence, partnerships, communication and trust. The winner will receive a certificate and a prize, including an exciting experience day.



The University of Manchester: global challenges, Manchester solutions

By applying our world-leading research The University of Manchester is committed to finding cutting-edge solutions to meeting a range of global challenges. We are making impact by addressing global inequalities, developing the next generation of advanced materials, helping to combat cancer, pioneering the energy systems of the future, while also being at the forefront of a bio-industrial revolution. To continue this work, the University is looking to inspire the scientists and engineers of tomorrow – their innovation and vision will be vital in safeguarding the world we all live in for generations to come.



The Rotary Prize for Medical/Scientific Advancement

In the year that Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its charity The Rotary Foundation and in recognition of Rotary's successful work worldwide starting and spearheading the global campaign to eradicate polio, the 2017 Rotary Prize for The Big Bang Competition is awarded to the project that has shown outstanding success in medical/scientific achievement.



GKN Award for Engineering

GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has three divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy, which operate in the aerospace and automotive markets. Over 55,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of GBP7.7 billion in the year to 31 December 2015.



RAF Team Work award

The Royal Air Force is delighted to be sponsoring this Team Work award which recognises the team ethos within the project. Team work is an important aspect of life in the RAF and is at the epicentre of our core values.



JCB Innovation Special Prize

JCB is the world’s third largest manufacturer of construction equipment, has 22 plants on four continents and more than 11,000 employees. Founded in 1945 by Joseph Cyril Bamford, the company is still privately-owned by the Bamford family. JCB is the world’s number one manufacturer of backhoe loaders and telescopic handlers. JCB is proud to be sponsoring the Innovation Special Prize.



MWH Award for Developing Future Communities

MWH, now part of Stantec, unites 22,000 employees globally. Throughout our long history, we have supported clients in developing sustainable infrastructure. Our professionals are dedicated to creating communities. The 2017 MWH Prize for the Big Bang Competition is awarded to the project that best supports the development of future communities.



Young Water Dragons prize

The Future Water Associationbrings together entrepreneurs and technology companies to inform, innovate and influence the future of water. Central to this is new thinking, and Young Water Dragons aims to stimulate this thinking. We believe that young minds create great ideas and our exciting Young Water Dragons is aimed at schools to find the next creative thinker, entrepreneur and Future Water Ambassador.



AVEVA’s Innovation in Technology Award

AVEVA is one of the World’s leading Engineering, Design and Information Management software providers to the Process, Plant and Marine Industries. As AVEVA celebrates its 50th year of innovation it is delighted to sponsor the AVEVA Innovation in Technology Award. This award will go to the project that best demonstrates technological innovation..