Official Rules

All 2021 entries are now closed.

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OurEcho Challenge submission entries open February 17, 2021. All entries must be submitted by April 22, 2021, 11:59 PM Eastern.

The OurEcho Challenge is offered only within the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. Middle school-aged students (attend school in Grade 5 through Grade 9 during the Entry Period or be Grade 5 through Grade 9 equivalent age (ages 10 - 15) as determined by Administrator in their sole discretion for students who are not in a traditionally-graded educational environment) are encouraged to work in teams of 1-3.

Given the age of students, an adult (21+) MUST submit each entry online on behalf of the teams they are mentoring. Mentors can be traditional educators, parents, and/or adult facilitators of more informal learning environments.

All students will require a permission form signed by their legal guardian to be uploaded with their entry.

Any former member of an OurEcho Challenge Finalist Team must not re-use their prior OurEcho Challenge finalist entry materials to enter the OurEcho Challenge.

In order to ensure that teams are meeting the basic requirements for a qualifying entry, we encourage you to use the Project Planning Worksheet, Challenge Checklist & Winning Tips and review the Official Rules prior to submitting your OurEcho Challenge entry.

10 finalist teams will be chosen and notified by May 7, 2021.

The 10 finalist teams will have from May 7 - June 4, 2021 to draft a final presentation that may include a prototype of their proposed solution. The presentation will also include a budget and timeline for completion. Samples and templates to assist in creating the final presentation, budget, and timeline will be provided for all finalist teams once they are announced.

Each team must create and submit a recording of their final presentation, including any supplemental materials, no later than June 4, 2021. Finalist teams will meet virtually with an expert panel of judges on June 10, 2021 for a question and answer session about their entry based on your recorded presentation.

All team members and mentors must be available to virtually join the Final Event on June 11, 2021, where the winners will be announced to a LIVE virtual audience by EarthEcho founder, Philippe Cousteau. The top three teams will receive $1,000 for third place, $2,000 for second place, and $5,000 for the Grand Prize!

EarthEcho International reserves the right in its sole discretion to further modify the timing of the OurEcho Challenge and/or the format/timing of the Finalist Event. If such changes are deemed prudent, the new timing and/or format will be noted in the Official Rules and on this website.

Download the OurEcho Challenge Official Rules