The Economist’s Open Future Youth Essay Competition in UK 2019

The Economist's Open Future Youth Essay Competition is operated and promoted by The Economist Newspaper Limited, UK.

The contest is associated with an Open Future theme (ie, the environment). It has a specific question and description to be answered.

Essays submitted by the contestants should take a side, analyse the situation and build a case based on argument and facts. Elegant writing is important but the judges will make allowances for those for whom English is not their native language. The winner will be based on the subjective decision of the judging panel.

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About Open Future

This competition (the Competition) is operated and promoted by The Economist Newspaper Limited (The Economist), a company registered in England at 1-11 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HT, United Kingdom (registered number: 236383). By entering the Competition, you agree to these terms and conditions and confirm that you are telling us your real name

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Open Future Undergraduate Scholarship

Aim and Benefits of Open Future Undergraduate Scholarship

1.        The prize for the winner will be an invitation to one of The Economist’s Open Future events to be held on October 5th 2019 and at venues in Hong Kong, Manchester and Chicago. This will include an economy-class flight for the winner, if required to get to the relevant event, and hotel accommodation for at least two nights. The Economist will determine in its sole discretion which Open Future event location to award to the winner.

2.      Please note that if you win and you are under 18 at the time of the relevant Open Future event, a person with parental responsibility or some other responsible adult must accompany you. The Economist will also provide an economy-class ticket and hotel accommodation for this person.

3.       The prizes do not include any items other than those expressly stated. They do not include, for example, insurance costs, the costs of transfers to and from airports, food and drink other than meals provided by The Economist, taxes or personal expenses. Any such costs, or other costs incidental to the fulfilment of the prize, are the responsibility of the winner.

4.      You will be responsible for ensuring that you are available to travel and hold valid passports, any necessary visas and other travel documents for the prize in question on the travel dates specified.

Requirements for Open Future Undergraduate Scholarship Qualification

1.        The Competition is open to persons between the ages of 16 and 25 inclusive, except for employees of The Economist or its affiliated companies and professional advisors, their immediate families, and anyone professionally connected with the Competition.

2.      If you are under the age of 18 or are classed as a minor wherever you reside, you must obtain written parental or guardian consent to enter and to claim your prize. The Economist may ask the winner to provide proof of age and/or parental consent.

3.       In entering the Competition, you confirm that you are eligible to do so and eligible to claim any prize you may win. The Economist may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to enter the competition.

4.      Only one entry per person is permitted. Entries via third parties and automated entries are not permitted.

5.      No purchase is necessary.

6.      Entries not submitted in accordance with these terms and all other rules and directions given by The Economist, or entries that are incomplete or illegible (as determined in our sole discretion) will not be eligibl

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Interview date, Process and Venue for Open Future Undergraduate Scholarship

1.        A judging panel of at least five people will be established, comprising a number of Economist journalists as well as other persons. A subset of that panel will be responsible for shortlisting what it judges in its discretion to be the best entries, and the panel will then choose the winner from that shortlist.

2.      There is no alternative prize or cash alternative and prizes cannot be transferred to any other person. We may alter arrangements or prizes should this be deemed necessary by us. Prizes are not transferable.

3.       The decision of the judging panel is final, and at its sole discretion. No correspondence or discussion will be entered into by us in relation to that decision.

4.      Winners will be announced on or about September 15th, 2019.

5.      The winners will be notified (by email, post or phone, using contact details provided with the entry) within 45 days of the closing date.

6.      We will make all reasonable efforts to contact the winners. If any winner cannot be contacted or is not available, or has not claimed his or her prize within 10 days of the announcement date, The Economist reserves the right to offer the prize to the next eligible entrant selected from the correct entries that were received before the closing date.

7.      We may ask you to provide documentary proof or your identity and/or address before award of the prize. The use of a false name or address will disqualify you from receiving any priz

Application Deadline

July 31, 2019

How to Apply

1.        All entries must be received by 11:59 pm (UK) on July 31st 2019, the closing date of the Competition. Only entries that are duly received by us by the closing date will be eligible for the Competition. We cannot accept responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed or damaged and proof of sending an online entry is not proof that we received it.

2.      Entries must be submitted as plaintext in the body of an email addressed to [email protected], with the subject line: “Open Future essay competition”. Note: File attachments are not allowed and will not be opened.

3.       Entries cannot be returned so please remember to retain a copy.

4.      All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The Economist accepts no responsibility if entrants ignore these terms and conditions and entrants agree to indemnify The Economist against any claim by any third party from any breach of these terms and conditions.

5.      Entries must not contain defamatory, obscene, offensive, or any other unsuitable material; The Economist reserves the right to disqualify entries containing such matter. Entries must be suitable to be published by The Economist for audiences of all ages.

·         Intellectualproperty
Each entrant retains the copyright in his or her entry but grants to The Economist a perpetual non-exclusive royalty-free licence to publish, broadcast (across all media) and post the entry online and on any other platforms yet to be envisaged, together with his or her name, age and country of residence. This licence will be deemed to include all the necessary rights and permissions to enable such use by The Economist, to fulfil the prizes and to complete the administration of this Competition.

·         By submitting an entry, you agree that The Economist may at its sole discretion edit, adapt, abridge or translate the entry for the purposes listed in these terms and conditions (even if you don’t win we may, for example, publish your essay or excerpts from it as a runner-up in the Competition). You grant permission to The Economist, and to those acting under The Economist's authority, to use your name, picture, likeness, voice, biographical information and statements for promotional purposes without additional compensation, in all media now known or hereafter discovered, worldwide and on the Internet and World Wide Web, without notice, review or approval. You agree that The Economist may use your entry for the creation of derivative products and that The Economist shall own the copyright in such derivative products, shall accordingly be free to use them as it wishes and not be obliged to acknowledge you as a source or author of such products or of underlying elements thereof.

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