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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

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, 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 or call 704.369.7312 ext. 219 for more information.




76 Responses to “Win a Laptop in Our Essay Contest!”

  1. 8R!@N says:

    Where and when will we find out who won?

  2. mdrummond says:

    We will post the winners this week. Please stay tuned.

  3. kaitlyn says:

    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

  4. mdrummond says:

    Because I haven’t gotten around to posting them yet.
    I’m doing that now.

  5. says:

    have the winners been posted already? if so, where?

  6. mdrummond says:

    We’ve named the winners and posted them on the site, the top of the home page, as a matter of fact.
    We’ll be posting their essays today.

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  9. hp g60-530us says:

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  10. PeopleString says:

    In the early 2000s, desktops were more powerful, easier to upgrade, and much cheaper in comparison with laptops. But in the last few years, the advantages have drastically changed or shrunk since the performance of laptops has markedly increased. In the second half of 2008, laptops have finally outsold desktops for the first time ever.

  11. I’ve been researching laptops for a couple of months now and I thought that I’d located the right one just before my birthday; but was wondering on your thoughts on the best high end gaming machines?

  12. mdrummond says:

    To go … that’s where I go to find reviews on consumer technology products.

  13. Hey. I like your blog. I found it on Google. I will come back and read some more. I’ll be back soon.

  14. Jenny says:

    Hey is this an annually contest? Will there be another one in August, 2010?

  15. mdrummond says:

    We hold an annual contest. This year it’s focused on U.S. college students. We’re looking for the best alt-energy invention. The announcement’s on our site.

  16. Looking forward to WINNING! haha- no really.. I’ve been doing a lot of research on sustainable design due to my internship as a blogger on professional liability insurance for architects and engineers. I’m particularly interested in off-the-grid housing, and looking forward to sharing it (once I have a patent)!

  17. AALIYAH says:

    we appreciate this blog. i just alerted my pal donny about it because he loves this sort of stuff as well!

  18. Cool contest. I hope the winner had a really cool idea for 2059.

  19. I know off topic but just a question for all you tecky computer people. My husband said buy a an acer computer but thought I would ask around from those who are more familiar than we are. Any suggested are appreciated.. Thank you.

  20. Is there another essay contest this year?

  21. mdrummond says:

    Maryland Private Detective – Nope, no essay contest this year. We have other tricks up our sleeve.

  22. jashley says:

    i will be happy to win a laptop and i wil tell people about the investors sit.

  23. Kiran says:

    I am in India can i still participate in this contest

  24. mdrummond says:

    This contest is long over. And, no, you were not eligible. But thanks for your interest!

  25. anoh says:

    Good contest’s idea! Appearance on the Everyday Edisons is amazing award!!!

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