BrightSparks 2020 initiative celebrates the talent and entrepreneurship of the UK’s young engineers

RS Components (RS) has announced it is partnering with Electronics Weekly for a fourth year to launch EW BrightSparks, an initiative to showcase the brightest and most talented young electronics engineers in the UK today.

EW BrightSparks is designed to celebrate a group of young engineers who are making a difference in the first years of their working life, or still in education and showing great promise towards becoming leaders and innovators in the electronics industry of the future.

EW BrightSparks 2020 is open now to nominees in the UK, aged between 18 and 30, who are working or actively pursuing a career as electronics engineers or studying electronics in further or higher education. Entries will be accepted from the nominee or from a third party and must highlight the nominee’s achievements as an engineer. Nominations are welcome from any area of the engineering industry including colleges and universities, as well as start-ups, SMEs and corporate businesses, and from any company employing engineers. Nominations can be submitted via The closing date is Monday 24th February 2020.

Nominations will be reviewed and shortlisted by a panel of professionals from across the electronics industry, including: Lindsley Ruth, CEO Electrocomponents; Clive Couldwell, Group Editor at Electronics Weekly; Frederik Schulze Spüntrup, President of the European Young Engineers; and Peter Hannon, Managing Director at HARTING, UK, which is supporting the programme again this year. Further judges will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

The winning entrants will be announced on Wednesday 18th March 2020 with an awards ceremony taking place on Tuesday 28th April 2020.

“A strong engineering sector is vital to the future of the UK and the global economy. Engineering presents a huge opportunity for young people today, enabling them to contribute to the economy and to make people’s lives better, more efficient and more entertaining,” said fellow judge Isabella Mascarenhas, VP Grass Roots and Shining Stars at Electrocomponents.
“RS recognises the need to inspire and encourage young people to enter the engineering profession, and is why, as part of our Corporate Responsibility vision, we started our STEM outreach programme three years ago and recently launched our global Grass Roots university programme. Initiatives like EW BrightSparks will inspire younger people to choose STEM subjects and pursue a career in engineering, and RS is delighted to partner with EW once again on EW BrightSparks 2020.”

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