iDEA: The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Award

What is iDEA?

The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Awards (iDEA) is a programme aiming to help address the digital skills gap. 

iDEA is a programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free. Through our series of online challenges and events, you can win career and life enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain industry recognised awards that help you stand out from the crowd. iDEA is about lifelong learning, for anyone who wants to develop their skills. Our learners include school pupils, apprentices, business leaders, pensioners, students and community groups.


Who can take part in iDEA?

Everyone. This programme was launched to Year 9 students in assembly, however it is open for students of all ages to take part in. Adults are also able to join in if they wish. 

It is completely FREE.

You can work on your own, in small groups or with your class. 

How do I take part?

Visit the website: and click sign up. Please add your full name where it says 'nickname' and ensure you select the correct age group. You will need an e-mail address (you can see the IT Technician to activate your school e-mail if you do not have one).

Once you have an account set up you can go to the top right hand icon where your name is displayed, hover over it and click  'edit profile'. Where it says 'Organisation Code' add the code for your year group:

Year 7


Year 8


Year 9


Year 10


Year 11


Now you are ready to start. Select badges in either Citizen, Worker, Maker or Entrepreneur and click 'start badge' follow the on screen instructions. Once you have completed a badge you will get points. After you have finished bronze, silver and gold you will receive a certificate.

Find out how to redeem your free participation badge here

Useful Information

iDEA Booklet 2018

iDEA Digital Badge Showcase