Working for Qualcomm, I’ve enjoyed some amazing opportunities to visit numerous foreign countries and experience many diverse cultures over the years. And as different as we all are, I cannot help but notice the similarities. You can see kindness in people’s eyes whether you’re in Beijing or Brazil. The sound of laughter makes people smile whether you’re in Paris or Peru. Good music is enjoyed by people from New York to Nigeria.
However, there are other similarities that I’ve seen, and they concern me. People in just about every part of the world continue to struggle with issues like homelessness, hunger, pollution, broken education and public health systems — and countless others.
At Qualcomm, we believe in working together to solve challenges. And we have a history of working with our global partners to innovate mobile technologies that have the power to improve people’s lives. As part of our mission, we’ve engaged in a number of initiatives designed to address some of the challenging issues mentioned here.
As you know, in order to solve big problems, you first have to identify and understand them. That’s why we’re so pleased to be a part of The Economist’s World in 2012 Festival, an event where people from many different walks of society come together to talk about the future and propose solutions for answering some of the biggest challenges facing our world.
You don’t have to be a captain of industry or a player on the world stage to have your voice heard. The Pictures of Tomorrow contest provides people everywhere with a forum for bringing attention to the issues that matter to their community.
To enter, use your mobile device (phone or tablet) to take a picture or video (no longer than 30 seconds) of what you think is the biggest challenge/issue facing your community in 2012. With your picture write a brief description (no more than 250 words) of how the image illustrates an immediate problem or opportunity to fix something in your local community in the year 2012.
Then, text or email your entry by October 31 to PicturesOfTomorrow@economist.com. .
The winner will be invited to present his/her winning image at The Economist’s World in 2012 Festival in New York City on December 3rd.
You can learn more about this contest at www.worldin2012.economist.com
Working together, we can begin to solve some of the common issues we all face. It may take time, but through efforts like these, we really can make a difference in the world in 2012 — and beyond.