earth.jpgThe Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers are running a game creation competition with some fancy prizes. Create a game which shows how real-world events affect the Earth and impact the population and you could bag yourself $20,000.

Sponsored by the likes of the DigiPen Institute of Technology, the 'Save Earth Game' competition has two different tiers to enter into. The first way to win is to simply 'suggest an idea for a computer game to show how using earth observations can make the world a better place'. No coding is necessary and the winner will grab them a cash prize plus the chance to attend a computer game workshop at DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, Washington. The entry deadline is April 10, 2009, so if you are thinking of entering, you'd better get your skates on!

The second contest is the playable game design contest. Available to both individuals and teams, you must 'create a game for players to use Earth Observations of our environment for solving issues of the world around us'. You need to get your proposals for ideas in by June of this year, and those who qualify have from August 2009 to August 2010 to create and submit their game. The winner will receive a whopping $20,000, plus an expense-paid trip to the GEO 2010 Summit.

For more information on the competition, head over to the SaveEarthGame site where you'll find rules for the contest and the like.