Terms and conditions

To enter the Peace Grand Challenge competition, applicants must be 18 years old or over on 29th October 2014, and be a resident in the United Kingdom. (Applicants may be of any nationality and citizenship.) Applicants should be fluent in English.

This competition is not open to employees of Singularity University.

Two prizes will be offered:

  • First prize (one winner): one free place at Singularity University’s European 2 day Summit in Amsterdam, November 19th-20th 2014, held at The DeLaMar Theater. The prize includes a £200 contribution towards travel and other expenses. The prize includes food and refreshments at the Summit as provided to all attendees.
  • Second Prize (three winners): A signed copy of the book “Exponential Organizations”, plus free attendance for all London Futurists events for the twelve months following the announcement of the winners.

No purchase is necessary.

Maximum one entry per person.

To enter the competition, competitors must send an email to lf.grandchallenge@gmail.com, with the essay as an attachment, by 12 noon UK time on Friday 31st October. Submissions will be acknowledged within 24 hours of receipt.

In the covering email, applicants must provide:

  • Their name
  • Contact information
  • Their residency address within the UK
  • Confirmation that they are aged at least 18
  • Confirmation that the essay is their own original work
  • Any relevant organisational affiliation (e.g. university, think tank, employer).

No responsibility can be accepted for entries that are lost or delayed, or which are not received for any reason.

Any essays which exceed 2,000 words in length will be disqualified. Essays can also contain diagrams, charts, illustrations, etc, though writers are advised that quality is more important than quantity.

The winner is the entrant as determined by the panel of judges.

The competition will be open for submissions from midday on 8th October, and will close at midday on 29th October. The applicable time-zone is GMT or BST whichever is prevailing in London. Singularity University and London Futurists reserve the right to amend the competition start and end date at any time.

The names of the winners will be posted on the competition website by 7th November.

By entering the competition the winners are required to agree to participate in such promotional activity as reasonably required by Singularity University or London Futurists.

The prize is not transferable to another person.

No part of the prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize.

If the advertised prize is not available, Singularity University and London Futurists reserve the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.

Incorrectly completed entries or misleading entries will be disqualified.

This competition is being run jointly by Singularity University and London Futurists (operators and promoters). Singularity University is based at NASA Research Park, Moffett Field, CA 94035-0001, USA. London Futurists is based in London, England.

Applicants should read the competition’s Privacy Policy, which explains how the organizers may use any personal information collected about competitors entering the competition.

Singularity University and London Futurists reserve the right to amend these rules at any time. If the rules are amended, they will be published on the competition website, https://londonfuturists.com/peace-grand-challenge/.

The winner must obtain any necessary visas required for their attendance at Singularity University Summit Europe.

In the rare cases where a competition winner requires a visa but is denied one, the winner forfeits his or her place, and is not given any recompense by Singularity University. The opportunity is given to the runner-up to come to Singularity University Summit Europe after he/she gets a visa.

In all cases where a winner cannot come to Singularity University Summit Europe, the winner forfeits his or her seat and the opportunity is presented to the second runner up. Those attending must commit to attend the full programme.

If the competition winner is part of a team, the team is not eligible for the prize, only the individual who won the competition.

Ideas do not have to be at a particular stage to be submitted. Judging criteria is based on the calibre of the applicant, the “grandness” of their idea (does it solve a problem with huge potential positive impact on millions of people?) and the feasibility of its being implemented.

Any intellectual property included in submissions belongs to the respective applicants, though no Non-Disclosure Agreements will be entered into

The Gambling Act defines and differentiates lotteries, betting (which can include certain prize competitions), and gaming (that is playing a game of chance for a prize). Skill competitions and free prize draws remain outside the Gambling Act, and for the avoidance of doubt, the Peace Grand Challenge is a skill competition, and does not fall within the definition of a lottery, betting, or gaming.

The Laws of England and Wales apply to the Peace Grand Challenge.

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