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Get ready to showcase your creative thinking

Polyplexus is launching Conjecture Mania, a new cross-disciplinary competition.

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Participants will be challenged to develop Conjecture Micropublications, combining recently published seminal scientific evidence to advance novel ideas that envision new, transformative industries by 2041.

Conjecture Mania, a new cross-disciplinary competition, challenges participants to develop creative, yet scientifically plausible, Conjecture µPubs (MicroPublications) to advance novel ideas that envision new, transformative industries by 2041.

In Fall 2020, members of the Polyplexus community participated in Evidence Madness to identify seminal papers in four disciplines – life sciences, chemistry (including materials), physics (including solid state) and computer science (hardware and software).

Submissions to Conjecture Mania must pair a paper from Evidence Madness with another piece of evidence from a different discipline to imagine what the future may hold.

CHALLENGE

To participate, check out the rules below. But, above all, have fun and be creative!

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Creation Rules

 

1. Conjecture Creators must be registered on the Polyplexus platform to participate in Conjecture Mania.

2. Creators need to link two Evidence µPubs to create a Conjecture µPub.
(Don’t know how to create a Conjecture µPub? Click here to learn.)

3. For Conjecture Mania, one Evidence µPub must come from the Evidence Madness List. To access the List, go to the Evidence Madness Incubator page.

4. The second Evidence µPub can come from the Discover MicroPubs tab and may or may not be authored by the Conjecture Creator. Alternatively, you can create a new Evidence µPub specifically for your Conjecture.
(Hint: Interdisciplinary Conjecture µPubs will be favored in the voting process.)

5. Conjectures should advance a new idea as described in the challenge.

6. Creators can submit their Conjecture µPubs to Conjecture Mania, starting Monday, April 19, 2021.

7. Creators can submit up to three different Conjectures to Conjecture Mania.

8. The submission period is: Monday, April 19 to Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

9. Creators cannot submit Conjecture µPubs after the submission period ends.

Submission Rules

 

1. Before submitting a Conjecture µPub, make sure the Conjecture µPub addresses the Creation Rules.
(Hint: Only Conjecture µPubs that meet all the Rules will be accepted into the Conjecture Mania competition.)

2. Conjecture Creators are encouraged to add a justification comment to their Conjecture elaborating on the entry and explaining why the community should vote for it.
(Hint: Make it count. The 5 best justifications – as evaluated by a panel of independent experts– will each win $350.)

3. All submissions are evaluated by a panel of independent experts.
(Hint: Scientifically implausible or marginally creative Conjectures may not be accepted.)

4. The submission period is: Monday, April 19 to Wednesday, April 28, 2021.

5. Conjecture µPubs which meet all the requirements will be published to Conjecture Mania as and when they are approved.

Voting Rules

 

Voting will proceed in three rounds and take place on Conjecture Mania.

Round 1

1. Anyone registered on the Polyplexus platform may vote in Conjecture Mania.

2. Voting begins on Thursday, April 29, 2021.

3. Round 1 voting concludes on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

4. Each Voter will be allocated 10 votes in the first round.

5. Voters can cast one vote per Conjecture µPub.

6. Voters are not required to use all of their votes but unused votes do not carry over to the next round.

7. Voting should reflect the Voter’s personal opinion of the Conjecture µPub’s creativity and scientific plausibility.

8. To influence voting, Voters are encouraged to add additional comments supportive of their vote.
(Hint: Make sure to add your comments. The 5 best Voter comments across all rounds – as evaluated by a panel of independent experts– will each win $200.)

9. The 10 Conjecture µPubs with the most votes will be the winners of Round 1.

10. Immediately after posting the Round 1 winners, Round 2 will begin.

Round 2: Semi-Finals

1. In Round 2, each Voter will be allotted three

2. Round 2 voting concludes on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

3. Voters can cast one vote per Conjecture µPub.

4. Voters are not required to use all of their votes but unused votes do not carry over to the Round 3.

5. Voting should reflect the Voter’s opinion of the Conjecture µPub’s creativity and scientific plausibility.

6. Voters are encouraged to add additional comments supportive of their vote.
(Hint: Make sure to add your comments. The 5 best Voter comments across all rounds – as evaluated by a panel of independent experts– will each win $200.)

7. The three Conjecture µPubs with the most votes will move to Round 3, the Finals.

8. Immediately after posting the Round 2 winners, the Finals begin.

Round 3: Finals

1. In the final round each Voter can cast one vote for what they feel is the best, most creative, and most plausible Conjecture as described in the challenge.

2. The final round voting concludes on Thursday, May 6, 2021

3. The Conjecture µPub with the most votes wins Conjecture Mania.

4. Winners will be announced on Friday, May 7, 2021.

prizes

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Creators

  1. In the final round, the Creator of the Conjecture µPub with the most votes wins first place and $3,000. In the event of a tie, the final conjectures will split the pot.
  2. The Creator of the second place Conjecture µPub wins $1,000.
  3. The Creator of the third place Conjecture µPub wins $500.
  4. Bonus: The best 5 Creator justification comments will each win $350.

Voters

  1. Voters who vote for all three finalists in Round 2 correctly and vote for the eventual winner in the Finals will split a $2,000 pot.
  2. Bonus round: the 5 best comments – as evaluated by a panel of independent experts – will each win $200.

Sponsors for the first Conjecture Mania include

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