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Nichia "Next Big Thing" Competition
Jamais Cascio, 8 Sep 05

Okay, fast writers, here's something for you: the Japanese electronics company Nichia (which tries to emphasize environmental responsibility, at least in its press pages) is holding an essay contest:

As we embark on our 50th anniversary, we can't think of a better way to celebrate our history and commitment to the environment than to look toward the future and invite you—our future problem solvers and scientists—to help us discover “The Next Big Thing."

How can electronics contribute to environmental solutions?

We challenge you to answer this question in an original essay of 500 to 1,000 words. A panel of judges, including esteemed Nichia scientists and graduate students from across the country, will choose a winner to receive the $25,000 prize.

Yep, you read that right: a 500-1000 word essay can win $25,000. Here's the thing -- I just found out about this today, and the essay deadline is... September 9. Tomorrow. At one minute before midnight Pacific time. The contest is open to residents of the US, UK and Japan over the local "age of majority."

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OK, Nichia's official rules say the deadline is(was) Sept 9. The actual Nichia webpage where you submit your personal info and essay says:

'Complete the Official Online Entry Form below, and submit your essay. The contest deadline is 11:59 p.m. PT (Pacific Time) on September 16, 2005.'

... which, of course, i only noticed after speed writing a 600 word essay to make the midnight deadline!

Anyway, if you've heard which it is - the 9th or the 16th - please post.

Posted by: myles byrne on 10 Sep 05

The entry page did say the 9th originally; my guess is that they didn't receive many submissions, and extended the deadline by another week.

As you note, the rules page (and some of the other detail pages) still say the 9th, so if you got your piece in under the original deadline, you're set either way.

Posted by: Jamais Cascio on 10 Sep 05

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that the contest has indeed been extended until September 16th, 2005. If you would still like to submit an essay or know someone who did- go right ahead.

Good Luck!

Posted by: NSNBT on 12 Sep 05



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