Essay Contest-Primary Role of Technology is to Improve Humanity

From Coder Merlin
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— Merlin, The Coder

CoderMerlin Writing Contest


  • You must be a currently enrolled high-school student (grade 9, 10, 11, or 12) at a bona-fide high school
    • You must have a school email address provided by your school using the same domain as your high school
    • We must be able to verify both your email address and the web site of your high school
  • Entering this contest constitutes agreement to having your name and essay published on  Coder Merlin™ 's website.  Coder Merlin™  reserves the right to make minor edits to essays before publication on our website.


  • The prize for first place is $250.00 (two hundred and fifty USD)
  • Prizes will be paid via Paypal 2014 logo.png so you must have a PayPal account


  1. Create a  Coder Merlin™  Shell Account at Merlin Shell Access Application
  2. Verify your email address

Specific Contest Rules[edit]

  • Write an article which addresses the assertion "The Primary Role of Technology is to Improve Humanity"
    • Include at least three (each) of pros and cons related to the pervasiveness of technology and its impact on humanity
  • The article must be between 2,000 and 3,000 words in English
  • It must include at least five references to online resources. Be sure to include each reference in a bibliography.
  • You must submit your essay in a PDF by emailing to All wiki rules apply.
  • You must include at the very top of your essay:
    • Your full name
    • Your verified email address
    • Your shell account name (which you will receive by email after applying for a shell account)
  • Your entry must be received prior to midnight EST, 22-January-2021.
  • Finalists will be required to create a wiki User page which contains:
    • Full name OR first name and last initial
    • Color picture OR school-appropriate avatar (Avatar Maker)
    • School name and location
    • Referring teacher(s) name(s) (if applicable)
    • At least one paragraph about yourself
    • Harvard has a useful guide describing how to create a User page here. Be sure that you create your page on  Coder Merlin™ 's wiki. If you need any help, please don't hesitate to contact us via a Support Ticket.
  • Entries will be judged by Dr. Larry Lapide between 22-January-2021 and 15-February-2021.
  • The prize will be awarded no later than midnight, EST, 15-February-2021.
  • The decision of judges is final.