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Sustainability and Renewable Energy Challenge

We are excited to announce the MathWorks Sustainability and Renewable Energy Challenge! We invite you to submit innovative solutions to environmental challenges related to sustainability and renewable energy. Select a project from our list and submit a solution to be eligible to win up to $1,000 (USD). Showcase your creativity and contribute to a more sustainable future!

How to Participate

  • Choose a project from the Sustainability and Renewable Energy technology trends list on the challenge projects hub.
  • Complete the project sign-up form accessible from the project’s description page. If you already signed up for a project from the list, you can still participate by providing a solution within the submission deadline.
  • Upload your solution into a GitHub repository and share the link to the repository via the project submission form, which is also accessible from the project description page. Check the box indicating you agree with our Terms and Conditions.
  • Submit your solution by January 5, 2024.

Challenge Details

Important Dates

  • Now to January 5, 2024: Register for a project
  • January 5, 2024: Submission deadline
  • January 30, 2024: Winners announced


  • First place – $1,000 (USD)
  • Second place – $500 (USD)
  • Third place – $300 (USD)

Any other working submissions that meet the requirements specified in the project description will be eligible for the standard submission rewards.

Challenge Rules

  • The challenge is open to all students, researchers, and engineers who are at least 18 years old and have an interest in renewable energy.
  • Participants may work individually or in teams. If entering as a team, each team should designate only one representative per entry who will receive the prize should that team win.
  • MathWorks employees are not eligible to participate.
  • Participants are required to submit a solution to one of the projects belonging to the Sustainability and Renewable Energy technology trends list on the challenge projects hub.
  • Solutions must be submitted via a GitHub repository under a 2-clause BSD or MIT license. The license must be included in the repository’s license file along with any relevant attribution and copyright notices. Information regarding the solution and how to use it should be included in the file of the repository, with appropriate hyperlinks.
  • Submissions must be in English and must be received by January 5, 2024.
  • Participation is free.


  • All entries will be judged by MathWorks engineers on a 100-point scale using these criteria:
    • Real-world applicability of the approach adopted (25 points maximum)
    • Novelty (25 points maximum)
    • Quality of the code, models, and documentation (25 points maximum)
    • Depth of the solution (25 points maximum)
  • Participants are also encouraged to submit a YouTube video tutorial about their solution to earn extra points.
  • If two or more solutions receive the same score, the tiebreaker will be decided by the following criteria, in the order given: the difficulty of the project chosen, the quality of instructions provided, and the inclusion of a YouTube video tutorial with the submission.
  • The top three winners will be notified via email and announced on the challenge page(s). Social media posts may also be used to announce the winners.
  • Decisions by the judges will be final.