Next Big Thing Scholarship Winners

Nearly $500K in Unigo scholarships awarded, and we're not stopping there!

We're excited to announce the winners of the Unigo Next Big Thing Scholarship.

“If you could create the 'next big thing' what would it be, what would it do, and why is it needed?”

For the innovative scholarship seekers, our Next Big Thing Scholarship gives students the opportunity to put on their thinking caps and let the sky be the limit. See our past winners and their scholarship responses below.

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2013 Winner

Thomas G. Chicago, IL

Major: Mathematics

We live in an era where “the next big thing” is always around the corner. Like moths to a flame, we are drawn to the latest shiny gadgets, which have a wide variety of applications. They provide countless sources of stimulation, ranging from time-wasting games such as Angry Birds and Temple Run, to social networking sites like MyBook and FaceSpace. While the Droids and the Apples may seem like luxury items which can only bring good, they are fundamentally flawed.

When it is first released, everyone is awed by “the next big thing.” However, it does not take long before the object becomes obsolete, and a new, better model arrives to take its place. What society needs is not something that has a planned date of expiration. It needs something that can be used for the next thousand years without getting old.

I envision a device that can stimulate all of the senses. Once the user is jacked in and booted up, they enter an abstract world, in which anything is possible. For example, the user can create music simply through will, or they can recreate the most treasured of memories. The potential uses for this device are without limit. As a result, it would never lose its popularity.

The inquisitive reader may wonder, “But how would one create such an amazing contraption?” The answer is simple, really. It already exists. I like to call it The Human Mind. Appreciate it, and use it with care. The possibilities are endless.

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