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World Standards Day 2018 CONTEST: What’s your crazy idea?!

World Standards Day 2018

CONTEST: What’s your crazy idea?!

Calling all creatives! Take part in the World Standards Day 2018 design competition!

If you had the latest most innovative technology at your disposal, what problem would you solve? And how can International Standards help you?

Draw, animate, sketch or design your crazy idea, and you could win up to 1500 CHF!

Anyone from any country can participate! Submit your application by 30 July.

What is this contest about?

A competition to celebrate World Standards Day. This year the theme is “International Standards and the Fourth Industrial Revolution”, which refers to the new technologies that are transforming how society makes and does things. These technologies are blurring the boundaries between the digital and the real world. Examples include artificial intelligence, 3D printing (additive manufacturing), the internet of things, etc.

How do I participate?

  1. Think of a problem happening in your city/town/country that you could solve if you had access to the latest technologies: artificial intelligence, smart manufacturing, internet of things, 3D printing, virtual reality, etc. Dream big! Don’t be afraid to imagine how this technology could evolve in the future.
  2. But also think of what could go wrong! What challenges, safety or practical concerns will you face when putting this solution in place?
  3. Propose international standards (real or imagined) that could help solve some of these problems (just say what kind of standard it would be, for example, an information security standard, and what it does, for example, gives guidance for encrypting information).
  4. An example of what your submission could look like.

    Draw / animate your idea showing: problem +solution + how international standards help. Anything from stick figures, to drawings, to digitally rendered design, or even a 30 second animation!

  5. Submit your artwork by uploading an IMAGE/VIDEO file via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Youtube with the hashtag #mycrazyidea
  6. Make sure to comply with all the rules here (coming soon).

Deadline for submissions: 30 July 2018 

Prices

1st place: 1500 Swiss francs

2nd, 3rd and 4th places: 500 Swiss francs

Don’t know where to start?

To make things easier we have created 3 optional scenarios that can guide your story telling.

Option 1: artificial intelligence

Imagine that robotic and AI technology is very advanced. How could you use robots to solve a problem in your community? How could International Standards help reduce risks associated with using this technology? Or how can they make it work better?

Option 2: connected world

Imagine that it’s possible to connect almost any object to the Internet of things (for example your fridge could connect to your TV or your smartphone, your car, etc.). How can you use this technology for good in your community? What are the dangers, and how can International Standards help?

Option 3: just print it

In the future we may be able to “3D print” anything we want, easily and cheaply. How could this solve a problem in your community? How can international standards help reduce any risks and make this technology easier to use?

Or…

Pick your favorite technology! Just make sure it’s something really innovative, and a little bit crazy (drones, mind-operating technology, wearables, biotechnology, telecommunications, electric vehicles, etc.) But don’t forget to tell us how International Standards can help make your idea work well.

How do we pick a winner?

IEC, ISO and ITU will make a shortlist of our favorite stories and designs using the following criteria:  

  • Does the story provide a clear example of how an advanced technology (artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3D printing, quantum computing, nanotechnology, etc.) can solve a problem in a town, village, city or country?
  • Is the name of the town and/or country clearly stated?
  • Does the story show how International Standards help the solution/technology to work smoothly? (for example, by solving safety concerns, connectivity issues, security, compatibility, etc.)
  • Is the story told graphically? Any text should be in English.
  • Are all the requirements and rules met?

We like imagination, creativity and originality. Feel free to imagine what technology can do or will do in the future, rather than just what it can do now. This is meant to be a fun contest, not a scientific study!

Stuck?

Need help understanding how International Standards can help you? Here are just some of their benefits: