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Masdar’s 2015 Engage Blogging Contest Rules

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

2. Contest Period: Contest entry period begins November 20, 2014 at 12 Midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) and submissions must be entered by Friday, January 2, 2015 at 12 Midnight EST.

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

“Describe your city in 2030: what will occur due to changes in energy, transportation and water technologies, and how will they transform how you live?”

Guidelines to writing the winning post: This year’s blogging contest is all about creativity and forecasting the future. 

The world’s urban centers are now firmly on the frontlines of sustainability and innovation. Cities are confronted with maintaining a trajectory of economic growth, while reducing resource demand and addressing climate risk. With the rise of urbanization, the world’s cities must also offer complete communities – a place to live, work and play – while being bastions of sustainability. Creating growth, while minimizing their impact is a tremendous opportunity for cities – they offer numerous opportunities to spur new ideas, develop more innovative technologies, strengthen industry and enhance our lifestyle.

Based on what you see occurring in urban planning, along with developments in water, waste, energy, food production and transportation, what will your city look like in 2030? Describe the ideal city in 2030. 

We encourage you to be creative—the topics mentioned are just a few examples of ideas that could be addressed as your describe how your city will evolve the next 15 years.

The winning entry will clearly describe their ideal city by showcasing how future urban environments will operate, use fewer resources, create thriving communities, promote a healthy lifestyle, inspire new ideas and drive economic growth. Again, creativity is the key.

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 2015 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.

4. Winning 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) and the number of Tweets, Facebook “Likes” and “Shares” through social channels (on both Masdar and the writer’s websites). Voting will continue until January 5, 2015.

5. Prize: One winner will be selected for an all-expense paid trip to Abu Dhabi during mid-January 2015, hired as Masdar’s VIP blogger throughout Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, and post regular updates during the event.

6. 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 including a passport. Employees of Masdar, its partners and subsidiaries are not eligible for Masdar’s Engage blogging contest. 

7. 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.

8. 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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