About

Coolest Projects USA is a world-leading showcase for young innovators who make stuff with technology. If you’re under 18, and making something with technology for fun, to solve a problem, or as a creative outlet, then we want you to come out and share your projects with us! Coolest Projects is excited to be returning to the Discovery Cube Museum Orange County in Santa Ana, California on the Saturday, March 23, 2019.

Key Dates:

  • January 7, 2019: Project Registration Opens
  • January 7, 2019: Travel Stipend Applications Open
  • January 7, 2019:  General Admission Tickets made available
  • February 15, 2019:  Deadline for Project Registration and Travel Stipends
  • March 23, 2019: Coolest Projects USA!

Apply

Coolest Projects USA is open to all young people 18 and under. Register your project to participate in the showcase in Southern California together with hundreds of other young tech creators from around the country. All projects are welcome, in any programming language or using whatever hardware you have to hand, and whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned expert. You can work as an individual or as part of a team of up to five.

Coolest Projects events are open to all levels of ability; the focus is on creativity, participation, and most of all on having fun! Entries can win awards in different categories, from games and mobile apps to visual programming. You can read about the categories here.

The project registration form is simple, and you should complete it with the adult accompanying you to the event. Successful applicants will be notified in February 2019.


Attend

Attend Coolest Projects USA to see young people from all over America exhibit their designs and inventions. Coolest Projects USA is free to attend for the general public, giving more people the opportunity to become inspired to create with technology. Be sure to get your tickets on Eventbrite today — supplies are limited.


Travel Stipends

Our goal is to have projects from all over North America at the showcase. Thanks to the amazing support of our sponsors, we’re offering travel stipends to help you offset the costs associated with travel to the event. In order to be eligible for a travel stipend, you must be present and showcasing a project at Coolest Projects USA on March 23, 2019. The stipend application is open until 11:59pm PT on February 15, 2019 — apply now!


Schedule

Workshops, speaker series, showcases and awards will all be scheduled throughout the day with lots of fun activities for young attendees to engage with. A full schedule of activities on the day will be updated closer to the event.



Other Ways to Get Involved

Amplify  

Spread the word about Coolest Projects USA to your network — the project registration form is available for you to share here. We want to make sure that a diverse group of young people has the opportunity to showcase projects, so we appreciate all emails, shares, and retweets, as they help us make sure that everyone knows about Coolest Projects!

Volunteer

Volunteer with the Raspberry Pi Foundation on the day of the event. We need volunteers like you with a wide variety of skills, non-technical or technical! Please email [email protected] and our team will contact you.

Sponsor

Is your organization interested in the opportunity to reach an audience that is passionate about empowering youth in STEM? We have many sponsorship levels for Coolest Projects, so please contact our team for more details.

Donate

Your tax-deductible donation ensures that youth participants can have the experience of a lifetime and that this free event is fun for everyone who attends. Please contact our team for more details.