May 1 deadline to judge Imagine Tomorrow competition

imagine-tomorrow-alaska-logoPULLMAN, Wash. – The 2016 Alaska Airlines’ Imagine Tomorrow alternative energy competition at Washington State University Pullman is seeking industry leaders, policy makers, faculty and others to serve as judges to evaluate the work of 9th- through 12th-graders. The deadline to register as a judge for the May 20-22 contest is May 1.

Judges are offered free lodging in a WSU residence hall. Scheduled social events include golf at the Palouse Ridge Golf Course and a gathering at Banyan’s on the Ridge restaurant. For more information, including links to schedule and lodging details, see or contact WSU conference manager Dana Colwell at

Imagine Tomorrow ( combines science, behavioral and business issues: Teenagers research energy-related topics, then develop plans to apply their ideas. Up to $100,000 in cash prizes will be given out, thanks to contest sponsors. The keynote speaker is Jim Hanna, director for datacenter sustainability at Microsoft.

Each judge evaluates presentations on a pair of attributes: Design, technology or behavior and the topical areas of aerospace, biofuels, the built environment or the food/energy/water nexus.

Judges assign points based on the five criteria of objective, creativity, inquiry, thoroughness and presentation. Additional specialty awards are considered in such areas as exceptional teamwork or community or global impact.

Along with Alaska Airlines, other competition sponsors include Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, Boeing Company, BP America, Tacoma Public Utilities and McKinstry.


Dana Colwell, WSU conference management, 360-890-4440,