Congratulations to the top 20 finalists for 2019.

Project stages and deadlines

Stage 1: Register your team

Teachers must register their team(s) online.

Registration is now closed.

Propose your campaign

Deadline 16th Nov, 2018
  • Each campaign should be made of up a team of 2-6 students
    • Primary schools: teams must be from 3rd to 6th class
    • Post primary schools: teams must be either junior classes (1st-3rd year) or senior classes (4th-6th year)
  • All teams choose and research a topic that we have set for both primary and post primary students

Criteria for both primary and post primary

PrimaryPost primary
  • Teams decide on One Good Idea to encourage people to save energy every day
  • Teams come up with creative, attention grabbing ways to promote their One Good Idea and plan their awareness campaign
  • Teams decide on One Good Idea to encourage people to save energy every day
  • Teams plan a one 1-minute viral video to promote their One Good Idea and inspire people to take action to save energy using the storyboard template. The 'How to make a Storyboard' factsheet will tell you all you need to know.
  • Teams plan how to use their video as part of a creative, attention grabbing awareness campaign to promote their One Good Idea
  • Teams and/or teacher complete the online application form and attach the completed storyboard template as part of their submission. 

Stage 2: Shortlisted Schools activate their campaign

January - March 2019

All entries will be judged and the shortlisted teams will be notified in January 2019. Each shortlisted team receives a One Good Idea mentor. The mentor will work with them to research and activate their proposed campaign. This includes a team workshop in their school before the February mid term break.

Download the list of the top 70 teams

Students / teachers must submit their campaign online by Friday 8th March 2019. Finalists will be notified before the end of March 2019 giving them plenty of time to prepare their final pitch.

Download the Campaign Diary form for use in class only. All submissions must be made online.


Enter Stage 2 Campaign Diary

Stage 3: Pitch your campaign at the finals!

14th May 2019

Congratulations to the 20 finalists for 2019. The National Final takes place on 14th May 2019 in The Printworks, Dublin Castle. The teams will make their presentation pitch to the panel of expert adjudicators. The winners will be announced and awarded their trophies and prizes.

We have been entering this competition for the last two years, it's a great competition to help students gain confidence, work as a team, do independent research, meet deadlines and make a difference to their school - love it!'
Teacher, Errigal College, Donegal

Campaign Toolkit

This competition is all about having an idea and creating an exciting awareness campaign. Be as creative as you can to make people take notice of your ideas and inspire them to take action. We are delighted to provide you with tips and tools to help you

  • Research your idea
  • Run an effective awareness campaign
  • Pitch and present your project to the judges
  • Create a video

Research Tools

  1. Carrying out survey
  2. Written Correspondence
  3. Using the phone
  4. Interview guest speakers

Campaign Tools: - How to plan and run a campaign

  1. Planning your campaign
  2. Tips for targeting your audience
  3. Running an awareness campaign (Primary Students only)
  4. Running an awareness campaign and promoting a 1 minute film (Post Primary Only)
  5. Producing a leaflet
  6. Writing a press release
  7. Organising a petition


Creating a 1 minute film (Post Primary only)

This year a new element is added for Post Primary teams. We want you to create a 1 minute (maximum) film to promote your One Good Idea and inspire people to take action to save energy. You still need to do all the other elements of research and then create a promotional campaign for your video. We have a short help sheet on how to create a video.

SEAI One Good Idea National Final 2018

Further information

Participation in the competition

  1. Team members submitting an entry must be registered students in a schools from the Republic of Ireland to be a valid entry. The Promoter (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, situated at Wilton Park House, Wilton Place, Dublin 2) reserves the right to seek verification from the relevant school of the registration of any students who have entered the competition.
  2. It is the responsibility of all participating schools to give permission for their students to participate in the programme and oversee their participation therein. A teacher/principal must sign each team's entry form to validate permission for all participants. The promoter is not liable in any way for costs, expenses, damages, liability or injury arising out of or in any way connected with the Awards programme.
  3. Each team will comprise of a minimum of two and a maximum of six students.
  4. Entries must be anchored in energy / climate change related topics as outlined in the project pack and on the website.
  5. The closing date for the receipt of Campaign Proposals is Friday 6th November 2018.
  6. All submissions must be made via the online platform.
  7. Each teacher that enters teams into the competition will go into a prize draw for a teacher’s prize of a hotel voucher. The winner will be announced in May 2019 and notified by phone, email or mail. The teacher’s prize is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged. No cash equivalents are available as an alternative for the prize that is offered.
  8. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will be selected and notified the week beginning 7th January 2019.
  9. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will receive a workshop with their One Good Idea mentor before mid February 2019 in their school.
  10. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will receive feedback and assistance from the One Good Idea team on how to activate their campaign and document it in their Presentation Pitch / Video throughout January/February/March 2019.
  11. The closing date for receipt of the Presentation Pitch is 8th March 2019 or such later date as may be advised on the website.
  12. Primary school's Presentation Pitch must include a campaign diary form submitted online and a 4 minute video of their pitch. Post Primary schools must submit a 1 minute video and campaign diary form online. Teams may also submit additional work such as photos / poster etc, this is optional.
  13. The teacher / school must verify it has obtained valid consent for the use of any images or videos of a minor when submitting their projects.
  14. Please keep a record of all creative pieces on an electronic/or digital format. The Promoter requests that all audio pieces can be electronically transferred.
  15. Real Nation and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland cannot accept responsibility for lost, damaged or delayed entries. Proof of posting is not proof of receipt. Entries cannot be returned to entrants. 
  16. The finalists will be announced and notified week commencing 25th March 2019.
  17. Employees and family members of employees or persons directly associated with Real Nation and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland are not eligible to enter this competition.
  18. The personal details of entrants will be used solely for the purposed of the One Good Idea programme.  All personal details submitted by entrants will be treated with confidence and in full compliance with GDPR legislation.
  19. Individual prizes, all of which are based on the category of the prize winner, will be detailed on the website in advance of the National Final, May 2019.
  20. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. No cash equivalents are available as an alternative for the prizes that are offered.
  21. Prize winners will receive their trophies on the day of the National Final.
  22. Prize winners and teachers may be asked to participate in publicity (photographs, interviews, quotations etc.), in which case consent forms will be made available.
  23. Copyright of all original material entered in this competition is retained by the author. By submitting a project for entry, the entrants and the relevant school or college grant the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland the right to reproduce the entry (in full or in part) on the radio, on the website at or in such other publication as the Authority might nominate, without payment.
  24. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland reserves the right to amend, withdraw or terminate the competition or alter the specification of the competition without prior notice should that specified be unavailable for reasons beyond their control.
  25. Notwithstanding that the winners may have been declared, if the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland discovers before the distribution of prizes that for any reason under these rules a winner should have been ineligible to enter the competition or if the entry should have been declared invalid, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland reserves the right to determine that a winning team is disqualified.
  26. All entrants agree to be bound by the rules of the competition; failure on the part of any entrant to adhere to any or all of these rules will render the entry in question invalid.