AWS DeepRacer Student

Learn, practice, and compete to apply machine learning (ML) skills in an autonomous AI/ML racing league for a chance to win prizes and scholarships

AWS DeepRacer Student

The 2022 season starts now

AWS DeepRacer Student unlocks the time, complexity, and costs needed to start learning and applying ML for students by leveraging the award-winning AWS DeepRacer.

AWS DeepRacer Student, presented by Intel, lets high school and college-enrolled students around the globe develop their ML skills in a fun, hands-on autonomous racing league. With AWS DeepRacer Student, any student age 16 or older, can leverage 20 hours of ML educational material and 10 hours of monthly model training compute resources to up-level ML skills. Put your new found skills to the test in monthly competitions for your chance to win prizes such as scholarships, devices, and experiences by becoming one of the top racers in global competitions taking place each month.

Benefits

A fun and free way to learn ML

Jumpstart your AI/ML education with access to 20 hours of foundational learning material designed by ML experts at AWS—for free. You don't need an AWS account to use AWS DeepRacer Student. Your AWS DeepRacer Student account is separate from an AWS account and doesn’t require a credit card.

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Leverage community and train

Join students from around the globe to showcase your skills and train your car in a virtual autonomous racing league. Students can connect with the DeepRacer community to collaborate and share. Join us now on Discord » 

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Participate to earn prizes

Take your skills to the track and compete monthly from March through September in the 2022 student league to win prizes. Students who are underserved or underrepresented in tech can qualify to earn an Udacity nanodegree scholarship through the AWS AI & ML Scholarship Program.

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Ways you can win

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Race Monthly in Virtual Competitions

Students can compete monthly to win prizes such as AWS DeepRacer devices and funds applied towards postsecondary tuition. At the end of each month, the top 2 racers on the leaderboard will advance to the AWS DeepRacer Student League Finale. 

1st Place - $1,000 USD towards tuition
2nd Place - $500 USD towards tuition
1st - 8th Place - AWS DeepRacer Car

 

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Advance to the Student League Finale

Monthly finalists will compete in October during the Student League Finale. The top 3 winners from the Finale will win tuition funds and a trip to the DeepRacer League Championship at AWS re:Invent 2022 in Las Vegas, NV USA. 

1st Place - $5,000 USD towards tuition
2nd Place - $2,500 USD towards tuition
3rd Place - $1,000 USD towards tuition
4th - 6th Place - $500 USD towards tuition

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Apply to the AI & ML Scholarship Program

In addition to DeepRacer Student League prizes, students who are underserved or underrepresented in tech can qualify for the AWS AI & ML Scholarship Program with a chance to earn up to two of 2,500 Udacity nanodegree scholarships ($4,000 USD value).

Getting started

Step 1: Sign up for AWS DeepRacer Student

On your marks

Go to AWS DeepRacer Student and create your account.

Step 2: Track your progress

Get set

If you self-identify as underserved or underrepresented in technology, opt into the AWS AI/ML Scholarship program.

Step 3: Submit your application

Go (hands-on)

Learn, practice, and compete for prizes, scholarships, and glory in the AWS DeepRacer Student League, presented by Intel.

Start racing now

Monthly student races

March
April
May
June
July
August
September
3/1/2022 - 3/31/2022
4/1/2022 - 4/30/2022
5/1/2022 - 5/31/2022
6/1/2022 - 6/30/2022
7/1/2022 - 7/31/2022
8/1/2022 - 8/31/2022
9/1/2022 - 9/30/2022
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October student league finale

DeepRacer Student League finalists will compete LIVE on the AWS Twitch channel in October for the Student League Finale. Top 3 finalists will win a trip to AWS re:Invent 2022 in Las Vegas, NV USA for the DeepRacer League Championship. See who is on top of the leaderboard this month.

Go for a test run

Test out AWS DeepRacer with this quick interactive tutorial and see if you can customize a machine learning model to beat the autonomous model DeepX in a race, no login required!

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How it works

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Learn

Access 20 hours of foundational AI/ML content developed by AWS experts. Students with no prior ML experience can learn the fundamentals with easy-to-understand, self-paced content to take you from first-time developer to the top of the AWS DeepRacer leaderboard.

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Practice

For the first time, AWS DeepRacer is available for free to students, providing 10 hours of monthly training and 5 GB of model storage. Students can train a RL model in a simulated 3D racing environment using the AWS DeepRacer service. The 10 free training hours per month are applied to the environment exploration time the model spends optimizing performance around the virtual track, using a reward function that students develop. As your RL model learns it will get better track times, and you’ll improve your lap times in the AWS DeepRacer Student League.

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Compete

Once you’ve trained an RL model in the virtual 3D simulation environment, submit your model to the monthly student league races. Train and improve your model and submit your time to climb the leaderboard. One unique aspect of the AWS DeepRacer Student League is that all users are limited to the same 10 hours of monthly service usage, and only AWS DeepRacer–trained models can participate. This ensures that all students have access to the same model training resources, and must strategically use their monthly allotment to top the leaderboard.

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AI & ML Scholarship program

Students who are underserved or underrepresented in tech can take advantage of Udacity Nanodegree scholarships, mentorship, and career development opportunities by opting into the AWS AI & ML Scholarship program on AWS DeepRacer Student. Participating students can earn up to two of 2,500 scholarships awarded annually to assist them in pursuing a career in AI & ML. Students qualify to apply for the AWS AI & ML Scholarship program by completing learning modules and quizzes on AWS DeepRacer Student and then applying their skills by going hands-on to participate in the league.

Frequently asked questions

  • General program information

    Q: When does the AWS DeepRacer Student League begin?

    The AWS DeepRacer Student League pre-season launched on December 1, 2021. During the pre-season, students got early access to 20 hours of free artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) foundational education content, and access to AWS DeepRacer Student. The official AWS DeepRacer Student League season kicked off on March 1, 2022 with competitions running monthly within AWS DeepRacer Student until September 30, 2022. The top participants in each monthly race will qualify for the Global AWS DeepRacer Student League Championships in October, 2022.

    Q: Where can I find the official AWS DeepRacer Student League rules?

    For full details, please read the AWS DeepRacer Student League Official Rules

    Q: What important program dates should I be aware of?

    Event Name Start Date End Date
    DeepRacer Student League 3/1/2022 9/30/2022
    DeepRacer Student League Finale 10/1/2022 10/31/2022

    Q: Which geographic regions is AWS DeepRacer available in?

    AWS Customers can access the AWS DeepRacer simulator from the US East (N. Virginia) Region.

    Q: Are there any costs associated with participating in the AWS DeepRacer Student service or the AWS DeepRacer Student League?

    No, the AWS DeepRacer Student is free for students to learn, train, and participate in the AWS DeepRacer Student League.

     

  • Program eligibility

    Q: Who can participate in the AWS DeepRacer Student League?

    Any student over the age of 16 and currently enrolled in high school or undergraduate higher education at an accredited institution globally may apply, subject to terms and conditions.