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Masdar’s 2014 Engage Blogging Contest Rules

NOTE: The Engage Blogging Contest is now closed. 

We are overwhelmed by the response to this contest and would like to thank everyone who participated for writing, voting for and sharing all of the incredible content. The issues of cities and sustainable development is an important one to us here at Masdar, and we sincerely appreciate the incredible ideas shared with us.

Our judges are currently evaluating all of the excellent submissions and a winner will be announced soon.

Thank you again for making the 2nd annual Engage Blogging Contest a success!

Masdar’s 2014 Engage Blogging Contest: Smart Cities and Sustainable Development

1. Eligibility: The blogging contest is open to those 18 years of age or older.

2. Contest Period: Contest entry period begins November 29, 2013 at 12 Midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) and submissions must be entered by January 3, 2014 at 12 Midnight EST.

3. Assignment: Write a 500-600 word story addressing the following question:

How can cities contribute to the advancement of sustainable development and address issues including water, energy and waste?”

Guidelines to writing the winning post: This year’s blogging contest explores the important contributions cities can make toward sustainable development. According to the World Bank, half of the world’s population lives in urban centers today and by 2050, that ratio will increase to 67 percent in cities--so cities must become “smart” and adapt to rapid urbanization as well as the increased stress on resources such as energy, water and waste.

To that end, issues worth exploring include the role of technology and innovation; energy and water efficiency; the advancement of new building materials; opportunities for entrepreneurship and social innovation; and how the transformation into a “smart city” will be conducive to both sustainability and economic opportunity. But be creative, these are only a few suggested topics.

The winning entry will clearly map out the connection between smart cities and sustainable development, and include recommended actions for how cities can play a vital role in accommodating far more people, while using fewer resources.

4. To Enter:

  • 1. Write a post and publish it at your blog with a link to the Masdar Engage page (if you don't have a blog, you can send submissions to press@masdar.ae);

  • 2. Leave a comment on the 2014 Engage Contest Page with a link to your post; IMPORTANT: Leave a comment on this page with a link to your post AND do not forget to mention the Masdar Engage Blogging Contest plus link to www.masdar.ae/engage to help us find your post.
  • 3. Qualifying content will be posted on the Masdar web site. Limit one (1) Entry per person.

5. Winner Selection: A judging panel will review qualifying entries and will weigh: a) The overall quality of the post; b) The number of votes for the post on the Masdar website; c) The number of Tweets, Facebook “Likes” and “Shares” on Masdar's and the writers’ websites from their followers on social media. Voting will continue until January 7, 2014.

6. Prize: One winner will be selected for an all-expense paid trip to Abu Dhabi during mid-January 2014, hired as Masdar’s VIP blogger throughout Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, and post regular updates during the event.

7. Prize Restrictions: Winners are subject to verification, including verification of age. If winner resides within a 100-mile radius of destination, ground transportation may be provided in lieu of air transportation. Winners are responsible for having valid travel documents and passport. Employees of Masdar, its partners and subsidiaries are not eligible for Masdar’s Engage blogging contest. 

8. Entry Requirements: Submissions must be the original work of the entrant; may not have been used previously for public display; must be suitable for publication; may not be promotional endorsements for brands or companies; and may not contain any copyrighted works owned by other parties. Entries will be reviewed for compliance with these rules before being published and/or judged. Masdar makes the final determination as to what entries are eligible. 

9. Commercial Use of Entries: Submission of an entry grants Masdar the unconditional, irrevocable, worldwide right to publish, use, edit and/or modify such entry in any way, in any and all media, without limitation, and without consideration to the entrant, winning or not.

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