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  • Abigail Carroll

YES! Finals

Last week, Discover Economics was proud to support the YES! Finals that took place at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. After two years of going digital during the pandemic, the atmosphere was buzzing as around 130 students from three different countries arrived to show off their creativity and ideas regarding some important current issues.

YES! – the Young Economic Summit – is an opportunity for young people to build networks and develop their ideas about global problems. The students work to design solutions to our international challenges that will support the creation of the world that they want to live in. The motivation for the foundation is to help young people to develop their skills in economics, and to become well-rounded, imaginative and impactful professionals in the future.

Teams from the US, UK and Germany took part in interviews with representatives from YES!, and then 18 rounds of presentations followed, with students delivering amazingly high-quality pitches that demonstrated their professionalism, maturity and innovation. With esteemed speakers from the German economic world, and team-building opportunities to explore Hamburg together, the week was unforgettable for the young people involved. “We have loved taking part and highly recommend it to anyone”, was the glowing review from one student participant.

Students voted for two winners; one for the ‘Best Scientific Analysis Award’, won by St

Raphael Gymnasium from Heidelberg, and the ‘International Award’, which was presented to the team from Sheffield Girls’ Sixth Form for their project 'Migration Education for the Misinformed Nation'. Stephen Coote, an Economics Teacher, praised the competition, saying that “working alongside specialists in their field to develop innovative solutions to problems has been a fantastic learning experience.”

The overall winner of the competition was the excellent team from the Gymnasium Martineum Halberstadt, with their idea for an app that tracks your data sharing and online footprint. One of the YES! Experts, Laura Harvey, Lecturer in Economics and Widening Participation Academic Officer at the University of East Anglia, praised all of the students involved; “the next generation have lots of amazing ideas and differing perspectives about how to tackle global problems”.

Discover Economics was represented at the competition by Campaign Manager

Sam McLoughlin. Sam was excited about the impact the summit will have on the young people; “it provides a platform for them all to have exciting futures.” Overall, the summit was a remarkable achievement by all involved, from the organisers, caterers, school staff, and parent supporters at home, down to the incredibly talented student participants. A huge congratulations to everyone involved.

Photo credit: YES!

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