Good grief, it’s almost 2010! For the second year, we’re asking you to make bold predictions about where tech-related products, companies, technologies, and people will go in the coming year–and are offering a prize to encourage your contributions.
This year, the prize is a biggie: It’s Olive’s Olive 4 Hi-Fi Music Server, which lets you convert your entire collection of CDs into high-quality digital form for listening over your stereo or across your network.The Olive has a color touchscreen; a 500GB hard drive and a built-in CD drive; and Wi-Fi, Ethernet, and digital and analog audio outputs. It’s a $1499 value and is provided courtesy of Olive.
The rules for entering the contest are pretty simple:
- 1. Enter by making predictions about technology news we’ll see in 2010. They can involve products, companies, technologies, people, or any combination of the above.
- 2. Make the predictions by adding comments to this post; please provide a working e-mail address in the specified field. (Your e-mail address won’t be published, and we won’t use it for any purpose except to contact you in relation to the contest.)
- 3. Everyone who enters gets one chance at winning the Olive 4. We’ll choose our favorite entries, and they’ll get an additional four chances a piece at winning the Olive. (In other words: The best contributions will have a five times higher chance of winning.) The winner will be chosen in a random drawing.
- 4. Favorites will be judged for creativity, plausibility, and quality of writing. Being interesting counts, but ones that sound plausible will have an edge on ones that don’t–“Apple will institute a radically more open acceptance process for the iTunes App Store” might be a favorite, but “Astronauts will discover an alien race that worships Phil Schiller” would not.
- 5. Feel free to make multiple predictions in one comment, and take as much space as you need. We may use your entry in articles based on the contest, and reserve the right to delete entries.
- 6. The contest will close at 5pm PT on Wednesday, December 16th, 2009, so please enter by then; we’ll notify a winner by Friday, December 18th. We’ll also publish a story next week with some of our favorite predictions.
Twitter users: If you feel like tweeting the contest and your entry therein, by all means do so. We’ve created a short URL for you to use; http://bit.ly/tpredicts.
Have fun, and let us know if you have any questions! You can always look at last year’s predictions for inspiration…