Little Inventors

If you lived in Haringey, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Islington, Camden, Enfield or Barnet this challenge was for you!  We let you get inspired by the innovative spirit of the adventurers and aeronauts of yesteryear, and by Alexandra Palace itself.

One ingenious idea was made into a real object and exhibited at Alexandra Palace, and the winning ideas were announced on World Inventors Day on 9th of November 2019, and the overall winner took their whole class to Go Ape!!

Terms and conditions

If you are the parent or guardian of a child who wishes to enter this competition, please read these terms and conditions on behalf of your child before they enter. Each entrant who is a child must have the consent of their parent or guardian to enter and, by giving your consent, you (the parent or guardian) agrees that the below terms and conditions apply to each entry submitted by your child.

Each entrant is deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions upon entry. Alexandra Palace reserves the right to refuse entry, or refuse to award any prize, to anyone in breach of these terms and conditions. The competition is free to enter.


The promoters of this competition are: o Little Inventors Worldwide Limited (registration no. 10344685) (the “Little Inventors”). Correspondence address: 26 Granville Court Newcastle UponTyne NE2 1QT o Alexandra Palace Trading Limited (registration no. 03819988.) (“AP”). Correspondence address: Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY.


The competition is open to children of all ages based in the boroughs of Haringey, Hackney, Waltham Forest, Islington, Camden, Barnet, and Enfield, provided that the entrant has permission from their parent or guardian to enter, (except employees of Little Inventors or AP, their families, agents or any third party directly associated with administration of the prize draw). Entrants may be asked to provide proof of permission from their parent or guardian to enter this competition. If such proof cannot be provided then unfortunately the relevant entry may be disqualified. Children outside of the named boroughs are welcome to submit their invention ideas, but won’t qualify for the prizes.

The competition will run from 1 December 2018 (the "Opening Date") to 3 September 2019 (the "Closing Date") inclusive. All competition entries must be received by no later than the Closing Date. All entries received after 23.59pm on the Closing Date regrettably cannot be accepted. HOW TO ENTER To enter: (i) download the Alexandra Palace Let your imagination fly challenge presentation available on Little Inventors’ website ( Each entrant may submit up to a maximum of 5 entries but no entrant can win more than one prize. Neither Little Inventors nor AP accept any responsibility for entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or which fail to reach Little Inventors by the close of the competition for any reason (including, without limitation, technical issues). Copies of each entry submitted will not be returned.


In relation to each entry submitted by them, the entrant confirms that: o the entry is completely their own original work and does not copy or include any third party’s work o there are no conflicting agreements in place that restrict use of any images or other works included in each entry submitted by them o they grant each of Little Inventors and AP a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide licence for the full term of copyright, to use, alter, adapt, publish, distribute, display and sublicense rights in the works contained in each entry submitted by them; and o they waive all moral rights in and to each entry.

Each entry may be displayed on the Little Inventors and/or AP websites (at the discretion of Little Inventors and AP respectively) and/or on social media and any other electronic media and/or at launch event(s) for the AP Let your imagination fly Challenge.

Bulk entries made from trade, consumer groups or third parties will not be accepted. Incomplete or illegible entries, entries by macros or other automated means (including systems which can be programmed to enter), and entries which do not satisfy the requirements of these terms and conditions in full will be disqualified and will not be counted. If it becomes apparent that an entrant is using a computer(s) to circumvent this condition by, for example, the use of ‘script’, ‘brute force’, masking their identity by manipulating IP addresses, using identities other than their own or any other automated means in order to increase that entrant’s entries into the competition in a way that is not consistent with the spirit of the competition, that entrant’s entries will be disqualified and any prize award will be void.


Little Inventors will share all entries with AP. Little Inventors and AP will be judging the competition together. The winning entries will be those that the judges consider to be the most inventive, creative and original. The decision of Little Inventors and AP is final and no correspondence will be entered into about it.


There will be at least one winning invention drawing selected for making. There will also be five runner-up invention drawings. Judging of entries will occur after the Closing Date and the Winner will be determined by 15Th October 2019.

PRIZES i. One (1) ingenious invention will be made real by professional makers, designers and artists ii. The winner will win a trip to Go Ape for their whole class iii. The winner will also win a dedicated copy of the Little Inventors Handbook iv. The selected invention idea that is made real will be exhibited at Alexandra Palace (dates TBC) and the shortlisted ideas will be announced on World Inventors Day on 9th November 2019.

The prize for five Runners Up will be: i. A dedicated copy of the Little Inventors Handbook.

The final selection criteria is subject to any required release/consent forms being signed by the entrant and their parent/guardian if applicable.

The Winners will be notified by email (using details provided with the Winner’s entry) on or before 30 September 2019. Names of the Winner and Runners Up will also be posted on the Little Inventors website and each entrant consents to such publication by entering the competition. All prizes are non-exchangeable, non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. No purchase necessary. Transport to AP is not included in the prize.

Little Inventors and AP reserve the right to replace the prize with an alternative prize of equivalent or higher value if circumstances beyond their individual control makes it necessary to do so.


The Winners may be requested to participate in publicity related to the competition which may include the publication of their name, age and invention ideas in any media. Entrants shall seek permission from a parent or guardian prior to any publication of such entrants details.

By entering this competition, each entrant agrees that any personal information provided with an entry may be held and used by Little Inventors (the data controller), and passed on to AP or its agents and suppliers to be used, solely to administer the competition. Data collected by Little Inventors in relation to an entrants use of the Little Inventors’ website will be held and used in accordance with Little Inventors’ privacy policy (please see the terms and conditions link on the Little Inventors website).

By entering this competition, each entrant agrees that personal details may be used by AP to process entries and used according to AP privacy policy: Your personal data will be treated in confidence and will not be disclosed to any third parties for their marketing purposes without your prior consent.


The Promoters have organised this prize draw in good faith but cannot accept any liability relating to the prize draw or the prize offered. The Promoters reserve the right to hold void, cancel, suspend, or amend the competition where it becomes necessary to do so. The Promoters reserve the right to verify the eligibility of entrants. The Promoters may require such information as it considers reasonably necessary for this purpose and a prize may be withheld unless and until the Promoter is satisfied with the verification. The Promoters reserve the right at their sole discretion to eliminate or disqualify any entries or entrants that it regards as being in breach of these conditions or the spirit of the Promotion. The Promoters accept no responsibility for system errors or other issues that may result in disruption to lost or delayed winner notifications. Insofar as is permitted by law, Little Inventors and AP, their agents or distributors will not in any circumstances be responsible or liable to compensate the winner or accept any liability for any loss, damage, injury or disappointment occurring as a result of entering the competition or accepting a prize. Nothing shall exclude the Promoters’ liability for death or personal injury as a result of its negligence. The competition will be governed by English law and entrants to the competition submit to the jurisdiction of the English courts.