WHEN OUR ACADEMIC YEAR starts in September, we're running a semesterised Media Writing module and one of the first assignments involves first year (freshmen) students writing what they think will happen to their phones by the time they graduate from their Level 8 creative multimedia degree. Symbian wants to know where the smartphone space is heading between 2012-2015. Around the world, university students have until the end of September to submit their essays. Ten winners will will be selected, each will get 1000 British Pounds (1991.50 US Dollars or 1263.48 Euros).
To enter the contest, you should send your essay to ResearchEssayContest@Symbian.com. Your submission should include a title, along with your name, email address, name of university, contact details of academic supervisor. You You may enter as many essays as you wish, however a separate email must be sent for every article written.
Groups of students can choose to collaborate on an essay in which case the details of all contributing students should be included in the Email.
Qualifying Essays. To qualify, each 5000-word essay must be written in English and relate to the overall theme of "issues and opportunities with smartphone technologies".
Winning Criteria. The competition judges will review essays according to relevance, insight, clarity, readability, originality, evidence provided and technical expertise. The judges will be members of Symbian's Research Advisory Board. The decision of the judges is final and the judges will not enter into correspondence on why one essay was preferred to another.