Best Paper Competition Focuses on Electrotechnology

Top prize is US $20 000

3 February 2012

What would our world be like without MRI machines, cellphones, the Internet, or electrotechnology in general? The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), a publisher of global technical standards, and IEEE are challenging academics to submit papers that answer that question. The theme of the competition is how electrotechnology impacts economic, social, and environmental development.

The IEC-IEEE Challenge is open to academics of all stripes—professors, lecturers, postgraduate students, and research staff. Participants are asked to submit papers on how electrotechnology affects the way people live, work, and play. The idea is to analyze and debate the role played by electrotechnology in nations and regions, including how standards affect development.

A paper can focus on technology’s impact on climate change, public health, the smart grid, waste management, economic growth, laws—any area that affects everyday lives.

To inspire participants, IEEE and IEC have been posting news articles on the competition’s Facebook page about sustainable energy, standards that make electronics safe and efficient, and other technology-related advances that impact our lives.

Among the competition’s judges are 2011 IEEE president Moshe Kam, Jacques Régis, IEC president from 2007 to 2010, and Paul Markillie, the innovation editor of The Economist. Submissions, which should be written for a general audience, will be judged on their analysis of the topic, originality, depth of research, and readability.

The winner receives US $20 000, $15 000 goes to the runner-up, and the third-place finisher gets $5000. Authors of the top three papers also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the awards ceremony in October in Oslo. The three prize-winning essays will also be published online and in a commemorative publication to be made available to all IEEE and IEC members.

Participants must register online for the contest by 1 March and submit their paper, including an abstract, by 1 July. Papers may not exceed 4000 words, not including an abstract, notes, infographics, and bibliography.

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