Win a Laptop in Our Essay Contest!

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In honor of National Inventors Month in August, Inventors Digest magazine and partners are sponsoring the 2059 Essay Contest for middle school and high school students.

Your assignment: What will the world look like in 2059?

In 1959, the internal pacemaker, the microchip, the Barbie doll and pantyhose were invented. Each was significant in its own right. But that was so 50 years ago.

Show us in 500 words or less what technology, tool, product or service will shape our lives in 2059 and why. The Grand Prize includes:

-A laptop computer

-Your essay published in Inventors Digest

-A year’s subscription to the magazine

-Possible appearance on the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Everyday Edisons

-A killer T-shirt

-Brain-teaser games

Eligibility: All middle school and high school students ages 12-17 in the United States. Grand prizes will be awarded for best middle school and high school entries. North Carolina and South Carolina entrants also are eligible for the regional Grand Prize, an iPod, courtesy of charlotteobserver.com

Entry rules: Download official entry and all permission forms below. All essays must be original work of the student. Only 1 (ONE) entry per student. Submit essays and forms to Inventors Digest, info@inventorsdigest.com with Essay Contest in the subject line or mail to Inventors Digest, Essay Contest, 520 Elliot St., Ste. 200, Charlotte, NC 28202 or fax to 704.333.5115. Include your birth date, school, address and phone number.

Criteria: Entries will be judged on clarity and vision of how we will use new technology or products in the year 2059. Winning essays will demonstrate imagination rooted in science and engineering principles. In other words, the best essays will show what’s possible as well as practical.

Deadlines: Submit essays by Sept. 30, 2009. All entries must be postmarked by Sept. 30, 2009.

Winners will be notified on or by Nov. 26, 2009.

Contact us at info@inventorsdigest.com or call 704.369.7312 ext. 219 for more information.

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66 thoughts on “Win a Laptop in Our Essay Contest!

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  3. Geneva Durand

    Dear Inventors Digest,

    I am a resident of South Carolina and have an address there, however, I am temporarily living in South America. Do I qualify to enter the contest? I certainly hope so!

    Please let me know.

    Thanks,
    Geneva Durand

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  5. mdrummond

    Geneva,

    If you’re between 12-17 years of age and are, indeed, a resident of South Carolina, you’re not only eligible for our national contest and a shot at winning a laptop and other goodies, but also for our supra-regional Carolinas essay contest (in conjunction with the Charlotte Observer) and a shot at winning an iPod (or iTouch, can’t remember what exactly the Observer is offering).

    I hope you’re eligible and, if so, we look forward to receiving your essay!

    Mike Drummond, editor
    Inventors Digest magazine

  6. Devin White

    Geneva and any other youth interested in signing up for the contest, check out the Edison Jr. Blog, written by myself, lots of helpful insight on the innovation world!!

  7. Heyde, Nathanael

    A waste collector in the form of a mini robot in our bodies will imcrease our lifespan. We will be thankfull in spending much time in building up the new religion.

    Nathanael.

  8. Chris Speciale

    Before I begin writing…does the “Technology” have to be electronic? (robotic/industrial/computers/etc.)

    Chris Speciale

  9. mdrummond

    What kind of laptop is it?
    A new one.
    A brand new free laptop. … not a Mac, if that’s what you’re getting at.

  10. Chris Speciale

    Ooh! its me again! (sorry).
    can it be co-authored? I know thats probrably a stupid question to ask but can it?

  11. mdrummond

    According to the rules, each essay must be the work of a student … a singular student. Essays can’t be co-authored.

  12. paul shircliff

    school starts August 26…
    how about an end of September deadline
    Don’t you have the technology for electronic submission??

  13. mdrummond

    If you are a U.S. citizen and are a student age 12 through 17, then yes, you may enter the competition. We will be celebrating international inventors in April 2010.

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  15. wendy

    If I have an idea for this essay contest that I just came up with, but I’m not sure if there’s already a patent for something similar, should I still submit my essay?

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  17. Luis Garcia

    HEY I’M 18 TURNING 19 [9/1990 ] YRS OLD BUT STILL FINISHING HIGH SCHOOL CAN I STILL APPLY ? ??? IN FACT A 12 YEAR OLD IS WAY TOO YOUNG AND DO NOT THINK OF THEIR EDUCATION TOO MUCH AS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS EDUCATION IS EVERYTHING AND A LAPTOP WOULD BE AWESOME TO TAKE TO COLLEGE YOU GET WHAT I MEAN ? ??

  18. Hannah Miller

    I have two different ideas. Since I am not able to submit more than one essay, may I combine my ideas into one essay?
    Hannah

  19. Josiah Park

    Can this invention make use of today’s technology or does it rather have to use use tech that is expected to be of use in 2059?

  20. Adriana

    Currently I am 17 years old but I will soon turn 18, a few weeks before the Sept. 30 deadline will I still be eligible to apply?

  21. mdrummond

    As long as you make a compelling case that the tech, tool, product or service in question will shape our lives in 2059, you can write about almost anything you want.

  22. Almond

    Its me again (sorry)
    My essay is two different fonts because i changed the font on the year 2059 can i keep it or should i change it before submitting my essay?

  23. mdrummond

    I’m going to let you make that executive decision. Go with what you believe would best improve your chances of winning.

  24. SamT

    Alright, so i have Microsoft 2000 and can’t download the 2003 viewer to see the documents…. what can I do?

  25. Megan

    Hi, I would like to apply, but I just had turned 18 in August and a senior in highschoool, would i still be allowed to enter?

  26. Nicole

    I know that the deadline has already passed because I already turned in my essay via email, but I do have some questions; Do you happen to know when Inventors Digest will choose a winner? If so, what will be your first way of contacting the winner? If you don’t win will you find out or will we have to continusly check to see if you win or lose. Thank you for your time.

  27. mdrummond

    We will notify the winners by Oct. 28, 2009. We will post an announcement on the site by that date. Due to the large number of entries, we are unable send personal notifications.

  28. Aanchal Dahiya

    Did the people who sent their essays received back a mail saying we’ve received your essays? or nothing?

  29. mdrummond

    Due to the volume of entries we received, we’re unable to personally respond to each entrant confirming receipt.

  30. kaitlyn

    why havent they ben posted yet. will we see who won first second and third and who won honerall mention. Will you have another contest

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