Terms and Conditions

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Next Generation Award 2018 terms and conditions


  • This competition is organised and administered by Autocar and Courland Automotive.
  • By entering the Next Generation Award, all entrants agree to the terms and conditions of entry in full.
  • Employees and their families of Haymarket Media Group, Courland Automotive, The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, and the supporting partner organisations, or any of their affiliates are not eligible to enter.
  • The Next Generation Award and its terms and conditions will be governed by English law.
  • Autocar and Courland Automotive reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions at any time without notice


  • Entrants must be aged 17-25 and be UK residents or currently studying at a UK school or university.  All Entrants must be eligible to work in the UK (you maybe requested to provide proof of this if selected for the final 6)
  • All entrants must be available for work experience (one month at each partner organisation) after the winner’s announcement – to be agreed with each of the defined organisations. Work experience typically begins in early spring following the announcement of the winner at the end of November, and must be completed by the end of the 2019.
  • Entrants must ensure that they are available for the judging day on 8 November 2018
  • Previous winners may not enter.

Entry submission

  • Only one entry is allowed per person. If you submit multiple entries, only the one with the most recent date stamp according to our system will be considered. 
  • By entering the Next Generation Award, the entrant understands that the submission (descriptions, images, videos etc) will be made publicly available and will be able to be shared by members of the general public across any and all media channels including the internet.
  • The Promoter reserves the right to exclude any entry from the process if they deem it incomplete, illegible or as having been submitted by an ineligible person.

Judging process

  • The Next Generation Award website will open for entries until 31 August 2018 at 5pm. Autocar and Courland Automotive will not be responsible for and will not accept projects received after this time.
  • A panel of first-round judges will select the top 12 entries to carry through to the next stage of the award programme. The judges will be professionals within the automotive industry and this process will be administered by representatives working on behalf of the Next Generation Award. 
  • During the second round, the shortlist of entries selected by the panel of first round judges will be further scrutinised by an industry panel who will reduce it to a second shortlist of the best six. These six will be selected purely on the merits of how well they respond to the brief – there will not necessarily be one entry selected from each area of focus (mobility, connectivity, sustainability, and customer experience)
  • Week commencing 8 October 2018 the six short-listed candidates will enter a mentoring process whereby each finalist will be assigned to a representative from each sponsor who will advise, coach, and provide support and feedback to each entrant. 
  • The six finalists will be invited to the final Judging Day on the 8 November 2018 at a central London location. Each finalist will have 30 minutes to present their idea to the judging panel. This will be followed by an interview process in the afternoon. At the end of the process three finalist will be selected to attend the SMMT annual dinner where the ultimate winner will be announced.
  • Judges appointed by the Next generation Award will make the final decision on the three finalists no later than the 8 November 2017 and on the sole winner no later than the 27 November 2017.
  • The Next Generation Award winner will be announced on 27 November 2018 at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders annual dinner .
  • The Next Generation Award winner will receive:
  1. £8000 
  2. Five-month work placement (one month at each of the sponsors’ companies) 
  3. The Next Generation Award trophy.
  • All entrants accept the judges’ decisions as final and binding, and no further correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
  • For six months after the competition from the 27 November 2018 to 30 May 2019, Courland Automotive will offer all finalists support and guidance with CV development for job applications.

Work placements

  • Work placements at the partner organisations will only be arranged for the winning entrant.
  • The winning entrant is entitled to a cash prize, which they will receive in five instalments upon completion of each work placement.

Costs and reimbursement

  • Short-listed candidates are responsible for covering their own travel costs to and from each mentor session and the judging day.
  • Accommodation will be paid for the night before the judging day for the six shortlisted candidates.
  • Accommodation will also be paid for the three finalists who are attending the annual dinner of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Intellectual property

  • The Next Generation Award organisers are not responsible for obtaining or verifying any intellectual property rights relating to the submissions entered. It is the responsibility of the entrant to secure protection for an idea which is being entered before submission. 
  • At all times, the intellectual property in relation to the project will remain the entrant’s. The Next Generation Award and all parties involved will not take ownership of intellectual property.
  • For more information on protecting ideas see the section 'how do I protect my idea' on our FAQs 

Publicity and promotion

  • By entering this competition, the winner and all entrants agree to take part in any publicity and promotional activity surrounding the Next Generation Award and future publicity.
  • As part of an ambassador role, the winner may be required to partake in some activities recommended by the organisers. 
  • Any entrant to the award may be asked to take part in publicity and promotional activities. By entering the award, the entrant is accepting that their story, details of their idea, images and footage can be used for publicity purposes. 
  • The entrant may be invited to personally partake in publicity opportunities such as interviews put forward to the entrant by the Next Generation Award. 

Personal data

  • By entering the Next Generation Award, entrants expressly authorise the Next Generation Award to use personal data collected during the registration process for the purposes of administration and to inform entrants of any progression throughout the award or publicity opportunities. 
  • This competition is run by Haymarket Media Group, publishers of Autocar, as well as Courland Automotive. We will only send you information relating to the Next Generation Award, if you no longer wish to receive such information please write to us at: Data Controller, Haymarket Circulation, Haymarket Media Group, Bridge House, 69 London Road, Twickenham, TW1 3SP or email datacontroller@haymarket.com, stating ‘Next Generation Award 2018’ in the subject line.
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