Help build a plausible sci-fi world!
Of course you do!
Here are the basic parameters (for more details and to find team members, click on the above link):
To be plausible, the world should:
Be consistent with today’s real world;
Be consistent with known science; and
Not rely on improbable / implausible events (miracles).
And the world should be a place yourself and many others would enjoy inhabiting.
Due date is April 15, 2022.
And the (potential) rewards are more than non-monetary! From the website:
First prize: $20,000
Two second prizes: $10,000 each
Five third prizes: $2,000 each
Ten fourth prizes: $1,000 each
Judges discretionary prizes: up to five prizes of up to $2,000 each.
Important note: Prizes will be evenly split among members of prizewinning teams, but to encourage collaboration they will also be up-scaled by a factor of 1.5 for 2-person teams, 1.75 for 3-person teams, 1.875 for 4-person teams, and 2.0 for 5-person or more teams. Thus, e.g., a two-person team winning first prize would be awarded $15,000 each. This means that the contest has a total prize pool of up to $140,000.