The shortlisted teams for 2018 are now working on Step 3.

Project stages and deadlines

Step 1: Register your team

Teachers must register their team(s) online.

Step 2: Propose your campaign

  • 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
  • The team should come up with creative and attention grabbing ways to get their One Good Idea across
  • Teams and/or teacher complete the Campaign Proposal Form for submission
  • Submit online by the 17th November

To help the team start working on their proposal, download the questions that need to be completed for both primary and post primary. This is to be used as a teaching aid only and all applications should be submitted though the online platform.

Step 3: Activate your campaign

January - March 2018

All entries will be judged and the shortlisted teams will be notified in January 2018.

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. Teams must complete:

  • A diary outlining their campaign to date
  • A 4 minute video about their campaign
  • Both of these must be submitted online by Friday 16th March 2018 for judging
  • Finalists will be notified shortly before the Easter holidays giving them plenty of time to prepare their pitch

To help the team start working on their campaign, download the questions that need to be completed.. This is to be used as a teaching aid only and all applications should be submitted though the online platform.

Step 4: Pitch your campaign at the finals!

May 2018

The finalists will attend the National Finals on 15th May 2018 in Dublin. The teams will make their presentation pitch to the panel of expert adjudicators. The winners will be announced and awarded their trophies and prizes.

Download a poster for your class to remind you about the steps involved

Primary Poster

Post Primary Poster


Campaign Toolkit

Need help to get your campaign started? We are delighted to provide you with tips and tools on how to

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

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
  4. Producing a leaflet
  5. Writing a press release
  6. Organising a petition

Presentation Tools

  1. Top tips for Presenting


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 17th November 2017.
  6. 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 2018 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.
  7. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will be selected and notified the week beginning 8th January 2018.
  8. The shortlisted Primary and Post Primary teams will receive a workshop with their One Good Idea mentor in January 2018 in their school.
  9. 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 throughout January/February 2018.
  10. The closing date for receipt of the Presentation Pitch is 16th March 2018 or such later date as may be advised on the website.
  11. The Presentation Pitch must include a campaign diary form (as provided). Teams may also submit a DVD/CD with a two minute sample of their work, this is optional.
  12. Teams must submit a short film of their Presentation Pitch by email, DVD or USB.
  13. 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.
  14. 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. 
  15. The finalists will be announced and notified in April 2018.
  16. 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.
  17. The personal details of entrants will be used solely for the distribution of prizes. Once the winner has been selected, all personal details submitted by entrants will be treated with confidence.
  18. 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 2018.
  19. 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.
  20. Prize winners will receive their trophies on the day of the National Final.
  21. Prize winners and teachers may be asked to participate in publicity (photographs, interviews, quotations etc.), in which case consent forms will be made available.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.