Bright Ideas competition terms and conditions

Are you passionate about international development and have an idea that could change the world?

Send us your Bright Ideas talk, and you might be selected to attend the Commonwealth Youth Forum in Malta, with all your travel and accommodation expenses covered by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Video or audio submissions must be received by 30 September 2015.

For information about hosting a Bright Ideas event and recording your talk, see the Bright Ideas how-to guide.

How do I apply?

Submit your Bright Ideas talk in video or audio format to [email protected] by 30 September 2015, 5pm London time (GMT+1).

Along with your submission, please include the following in your email:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Country of origin
  • A short sentence (max 50 words) explaining your Bright Ideas talk.

Who is eligible?

Each entrant must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Aged between 18 and 29 years.
  • Citizen of a Commonwealth country.
  • Be an individual – group entries are not permitted.
  • Doing great and innovative work in democracy or development, which has created change for a community or beyond.

Each entrant must submit a suitable video or audio file in accordance with the Bright Ideas code of conductPlease note that entries must be original and specific to the competition; you cannot submit pre-existing audio or video files.

Each entrant must also hold a valid passport and be eligible to obtain a Schengen visa for entry to Malta (and any transit destinations).

How will the winner be selected?

The most interesting, inspiring and impactful Bright Ideas talk submitted by 30th September 2015, as determined by the staff of the Youth Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, will be selected as the winner and confirmed by the Deputy Secretary-General, Economic and Social Development.

There will only be one winner.  The Commonwealth Secretariat’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

What will the winner receive?

The Commonwealth Secretariat will cover the costs of an economy return airfare from the winner’s country (or current location), plus necessary visas.  The Government of Malta will cover the cost of the winner’s accommodation and meals while at the Commonwealth Youth Forum.

The winner may also have an opportunity to present their work at the Commonwealth Youth Forum.

About the Commonwealth Youth Forum

The Commonwealth Youth Forum, hosted by the Government of Malta, and co-organised with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Youth Council, will take in Malta, from 20-25 November 2015.

The theme for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Forum is ‘Adding Global Value…#WhatNext?’

This Youth Forum will aim to promote and challenge the role of the Commonwealth in adding global value, and, importantly, the role that young people have in achieving this vision.

The event brings together youth leaders from across the Commonwealth to exchange ideas and share experiences, build skills and networks, identify the most vital challenges and opportunities facing young people today, and make policy recommendations to decision makers at the highest level.

For more information about the Commonwealth Youth Forum and its themes, see: