Nebula Essay Competition

Theme: Technology's potential for greater gender equality and women’s empowerment


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Students and professionals are invited to participate in the first Nebula essay competition. The purpose of this competition is to encourage and inspire female students and professionals to explore how technology can be deployed to the betterment of our lives. The essay should specifically focus on technology’s potential for greater gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Contestants may write on any topic at the intersection of technology and gender equality.
- How digital fluency and access to technology can lead to gender equality
- How STEM programs and open-source education can help upskill and empower women
- Why/How the tech industry solves different problems if women played more leading roles.


1. The competition is open to Bahrain female university students (undergraduate and graduate). Students may be enrolled in any accredited school, college, or university in Bahrain or abroad.

2. Young female professionals and all women over the age of 18 with an appetite for tech are also eligible and will compete in a separate category.


1. Essays must be individually authored and only one entry per person is allowed

2. Essays should be written in the form of a critical and/or analytical paper that discusses the topic and reflects the author’s own ideas, interests, and insights.

3. Finalists will have the opportunity to discuss their essays with the judging panel. Plagiarism will not be tolerated, and any plagiarized entries will be automatically disqualified.

4. Essays must be submitted online through

5. No late submissions will be accepted.

6. Essays must be written English.

7. Essays should be no more than 2,000 words in length.

8. Essays should be typed and double-spaced, in an easily readable font (such as Arial or Times New Roman), with 1” margins.

9. Essays must include a complete bibliography, if applicable. The bibliography and/or footnotes will not count towards the word limit.

10. All pages must include the title of the essay and page numbers.


- In order to ensure objectivity, each essay will be given a reference number on receipt of the essay which will then be used throughout the judging process.
- The submissions will first be filtered by a preliminary judging panel then sent for consideration by the final judges.

- The Essays will be judged based on the following criteria

1. Focus and main point

2. Support and argument

3. Organization and format

4. Content effectiveness, language use and style

5. Neatness and structure

6. References


One winner from each category will be given the opportunity to attend the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington DC on June 20-21, 2018 and spend time with members of the AWS executive team, as well as an opportunity to meet the team of C5 PeaceTech Accelerator.


HOW TO ENTER. The entry period begins at 3:00:00 P.M. Arabian Standard Time on April,9, 2018 and ends at 11:59:59 P.M. (AST) on April 30, 2018 (“Entry Period”). To enter, during the Entry Period go to (link) and you will be directed to complete an entry.


Each winner will be responsible for issuing their own visa and travel insurance. Each winner agrees (for himself or herself and his or her heirs) that, by accepting a prize, we, along with each of our respective, partners, sponsors and affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, officers, employees and assigns, and all Contest judges (collectively, “Released Parties”), will have no liability, and will be held harmless by the winner for any liability, loss, injury or damage to property or person, including death, and reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, by reason of the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize or participation in the Contest, even if caused or contributed to by the negligence of any of the Released Parties. Released Parties are also not responsible for any unauthorized third-party use or dispute with respect to the Submission Materials.