Update 5/1/09: We are pleased to announce that the winners of The Bluesky Innovation Competition on “Social Computing in 2020” have been determined.  Please stay tuned – an announcement with the winners and project details will be posted soon.

The University of California Transliteracies Project and UC Santa Barbara Social Computing Group announce the “Social Computing in 2020” Bluesky Innovation Competition. What will social computing technologies and practices be like in the year 2020?

  • Eligible: Undergraduate or graduate students anywhere in the world.
  • Awards: 1st prize, $3000 USD; 2nd prize, $1000, 3rd prize, $500.
  • Submission Format: Description of an idea + Imaginative realization, embodiment, or illustration of the idea in a variety of possible formats (e.g., an essay, story, script, application sketch, fictional business plan, etc.).
  • Deadline: January 30, 2009.
  • Full Competition Announcement: Guidelines & Submission Details

Students from any discipline–humanities, arts, social sciences, computer science, engineering, etc.–are encouraged to apply. The competition emphasizes visionary, thoughtful, or critical concepts rather than technical knowledge as such.

For more information, see the full competition announcement.
Inquiries may be directed by email to socialcomputing(at)