Maker Faire an all-ages festive gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, makers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors who show what they have made and share what they have learned. Maker Faire features innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance and craft. The Faires are held on local, national and international “World Maker Faire” levels around the world. Visit the website to learn more about how to participate; see images and videos from past Faires; and browse through the incredible archives to meet the makers and review their projects.
Construction and Building Technology
Association of General Contractors National Student Competition
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) support building a talented work force through the U.S. National Student Competition. Teams are critiqued on estimating, bidding, planning, scheduling, presentation skills, creativity, understanding of sound construction techniques and thoughtful methodology throughout a two–day simulated construction project. Students present both oral and written presentations to a panel of judges, and first, second and third place awards are given for each division.
Creative Arts and Fashion
The Arts of Fashion Foundation International Fashion Student Competition
The Arts of Fashion Foundation brings together students, professors, industry professionals, and professional designers from around the world. Selected fashion design students showcase their vision in a unique fashion exhibition competing for scholarships and apprenticeship opportunities with prestigious fashion houses in front of a high-caliber panel of creative designers and fashion figures.
Information and Communications Technology
Daniel Sabatier Prize
Are you a student or a young graduate who has an innovating audiovisual project in the works? Compete to win the Daniel Sabatier Prize. The association of audiovisual professionals, MediaClub, has set up the Daniel Sabatier Prize to support the development of projects and to help young people in the industry get a jump start on their career. If you are under 28 and have an innovating and original project made for television, cinema, radio or the Web or even a combination of media platforms, learn more about how to get your work in front of a panel of audiovisual and digital industry professionals. Prizes include project counselling by professionals and/or a free training course.
Presented annually by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award are hailed by the BBC as “The most prestigious award in the world” - the global index of success for interactive work. The 18th Annual Webby Awards drew 12,000 entries from over 60 countries and from all 50 U.S. states, and garnered over 2.1 million ballots cast during online voting for the Webby People's Voice Awards. Learn about look at winners in the categories from website design to mobile apps, social, and interactive advertising; plus learn how to become a Webby Ambassador. Subscribe to the online daily or monthly e-news, and follow the blog.
Manufacturing and Engineering Technology
DARPA Robotics Challenge
The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) has a goal of developing innovative robotics technology for use by robots responding to natural and man-made disasters. The DRC kicked off in 2012 to run 27 months including three planned competition events - one virtual and two live. Track the Challenge by visiting the website. DRC is an outgrowth of the initial DARPA Grand Challenge program which inspired and challenged teams to design, build and operate fully autonomous (self-driving) off-road vehicles. The first team to pass a series of qualification tests and then complete the course in less than the prescribed ten-hour time limit received a $1 million cash prize (increased subsequently to $2 million). Challenges have evolved and continue to spark and engage teams from around the world.
Social and Personal Services
International Emory Global Health Case Competition
The Emory Global Health Institute hosts the Emory Global Health International Competition. The Competition brings multidisciplinary teams together to develop reorganizational strategies for the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure that it meets the emerging health challenges of the 21st century. Currently teams come from Australia, Canada, Sweden, and the United States.
Transportation and Logistics
Shell Eco-marathon challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. With annual events in the Americas, Europe and Asia, the winners are the teams that go the furthest using the least amount of energy. The events spark debate about the future of mobility and inspire young engineers to push the boundaries of fuel efficiency.