The Arctic Innovation Competition is held yearly and the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus to exhibit innovative ideas for new products, problem solving, potentially anything. Run by the UAF School of Management, they offer over $25,000 in prize money for top ideas.
So what idea could I possibly bring to the table? After being born and raised in Alaska and speaking with visitors and complete outsiders I can't count the number of times I've been asked about my how I keep the pet polar bear from eating up the dog team while I'm relaxing in my igloo. While we all know that you have to keep the bears and the dogs on different sides of the home, why not have that home be an igloo, a variation at least.
My igloo would be built with a little chemistry and preformed molds so that a solution could be poured and instantly solidified for quick, easy, and cheap construction. Simple enough idea, but I liked it. Then, since it isn't actually ice, it could survive winter, spring, summer and fall and all you have to do is call for your own chemistry constructed igloo to be installed today.
So anyway, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the round of 20 finalists with this idea. There I was amongst all these amazing competitors with ideas of how to construct on unstable ground and how to recycle trash into concrete there I was with an igloo.
By the end of it I was not in the winner's circle, but it was a fun experience and now I can't tear the idea out of my head.
You may ask now, this is a writer's website right? No, it's my author's website and so it's about me. Nonetheless, I want there to be some kind of take away from this dear readers. I've come to this conclusion, the creativity of us writers does not only need to be limited to the page or to imagination. Our creativity can take us anywhere and into any field. I don't need to remind anyone of how science fiction has given birth to real life technology and such ideas are not limited to the past. So, readers and fellow writer's, go forth to create and innovate in every form wherever life may take you.