Micro-SFP Challenge


Technical Innovation critically depends on imaginative thinking. One approach to facilitating this for Science, Engineering and Business is a methodology called Science Fiction Prototyping (SFP) proposed by Brian David Johnson, Intel’s Futurist. The core idea is to use science fiction narratives as a means to explore, inform, and influence future scientific and business research and development. In this way fictional prototypes provide a powerful tool to enhance the traditional practices of research and design.

The Micro-SFP Challenge, organised in partnership with the Creative Science Foundation, invites all CEEC attendees to write a very short story of 25 words, or less (a genre of SFP that called a Micro Science-Fiction Prototype or µSFP for short), proposing a new type of product related to future technology based on any of the topics covered by CEEC main session or any of the special sessions.

Generally there are three components to such a story: the technology, a simple action and a person. It is difficult to convey a technology idea in just 25 words, so don’t treat this like writing a paper, it’s supposed to be quick and fun (a little like brainstorming)!

The top 3 Micro-SFPs (as judged by a panel) will receive a prize. To enter you should download the “CEEC µSFP entry form and email it to ceec@essex.ac.uk with the title “Micro-SFP challenge” or submit it to the CEEC 2015 front desk by no later than midday on the 24th of September 2015.

The winning stories will be posted at the Creative Science Foundation website and on their Twitter account @CSciFoundation.

Important Dates

Submission deadline 24th of September 2015
Official website Creative Science Foundation


Download the CEEC µSFP entry form here.

More information on writing Micro-SFPs is available at the Creative Science Foundation website.


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