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Can 140 Characters Really Change the World?

by Bill Martin-Otto on 17 Jul, 2012 in CATIA

catia If the right person enters Dassault Systèmes’ new “IF WE Challenge,” one tweet could change the world for the better. Any individual (not a company) can share his or her world-changing dream by submitting a 140-character statement—in English and starting with “#IFWE”. You can also enter via Twitter, Facebook, etc., but the official contest page is the easiest way to learn about it.

Each statement must express a dream, a technical challenge or an innovative project that can be achieved with existing technologies. The most innovative, ambitious and awesome ideas will be considered for valuable prizes. One grand-prize winner, chosen by a jury, will receive a prize package worth about $15,000 that includes a Lenovo Thinkpad W520 laptop computer with selected 3DS software, a week of CATIA training and a trip to Dassault Systèmes in Vélizy, France or Waltham, Massachusetts. Two other winners will receive Lenovo Thinkpads.

The official example of a winning statement is: “#IFWE harvest icebergs, just one could provide half a million people with fresh water for a year.” This idea was actually dreamed up by a man named Georges Mougin, who used it to win a previous Dassault Systèmes’ Passion for Innovation contest.

Check out the incredible “Ice Dream” video below:

Mr. Mougin headlines the jury for the IF WE Challenge, which also includes two other Passion for Innovation winners: Franck Doyen, an aerospace engineer representing the “Big Frog” project; and Jean-Pierre Houdin, an architect representing the “Khufu Reborn” project.

Rounding out the jury are three executives from Dassault Systèmes: Anne Asensio, vice president design experience; Asheen Phansey, North American sustainability leader; and Mehdi Tayoubi, vice president digital and experiential strategy.

Submissions will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Originality (40%)
  • Suitability (20%)
  • Relevance to sustainable development issues (20%)
  • Feasibility (20%)

Entries must be received by August 10, 2012, so enter now and let us know what your submission is. It would be great if someone who reads this blog has the winning, world-changing idea!

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