Imagine Cup Earth – Microsoft and NASA student competition $36,000 prize fund


Who can enter?

Students ages 6-18 worldwide are invited to explore this exciting and vital area of scientific research in Imagine Cup Earth, a new coding competition for students. Whether you have never coded before and would like to learn, or if you’re already studying coding and want to take on a new challenge, all skill levels are welcome to dream big, build creatively, and boldly bring your ideas to life.

What's the competition?

Microsoft Imagine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are co-presenting this contest for students around the world. Together, we have created Imagine Cup Earth to inspire the next generation of thinkers, dreamers and future programmers to learn the basics of coding and explore the latest science about our precious home.

What's the prize?

During our 2015-16 Imagine Cup Earth season, a total of 18 winning students will share $36,000 in prizes for their earth-science coding projects. Students who choose our Beginner category can create games, apps and simulations using Microsoft’s free learn-to-code tools, including Kodu Game Lab, Microsoft Touch Develop and Project Spark. More advanced students can create web apps using HTML5/CSS/Javascript, Python, or other web languages of their choice.

How to enter?

Students can get started by visiting our Imagine Cup Earth contest page to learn more about the requirements and read the official rules. Because school schedules vary from country to country around the world, Microsoft Imagine is providing three contest rounds each with their own deadlines and prizes. Students are welcome to compete in any or all of these as is most convenient for them – each round stands alone. All deadlines are given in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

First Round Deadline: 23:59 GMT December 15, 2015

Second Round Deadline: 23:59 GMT March 31, 2016

Third Round Deadline: 23:59 GMT June 15, 2016

Each round will have six prizes:

Beginner Category

Intermediate Category

For the best earth-science themed game, app or simulation using Kodu  Game Lab, Microsoft Touch Develop or Project Spark.

For the best web app exploring an earth-science topic using actual  NASA data and imagery.

1st Prize: $3,000

1st Prize: $3,000

2nd Prize: $2,000

2nd Prize: $2,000

3rd Prize: $1,000

3rd Prize: $1,000

Microsoft Imagine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory look forward to seeing what our global community of students creates.

.Students can get started by visiting our Imagine Cup Earth contest page to learn more about

Comments (1)

  1. guest52884 says:

    Hey, I have submitted my first round project. My question is; when will the first round winners be announced? Thanks for your time…

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