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The Future of Technology 2017
Essay Competition

Describe your vision for the Future of Technology

23 Days
17 Hours
13 Minutes
53 Seconds

How will technology Impact our future?

We want your ideas!

The purpose of the competition is to feature the voices and ideas of the next generation at the 2017 Future of Technology Summit, at which the boldest minds in technology and leadership will discuss these same issues.


Technology moves at a rapid pace, and young people are the ones who will live the longest with the newest tech advancements being developed today such as artificial intelligence, big data, machine learning, and more. This means it’s more important than ever for teens to be thinking about the opportunities and limits of technology in their everyday lives, now and in the future.

Your Essay Topic: The Future of Technology

Context: As a student and teenager, you use technology every day. Technology has probably changed a lot over the course of your experience and lifetime.
The Writing Prompt: Reflect on how technology touches your life and how rapid advancements might change the way we live, learn, work or connect with others in the future.

You may want to consider:

  • How might technology of the future differ from technology today?
  • How might people or the environment benefit from these technological advancements?
  • Are advancements in technology always good? How might they create new social challenges or problems?

You should base your answers around today’s newest fields of technology such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, etc., or use your imagination to describe completely new technologies you see impacting the future.

Word Limit: Essays must be kept to 600 words or less. Essays above this word count will not be eligible.

How to Enter

Before you enter, your school, including home schools, must register and obtain a participation code. Ask a teacher at your school, or parent if you are at home school, to complete the registration process on this web site. Your school will receive an official school entry code that you will be asked to enter when you submit your essay. Home Schools are welcome to register with the consent of a parent or guardian.

We invite you to provide us your email address (optional) to make it easier to notify you if you are selected as a winner.

What are the judges looking for?

Essays will be judged on the following criteria:


Technology is all about innovation, and innovation is all about creativity! We want you to think big about what the future of technology looks like, and to include your own unique and creative ideas on what technology could be and how it could transform our lives and the world.


We challenge students to think deeply about the pros and cons of new technologies. Winning essays will convey the complexity and challenges of tech advancements, not just the opportunities and benefits; they will take into account immediate impacts but could also consider unintended consequences.

Organization & Clarity

Essays should be presented in a clear, easy-to-read paragraph structure (no more than 600 words) so that reviewers can quickly grasp your vision of technology’s future and follow your supporting ideas. All entries must be sunbmitted in English.

The Prize

Authors of winning essays will receive awesome prizes!

From the US, 3 winners will be selected:
one from elementary, middle and high school entrants.
From Israel, 2 winners will be selected: one from middle and one from high school entrants.

The winning US and Israeli students, and one parent for each, will be flown to Washington DC for the Future of Technology Summit conference day, November 2, and will be provided two nights accommodation in DC.

Invitations will be extended to the Principal and District Supervisor of the winner's school. (US Only)

Meet our speakers

Not only will you be recognised as guests of honor at the conference, but you will also get to meet and chat with our famous speakers in person.

Steve Wozniak

"The Woz" - Co-Founder of Apple, Inc., Chief Scientist at Primary Data.

Ray Kurzweil

Director of Engineering at Google, Co-Founder and Chancellor of Singularity University, recipient of the National Medal of Technology.

Randi Zuckerberg

Founder and CEO Zuckerberg Media, Author and Entrepreneur.

Martin Eberhard

Co Founder Tesla Motors Inc

Dr. Boris Konrad

Neuroscientist and World Record Holder for memory

Shaji Nair

Executive Director, Future of Technology Summit 2017

Time is running out to submit your essay!

23 Days
17 Hours
13 Minutes
53 Seconds

to submit

Our entry system will close Oct 20, 12.00 midnight.

Teachers and Administrators, register your School

We want schools to be really involved in the competition. That’s why we are asking schools to register. We want you to know your students are entering a reputable competition and we want you to be part of their success.

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Read the instructions carefully

  • 1. Copy and paste your essay, in digital form, from the application you used to write it.
  • 2. Please ensure paragraphs are visible in your text.
  • 3. You cannot upload images and / or videos. We want your best written work, authored by you.
  • 4. You will need your School Code so that we can find you if you win.
  • 5. You can enter your email if you like.
  • 6. You must click the Captcha check box.
  • 7. When you submit, you agree that the judges’ decision is final.
  • 8. No correspondence will be entered into and no decision can be challenged.
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FTS 2017 Essay Competition – TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. This is a competition of skill. Chance plays no part in determining the winner. Each entry will be individually judged, based upon a range of criteria and individual merit. All entries must be an original work of the Student whose name is entered on the submission form. Entries must not have been published previously and/or have been used to win prizes in any other competitions. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification. All entries must be at or below 600 words.

2. To enter, Students must attend a registered K-12 School. Each School must register to obtain an Entry Code needed by each Student when submitting their essay online. FTS2017 reserves the right to verify the validity of entries. Home schools can be registered by a Parent or Guardian of the Student.

3. The judges reserve the right to disqualify any Student submitting an entry which, in the opinion of the judges, includes objectionable content, including but not limited to profanity, nudity, potentially insulting, scandalous, inflammatory or defamatory images or language.

4. Judging criteria is listed on the competition web site. By submitting an essay entry, both School and Student agree to the criteria being applied at the discretion of the judging panel. Both School and Student agree to all submissions being first graded by computer based algorithms and routines. All shortlisted entries will be considered by a human judging panel. The judges' decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

5. Winners of the competition must be registered at a school and be in Middle or High School (US only) and be residents of the USA. Prizes differ between US and Australian entrants.

6. The promoter reserves the right to withdraw or amend the competition as necessary due to circumstances outside its control.

7. All prizes are non-transferable and non-redeemable for cash. Any attempt to resell or auction all or any part of this prize will result in an immediate cancellation of the prize. Prizes cannot be exchanged for another itinerary or prize. In the event that, for any reason whatsoever, a winner does not take an element of the prize at the time stipulated by the promoter then that element of the prize will be forfeited by the winner and cash will not be awarded in lieu of that element of the prize.

8. FTS2017 reserves the right to substitute any component of the prize for an itinerary of equal value at their discretion.

9. For the US prize, Student winner must be accompanied by Parent and or Guardian for all travel. On Essay submission, Student and Parent or Guardian agree to being available for prize acceptance in person Nov 2 , 2017 in Washington DC. The Principal of the School and District Superintendent will be invited to the FTS2017

10. Once winner has been confirmed by FTS2017, the prize is deemed non-transferrable.

11. US Prize cannot be gifted to other persons in lieu of the winner not being able to travel. Should the winner not be able to complete all aspects of the itinerary within the period of prize validity, the remaining items shall be forfeited without any replacement for their value.

12. The winner is required to obtain the relevant & suitable travel insurance at their own expense in order to be able to take the competition prize. It is the traveller's personal responsibility to ensure that they have valid documentation, including but not limited to: Valid passports, visas, and health requirements, which meet the requirements of immigration and other government authorities at every destination. Any fines, penalties, payments or expenditures incurred as a result of such documents not meeting the requirements of those authorities will be the sole responsibility of the traveller/s.

13. On acceptance of the US competition prize, the US Student winner and Parent / Guardian acknowledge that they have agreed to FTS2017 competition conditions:

For US Student Winners only: Student Prize includes 2 x return economy flights to Washington DC from any mainland USA city and 2 x nights in 1 x twin share room in a 4 star hotel. Additional spending money, flights, meals, insurance, taxes, passports, visas, extra accommodation, items of a personal nature, inoculations, travel to and from departure point, additions to stipulated itineraries and offered flights and all other ancillary costs are the responsibility of the winner. Unless expressly stated, all other expenses become the responsibility of the winner. All tickets should be purchased by Student’s Parent or Guardian. FTS2017 will refund the cost of the tickets to the Parent or Guardian.

The Principal of the winning Student’s School and relevant District Superintendent will receive a refund for 1 x return economy flight to Washington DC from any mainland USA city and 2 x nights in 1 x twin share room in a 4 star hotel. Additional spending money, flights, meals, insurance, taxes, passports, visas, extra accommodation, items of a personal nature, inoculations, travel to and from departure point, additions to stipulated itineraries and offered flights and all other ancillary costs are the responsibility of the winner. Unless expressly stated, all other expenses become the responsibility of the Principal and District Superintendent.

14. FTS2017 shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including, but not limited to, indirect or consequential loss) or for personal injury which is suffered or sustained, in connection with the prize, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by laws.

15. By entering the competition, all Students and Schools will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

16. All registration information you are asked to provide to FTS2017 is protected by relevant Privacy Laws. FTS2017 will not disclose this information to other parties other than in accordance with the relevant Privacy Laws.

17. The ownership of the essay submission remains the property of the writer. Entry into the competition constitutes both Student and school permission and consent, for FTS2017 and Literatu to use, reproduce, post, distribute, adapt, edit, and/or display the submission in any media format, printed and/or digital.

18. Independent financial advice should be sought as tax implications may arise as a result of accepting the prize.

19. In the event that for any reason whatsoever a winner does not accept the prize at the time stipulated by FTS2017 then the prize will be forfeited by the winner. Cash will not be awarded in lieu of the prize.

20. If FTS2017 is unable to contact the winner and their school within 10 days of the final judging decision, and FTS2017 has made every effort to contact them with the information provided by the Student, then FTS2017 will award the prize to another valid Student.