Digital & Tech Projects & Competitions for schools, teams, adults & individuals!

Challenges range and are listed from young & beginner to expert.  Please follow the links to directly access the events/competitions. Make sure to check the rules, especially age restrictions and the terms of ownership for what you make – and have fun!

Remember there are always competitions running, so search around, bag that swag and show your skills!  Some of the prizes are mouthwateringly brilliant!  Others for sheer glory – but they will all keep you busy and looking pretty impressive!

Want to list your challenge with us?  Get in touch!

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Code Club

Competitions
Check in regularly to see new competitions, opening in autumn annually (age 8+)

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STEM Works

Viking Challenge
NI curriculum using Minecraft to create viking worlds (primary age)

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Mission Moon

First Lego League
Junior robotics challenge by the Institute of Engineering & Tech (age 6 - 9)

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NI Water

Tools for Schools
NI Water innovator competition set annually (currently Water is Life theme)

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Cyber Security Challenge

Cyber Security Challenges
(GCSE age onwards)

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Google Code In

Google Code In
Over 8000 students from over 100 countries have joined the annual task challenges! Ages 13+

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Cipher Challenge

Cipher Challenge
Annual, post primary code breaking challenge run by Southampton Uni

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BEBRAS

BEBRAS International Computational Thinking Challenge
All ages contests & challenges on CT

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Animation Challenge

UK Schools Animation Challenge
Annual competition for UK schools hosted by Manchester University

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NASA Challenges

NASA Competitions
Ongoing list of NASA challenges including digital photography & design - all ages

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Enigma

Edfinity Enigma  
Literally thousands of computational thinking challenges for the sheer joy of being really quite brilliant

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IOI Olympiad

International Olympiad on Informatics
Annual Olympiad - PreReq of National Olympiad to represent your country. Guidance:Ireland / UK

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National Scratch Contest

Annual Irish National Scratch Competition
By the Irish Computer Society Foundation (8- 13)

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CyberFirst Challenge

CyberFirst 
A series of competitions & courses for pupils/students 14+ run by GCHQ

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CyberFirst Girls

The CyberFirst Girls Competition
As previous but for girls. Run by GCHQ annually each February

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BTYST

BT Young Scientist & Technologist of the Year
Winner will join national exhibitions as well as win prizes

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DofE: ST

Duke of Edinburgh Award: Science & Technology
Obtain various levels of these prestigious awards.

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Perse Challenge

The Perse Coding Team Challenge
Year 7 - 10 UK schools challenge during 3 hours of coding

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Grok Code Quest

The Grok Code Quest
Microbit weekly quests & challenges - massive & brilliant (microbits provided) = Grok!

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Oxford Challenge

The TCS Oxford Coding Challenge - yes, that's right, Oxford.  Where children will beat adults!

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MS Imagine Cup

Microsoft Imagine Cup
Students from 16+ design, develop & build apps for this global and well funded award

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Hello Cloud

Microsoft Hello Cloud Challenge
Weekly competitions for pre-Uni students using/learning Azure Cloud tech.

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Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day
UK Safer Internet Center annual competitions including video making/multimedia

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ENTHUSE STEM

STEM Awards for Teachers (!)
ENTHUSE awards for Great teachers across all STEM categories

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Turing Challenge

The Alan Turing Cryptography Competition
Codebreakers get ready for this annual famous contest! (Year 12 entry in NI)

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CDF Coolest Projects

Coder Dojo Coolest Projects Starts at primary age + Exhibited at national conference to celebrate the coolest CDF creations!

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Astro Pi Challenge

Astro Pi
Astro Pi is an annual science and coding competition where student-written code is run on the International Space Station!

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JS 13k Games

JS13kGames
This is an online JavaScript coding competition for HTML5 Game Developers with a file size limit of 13kb.

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Yelp Dataset Challenge

Yelp Dataset Challenge
Challenges students to use Yelp data in innovative ways and break ground in research!

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XD Hax

XDHax Cloud Challenge
Build awesome new apps using the cloud to benefit small businesses around the globe.

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IoT Open Data

IoT Open Data Challenge
For 18+, $20k prizes creating open data Internet of Things solutions.

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NASA Space Apps

Space Apps Challenge
Annual NASA global hackathon, over 48 hours that covers everything, not just apps!

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React Riot JS

React Riot
Annual JS challenge to build anything for glory with a few rules and show off how cleverly you did it!

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Tadhack Global

TADHACK
Annual telecomms hackathon covering everything digital - the largest hackathon globally.

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Stellar Lumens Build

Stellar Challenge
App building challenge which is announced to the Stellar community & paid in Lumens!

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Angular Attack

Angular Attack
The Ultimate 48 hour hackathon to create an app written in Angular.

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Node K.O.

Node Knockout
A 48 hour online team hackathon for the best app using Node.js

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24 Pull Requests

24 Pull Requests
Win respect for sending 24 pull requests on Git community each Christmas - Tis the season!

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ATOS Challenge

ATOS IT Challenge
Create innovative concepts for an application based on Chatbots & AI

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Mercedes Benz

Mercedes Digital Challenge
Innovative new use cases (app or another) using Mercedes car emulator, mock APIs, and SDKs

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100K Showdown

$100,000 Small Business App Showdown 
Apps to be shown on Apps.com, Prerequisites & age limits apply.

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THE Coding Contest.

The Coding Contest
Battle it out with these programmic puzzles facing global opponents!

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Google Hashcode

Google Hash Code Heroes
Team up with industry professional developers in this global Google competition.

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Google Code Jam

Google Code Jam
Solving problems with Google benefits! 13+ but must be over 18 to go to finals :/

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Kickstart Codejam

Google Kickstart Codejams
Aimed more at students than industry with 3 hour code challenge preps for Codejam

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UK / IE Contest

The UKIEPC
The UK / IE Programming Contest annual university challenge - across uni's in the UK & Ireland.  Serious!

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Code Co-Op Challenge

Code Co-Op Challenge
Every month Code Co-Op Meetup create a new challenge from beginners onwards! Get In!

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