We’re so excited to announce the very first First in Future contest! In Episode 8 of our podcast, First in Future, guest John Hardin introduces us to the concept of the superhero of the future: “Someone who has multiple powers and has the ability to know when to deploy those powers in certain circumstances…Someone who has balance and has understanding and compassion and the information with which to make good decisions.” We’re totally on board with the idea of this Versatillion, so dubbed by IEI Director Leslie Boney, but there’s one major problem—we have no idea what this superhero looks like! This is where you come in.
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We need someone to create a depiction of this new superhero of tomorrow. Send us your depictions of John Hardin’s The Versatillion, a superhero of adaptability, able to invent new businesses faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap between disciplines in a single bound, strong enough to gain new skills as the economy changes…The Versatillion is a superhero for the 21st century.
Our crack team of IEI judges will evaluate all entries submitted to our website by the end of April 2017 and will select one lucky winner for the grand prize: a complimentary ticket to the 2018 Emerging Issues Forum, as well as recognition on our website and credit whenever we talk about the image. Yes, we’re serious! We need a transformer for the 21st century, and we think you can design what that superhero looks like.
Not an artist? That’s okay too! Send us your best descriptors for this visionary. What does the successful hero of the future need to know to succeed? What does success look like? What superpowers or abilities does one need to be the hero North Carolina needs? Describe it for us! If possible, attach a rough sketch. We won’t be judging so much based on your artistic merit but more on your creativity and commitment to the future.
We’re open for submissions until 5 p.m. on April 30, 2017. Send all submissions to email@example.com using the subject line “The Versatillion.” We can’t wait to see what you have in store! Don’t forget to share your submissions on social media using #TheVersatillion!