Australians given the chance to 'make' their dream in a world-first competition

Friday, 29 January, 2010

Have you ever wished your car could drive under water, or that your alarm clock woke you, but not your partner? Or that there was no longer a need for people to rely on wheelchairs?

From 16 February 2010, in a world-first competition, Australians will be called upon to visit a dedicated website to share their dream, wish or idea and one lucky person will have it ‘made so’.

The unique competition is a part of a new public awareness campaign by Engineers Australia that aims to lift the curtain on what engineers actually do, by involving everyday Australians in the world of engineering in a fun and entertaining way.

The campaign is based on the notion that engineers and engineering teams ‘make it so’ by listening to what
people want and communities need and turn these wishes into reality. From bridges to Blackberrys, drinking
water to the Water Cube and plastic knees to petrol-free cars - engineers make it so.

Throughout February, ideas, dreams and wishes people would like to be made so will be submitted via the
website. Visitors to the site will be able to view every idea that has been sent in and vote for, or comment
on, entries. Engineers Australia will then select the most interesting and valuable submission and one idea
will be made so by an engineering team.

“The ideas, wishes and dreams submitted can be simple or profound, lofty or practical. No idea is too big or
too small. From ‘make it so my couch heats during winter’ to ‘make it so I can fly to the moon’ - any dreams
can be submitted and we urge all Australians to get involved,” said Peter Taylor, Chief Executive, Engineers Australia.

For more details, visit: www.makeitso.org.au.

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