Futurists Open Contest for World-Changing Inventions

The World Future Society, a nonprofit scientific and educational organization, has issued a call for inventions, innovations, and breakthrough startups to showcase in the second annual Futurists: BetaLaunch expo in Toronto next July. Futurists: BetaLaunch (or F:BL) serves as a technology petting zoo where engineers, designers and others can present their inventions to the 1,000 futurists expected to gather for the Society's annual conference.

The inaugural F:BL event in 2011, co-produced with 1x57 and sponsored by Disruptathon, was a huge success. "Futurists presented Bold Visions at the BetaLaunch expo in Vancouver," said Eric Mack of BYTE magazine, published by Information Week. The conference was also covered in the Vancouver Sun and by CBC Canada, MarketWatch, and Xinhua News, the largest news agency in the People's Republic of China.

Founded in 1966 as a nonprofit educational and scientific organization in Washington, D.C., the World Future Society has members in more than 80 countries around the world. Individuals and groups from all nations are eligible to join the Society and participate in its programs and activities

The Society holds a two-day, international conference once a year where participants discuss foresight techniques and global trends that are influencing the future. Previous conference attendees have included future U.S. President Gerald Ford (1974), Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy (1975), behavioral psychologist B.F. Skinner (1984), age-wave expert Ken Dychtwald (2005), U.S. comptroller general David M. Walker (2006) and inventor Ray Kurzweil (2010). Others in attendance typically include business leaders, government officials, scientists, corporate planners, and forecasters from across the globe.

The Futurists: BetaLaunch showcase will be held in conjunction with WorldFuture 2012: Dream. Design. Develop. Deliver, the annual conference of the World Future Society, at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 27-29, 2012.

All inventors selected to present their inventions at F:BL will receive a complimentary registration to the WorldFuture 2012 conference ($750 value). Travel costs are the responsibility of each inventor.

For more information, visit: www.wfs.org/content/worldfuture-2012/futurists-betalaunch-2012

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