AI for Good

Idea Challenge

Code for good to build a more sustainable and accessible world.

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// Opens at

Feb 11, 2019

// Closes at

Apr 24, 2019

// About the challenge //

AI for Good is a challenge for developers, students, and data scientists to use AI to tackle some of society’s greatest challenges.
We invite you to submit ideas that use AI to:

  • Advance environmental sustainability. For example:
    • Agriculture: Efficiently monitor the health of farms in real time
    • Biodiversity: Accelerate the discovery, monitoring and protection of biodiversity across our planet
    • Climate change: Give people more accurate climate predictions to help reduce the potential impacts
    • Water: Model Earth's water supply to help us conserve and protect fresh water
  • Empower people with disabilities. For example:
    • Employment: Help people develop professional skills and influence workplace culture and inclusive hiring
    • Daily Life: Use AI for hearing, seeing and reasoning with increased accuracy to help people with everyday tasks
    • Communication and Connection: Create possibilities for all people regardless of how they listen speak or write have equal access to information and opportunities

In addition to the prizes below, this challenge provides the opportunity for you to present your idea to Microsoft and showcase your project on Check out the AI Idea Challenge cheat sheet for ideas on where to start.

Your ideas are judged on the following three parameters:


Originality of Impact


Solutions Feasibility


Complexity to Implement

// The process //

1st Step

Upload your project - Click here and follow the instructions to register and submit your entry.

2nd Step

Idea review - A panel of Microsoft judges will review your submission

3rd Step

Winner announcement - Winners will be announced within 14 days after contest closes

4th Step

Prizes - The top three winners of the Idea Challenge will win great prizes and a chance to present their fully developed idea on Microsoft’s AI Lab website

// Eligibility //

To be eligible, a submission must meet the following content/technical requirements:

  • Your submission must be your own original work; and
  • For video submission, please note the video must be solely your work, including but not limited to, the actual filming, editing, graphic design, etc. of the video.
  • Your submission cannot have been selected as a winner in any other contest; and
  • You must have obtained any and all consents, approvals, or licenses required for you to submit your submission; and
  • To the extent that submission requires the submission of user-generated contest such as software, photos, videos, music, artwork, essays, etc., entrants warrant that their submission is their original work, has not been copied from others without permission or apparent rights, and does not violate the privacy, intellectual property rights, or other rights of any other person or entity. You may include Microsoft trademarks, logos, and designs, for which Microsoft grants you a limited license to use for the sole purposes of submitting a submission into this Contest; and
  • Your submission may NOT contain, as determined by us in our sole and absolute discretion, any content that is obscene or offensive, violent, defamatory, disparaging or illegal, or that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco or a particular political agenda, or that communicates messages that may reflect negatively on the goodwill of Microsoft.

// Winners //

Winners will be notified via the contact information provided during entry no later than May 6, 2019 with the prize claim instructions, including submission deadlines. If a selected winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim a prize, or fails to return any forms, the selected winner will forfeit their prize and an alternate winner will be selected pending timing allows.

Send email to with the subject line “Idea Challenge winners request” within 30 days of May 6, 2019 to receive a list of winners that received a prize worth $25.00 or more.

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1st Place

$10,000 Azure Credits +Surface Book 2 Microsoft 13.5" Surface Book 2 Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook

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2nd Place

$5000 Azure Credits + Nvidia GPU Quadro K6000 PCIe 3.0 x16 interface graphics card - With 12.0GB GDDR5 GPU memory

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3rd Place

$2,500 Azure Credits + XBOX ONE XBOX ONE

1st Place

$10,000 Azure Credits +Surface Book 2 Microsoft 13.5" Surface Book 2 Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Notebook

2nd Place

$5000 Azure Credits + Nvidia GPU Quadro K6000 PCIe 3.0 x16 interface graphics card - With 12.0GB GDDR5 GPU memory

3rd Place

$2,500 Azure Credits + XBOX-One Xbox One

// Project examples //

project 1

Seeing AI

Seeing AI is a free app that narrates the world around you. Designed for the blind and low vision community, this ongoing research project harnesses the power of AI to open up the visual world and describe nearby people, text and objects.
Learn more about this project

Wild Me

Wild Me uses computer vision and deep learning algorithms to power Wildbook, a platform that utilizes technology to scan and identify individual animals and species.
Learn more about this project


Using high-resolution satellite imagery and field data to train machine learning models on Azure, SilviaTerra is transforming how forests are managed
Learn more about this project

Don’t know where to start? Want some more ideas? Check out the AI Idea Challenge cheat sheet.

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