IEEE Computer Society Member Essay Contest
In honor of the IEEE Computer Society’s 75th Anniversary, members are challenged to submit a short essay that delves into the impacts technology has had on society. With every passing day, new information is added to the foundation of knowledge, leaving an unforgettable legacy and helping us improve the technologies that shape our future.
In what direction are these technologies leading? What does the future have in store for us?
Submit an essay that addresses either the past, present, or future of technology that demonstrates how technology has or will:
- Change society
- Change civilization
- Improve lives
- Solve problems
- Impact the future
This is an individual competition open to IEEE Computer Society members. Essays will be judged by a committee of IEEE Computer Society volunteers. Winning entries will be published.
Congratulations the IEEE Computer Society 75th Anniversary Essay Contest winner, Martin Greenstein for his submission, “It Is Who We Are.” Read more about Martin and his winning essay!
The IEEE Computer Society thanks its members for their submissions including an honorable mentions to:
- Behrooz Parhami
- Sam Stephen Thompson
Essays will be judged by IEEE Computer Society volunteers.
Prizes and Recognition
Cash prizes are awarded to the top winning entry, which will be published.
First Place Prize – $1,000
Essays must adhere to the word limit – 500 words minimum / 650 words maximum.
By submitting your entry, you agree to our General Terms and Conditions.
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General Terms and Conditions
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING.
Sponsor: The IEEE Computer Society, 10662 Los Vaqueros Circle, Los Alamitos, CA, USA 90720-1314 (“Sponsor”).
Eligibility: Contest is open to residents of the United States of America and other countries, where permitted by local law, who are the age of eighteen (18) and older. Employees of the IEEE Computer Society, its agents, affiliates and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the Contest. Entrants may be subject to rules imposed by their institution or employer relative to their participation in contests and should check with their institution or employer for any relevant policies. Void where prohibited by law.
Agreement to Official Rules: By participating in this contest, entrants agree to abide by the terms and conditions thereof as established by the IEEE Computer Society. The IEEE Computer Society reserves the right to alter any of these Official Rules at any time and for any reason. All decisions made by the IEEE Computer Society concerning the Contest including, but not limited to the cancellation of the Contest, shall be final and at its sole discretion.
Entry Period: This Contest commences on 12 April 2021 and ends 14 May 2021 (“Entry Period”). The IEEE Computer Society’s server is the official clock for the Contest. Entries received before or after the entry period are void.
How To Enter: Submit your essay with your application.
LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON
Only entries submitted in accordance with these Official Rules will be eligible for consideration. No alternate means of entry permitted. All entries become the exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.
Selection of Winner: All selected entries will be judged by a committee of IEEE Computer Society volunteers. Entries will be scored and the entries with the best scores will win. In the event of a tie, the tying entries will divide the prize monies equally.
Prize: The prize(s) for the Contest are being sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society. Prize winner(s) (the “Prize Winner(s)”) shall receive $1,000 for first place (the “Prize”) payable to the student branch chapter. The Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize or prize component of equal or greater value in its sole discretion for any reason at time of award. The IEEE Computer Society shall not be responsible for service obligations or warranty (if any) in relation to the prize(s). Prize may not be transferred prior to award. All other expenses associated with use of the prize, including, but not limited to local, state, or federal taxes on the Prize, are the sole responsibility of the winner. Winner(s) understand that delivery of a prize may be void where prohibited by law and agrees that the IEEE Computer Society shall have no obligation to substitute an alternate prize when so prohibited.
Notification of Potential Prize Winners: The Prize Winners will be notified by e-mail within 14 days of the selection date. If a Prize Winner does not acknowledge acceptance of the Prize within 14 business days after being notified that he or she is a Prize Winner, or if a potential Prize Winner does not return the signed claim forms within the required time, or is otherwise found to be ineligible or not in full compliance with these Official Rules, another Prize Winner will be chosen using the same procedure specified above. Potential Prize Winner may be asked to execute and return to the IEEE Computer Society a declaration of eligibility and liability/publicity release, where lawful, within fourteen (14) days of attempted notification. Winner may waive the right to receive the prize. The decisions of the IEEE Computer Society are final and binding in all respects.
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The IEEE Computer Society assumes no responsibility for computer system, hardware, software or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human or technical in nature, or for damaged, lost, late, illegible or misdirected entries; technical, hardware, software, electronic or telephone failures of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections; fraudulent, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions whether caused by the IEEE Computer Society, the users, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Contest; or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions or downloading, that may limit, delay or prevent an entrant’s ability to participate in the Contest.
The IEEE Computer Society reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this contest and award a prize from entries received up to the time of termination or suspension should virus, bugs or other causes beyond the IEEE Computer Society’s control, unauthorized human intervention, malfunction, computer problems, phone line or network hardware or software malfunction, which, in the sole opinion of the IEEE Computer Society, corrupt, compromise or materially affect the administration, fairness, security or proper play of the contest or proper submission of entries. The IEEE Computer Society is not liable for any loss, injury or damage caused, whether directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from downloading data or otherwise participating in this Contest. Right to Use Entries: By entering the Contest, entrants grant the IEEE Computer Society a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide right and license to reproduce, publish, display, edit and otherwise use the submitted Entries, and entrant’s full name and city and state/province/country of residence, photograph, likeness, voice and institutional affiliation, in print or any offline or online and other media for purposes of editorials, exhibition, advertising, publicity and promotion without additional compensation or permission, unless prohibited by law.
Representations and Warranties Regarding Entries: By submitting an Entry, you represent and warrant that your Entry does not and shall not comprise, contain, or describe, as determined in the IEEE Computer Society’s sole discretion: (A) false statements or any misrepresentations of your affiliation with a person or entity; (B) personally identifying information about you or any other person; (C) statements or other content that is false, deceptive, misleading, scandalous, indecent, obscene, unlawful, defamatory, libelous, fraudulent, tortious, threatening, harassing, hateful, degrading, intimidating, or racially or ethnically offensive; (D) conduct that could be considered a criminal offense, could give rise to criminal or civil liability, or could violate any law; (E) any advertising, promotion or other solicitation, or any third party brand name or trademark; or (F) any virus, worm, Trojan horse, or other harmful code or component. By submitting an Entry, you represent and warrant that you own the full rights to the Entry and have obtained any and all necessary consents, permissions, approvals and licenses to submit the Entry and comply with all of these Official Rules, and that the submitted Entry is your sole original work, has not been previously published, released or distributed, and does not infringe any third-party rights or violate any laws or regulations.
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Contest Results and Official Rules: To obtain the identity of the Prize Winner and/or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Michelle Tubb, The IEEE Computer Society, 10662 Los Vaqueros Circle, Los Alamitos, CA, USA 90720-1314.