The IBM EdTech Youth Challenge in Australia provides professional learning opportunities for teachers and applied learning experiences for students in Year 7 to 10.

Explore and design artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to improve our communities and world.
Our Partners
We are proud to be partnering with the Australian Museum for this competition. The Australian Museum (AM), with its long-term research and significant outreach about nature and culture, is well-placed to help students and teachers make a strong contribution to understanding and responding to environmental and health issues. Their work is informed by the AM’s scientists’ work on biodiversity and First Nations approaches to caring for Country.

The AM is raising awareness of the solutions in our hands: from clean energy technologies to biotech, to natural and community-based solutions like regenerating forests and farms, polluting less and growing more.

For more information on the competition plus additional resources, visit the Australian Museum website.

We are also proud to be partnering with Macquarie University during this competition. Macquarie University is an organisation committed to helping people and organisations achieve their fullest potential through learning and development. Through its Academy of Continuing Professional Development in Education at the School of Education, Macquarie University enables teachers to increase their IT and teaching skills.

Macquarie School of Education and IBM Australia have previously collaborated to create the course, Artificial Intelligence (AI) Education for Teachers, available on Coursera.

Potential categories

Environmental Sustainability

Projects to help reduce consumption and degradation of natural resources, and the effects climate change is having on our world.

Health Concerns

Projects that help humanity combat pressing health issues, such as COVID-19, to support healthier lives and better quality of life.

Disaster Resiliency

Projects that help humanity prepare and respond to natural disasters, such as bush fires.

Competition overview

Competition launch & registration

Details of the competition will be announced and registration opens to gain access to online resources.


Project exploration, design, & build

Teachers facilitate student teams to learn about AI and apply their learning to a project.


Submission deadline

Teams submit their final projects for judging in the EdTech Youth Challenge.



Ten (10) teams in each age category will be selected as semi-finalists. The categories are:

- Years 7 and 8
- Years 9 and 10

A first, second and third place will be announced for both categories 7-8 and 9-10.


Awards ceremony

The top six (6) teams will be announced as winners of the competition.


The prize

Winning teams will have an opportunity to build their solution with IBM experts in an online workshop.

For more information on the competition plus additional resources, visit the Australian Museum website.

  1. 02 March 2021Competition launch
  2. March – September, 2021Project exploration, design, & build
  3. 24 September 2021Submission deadline
  4. October, 2021Judging
  5. 04 November 2021Winners announced
  6. November, 2021The prize
Employee participation

Employees from IBM and our partners are eligible to provide, providing technical advisory, design workshop facilitation, and other activities. Please use the link below to register your interest in helping with the Australia EdTech Youth Challenge.

Register to assist in the Australia competition →

Rules & regulations

Rules & regulations →