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You are young, you live in a developing country and you have a story to tell about standards and a sustainable energy future? Then you have the profile to participate in the ISO/DIN essay contest!

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has just launched the 2014 edition of its contest for young professionals in developing countries. Sponsored by DIN, the German Institute for Standardization, the contest aims to challenge and give opportunities to young professionals from developing countries and economies in transition.

To win, participants must:

  • Write an essay in English answering the question "A sustainable energy future – How can standards help meet the challenge?", and
  • Make a two-minute video in which they put forward the key messages of their essay, presenting the subject in simple words and an original way that is easily understandable by the general public. (Don't panic! The quality of the video is not the most important. We are more interested in seeing the content explained in a fun, easy-to-understand and accessible way.)

The essay should take the form of a case study. The aim is to provide a personal analysis of the role of standards in promoting a sustainable energy future as well as formulate original ideas in relation with your country’s situation.

ISO/DIN essay contest 2014 [PDF]

This year the contest is no longer restricted to young standardizers but open to all professionals under the age of 35 living in a developing country, whether they work in the field of standardization or any other sector.

The winner will be invited to spend a week in Berlin, Germany, all expenses paid, where he/she will be trained in, and exposed to, a wide range of standards-related management activities carried out by DIN, a highly successful national standards body. The winner will also have the opportunity to visit the ISO Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland.

We are looking forward to reading your story. More details on how to participate can be found in the pdf ISO/DIN essay contest for young professionals in developing countries.

You have until 27 June to send us your essay and video. Ready, steady, go!

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