Kevin E. Patterson

The Dreaded Deadline Doom and 5 Reasons to Appear in Tomorrow Project Seattle

Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson and University of Washington Assistant Professor, Department of Human Centered Design Sarah Perez-Kriz take audience questions on Tomorrow Project Seattle at Norwescon 2011

Can you turn out a brilliant sci-fi short story, script, or comic in one week? If you haven’t started, that’s how much time you have to meet the submission deadline for the Tomorrow Project Seattle. Brings to mind what the silver age creators at Marvel Comics called the “Dreaded Deadline Doom.”

Submissions are due by June 15, 2011, Midnight Pacific Standard Time. Submissions will be judged by an editorial board managed by the University of Washington, including members from academia and industry (Intel will not be on the board).

Complete project information can be found on the official site.

Why should you care about having your submission accepted for the Tomorrow Project Seattle?

1. Honor and recognition: Your work will appear in a printed anthology by University of Washington, of which Intel is a sponsor. Having worked a few years ago with CIO magazine on the Intel-sponsored “Premier IT Awards” recognizing outstanding projects in the business IT space, I know firsthand the value of peer recognition.

2. Free swag: You’ll get two copies of the book in print which will also be available for free download. You’ll be a published author. In print.

3. You’ll be in the company of luminaries: Appearing in the same compilation with award-winning author Corey Doctorow (“Little Brother”). A previous edition Tomorrow Project anthology included contributions by best selling authors Ray Hammond, Scarlett Thomas, and Douglas Rushkoff.

The future was written: Tomorrow Project 2010 book cover

4. You advance thinking in emerging technology areas like robotics and autonomous vehicles.

5. You have creator rights: Intel will not sell or license your work to others for money, or charge others money to read your Work. You’re free to exercise your rights as an owner of the work, including enforcing your rights and making money from your work. You retain rights to your work.

Science fiction matters to the progress of science fact, as Intel futurist Brian David Johnson knows. Brian’s job is to help develop a practical vision for computers and gadgets in the year 2020 for Intel. He’s the author of “Science Fiction Prototyping: Designing the Future with Science Fiction,” as well as serving as the Intel mentor to Tomorrow Project Seattle with University of Washington Assistant Professor, Department of Human Centered Design Sarah Perez-Kriz. “Science Fiction Prototyping” intersects with Tomorrow Project Seattle by promoting more informed conversations about the future with science luminaries.

Will you be among the luminaries? Tomorrow may never know, but the Tomorrow Project Seattle does. The Dreaded Deadline Doom approaches.

Kevin E. Patterson

About Kevin E. Patterson

Kevin is a consumer campaign manager in Intel Americas, creating integrated marketing programs for technologies beyond the PC and for techsetter audiences. His campaigns have included broadcast TV, digital signage, and online media. In his 12 years with Intel he has been an enterprise campaign manager, founding an IT community with members in over 160 countries. That community is now known as the Intel IT Center, which earned him an Intel Marketing Excellence Award. He also co-created/piloted a measurement for online advertising which earned a 2011 ARF Ogilvy Award, also now deployed globally. Previously, he worked at marketing agencies for clients such as The World Bank, Lexus, GE, and Ford. He has a Master's Degree in English Lit and is a comic book geek.

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