Technology and tomorrow

Technology has transformed many aspects of society in a short period of time โ€“ take the invention of the internet, which only became widely used in the late 1990s, and smartphones and tablets, which took off in the late 2000s. In other ways, some of the technologies predicted to be used in the 2020s are yet to appear, like flying cars and personal robots. 

In 800 words or less, describe the impacts of a particular technology on society. You can look at a technology of the past (even ancient past), describe a technology in use today, a new technology that is being developed, or outline your predictions for the technology of the future. 

Your 800 word essay could consist of:

- A news story on technology that is being developed now and its predicted impacts. 

- Your own ideas for new technologies that will need to be developed in the future. 

- An essay on what the impact of a particular technology is on different parts of society.

 Don't forget to look at the section 'How to write your essay' for some tips and tricks before submitting.

Note: if you have any trouble submitting your entries online, or would like to submit a class or year bacth of entries, please email your details, consent form and essays

 directly to

  • Entries open 30 April and close 28 August 2018.
  • To be eligible, entries must be written in the English language by Australian secondary school students in Years 7 to 10 and submitted as Word, pdf, rtf or txt formats. Students home-schooled in accordance with relevant state or territory guidelines are also eligible to enter
  • Entry forms must be authorised by the studentโ€™s parent or guardian. Download the permission form here.
  • There is no limit on the number of students a school can nominate.
  • Maximum word count is 800 words, but shorter pieces will also be accepted. References do not count towards total word count.
  • The winning entry will be published in an issue of CSIRO's Double Helix Magazine, on the Careers with STEM website, and on
  • The winning entry will receive a $500 voucher and a subscription to the Australian Book Review
  • The winners will be notified in October 2018 and publicly announced on 8 October 2018. All schools that enter will receive a complimentary copy of The Best Australian Science Writing 2018 for their library.
  • Entries will be assessed by a panel of judges comprising: Heather Catchpole, Creative Director of Refraction Media; John Pickrell, Editor of The Best Australian Science Writing 2018; Stephanie Schwarz, a teacher at Moriah College in Sydney; and Deborah Smith, former Science Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.
  • For any queries regarding the Prize, please email
  • I confirm that this entry is my original work and has not been published elsewhere or entered into any other competition.
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