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Universe of Threats – Essay Contests

CAPTRS is building a simulation gaming catalog – CAPTRS Universe of Threats – to address our collective failure of imagination in preparing for future threats. These scenarios will be used to create varied and diverse simulation games to prepare for potential future threats.

The CAPTRS Universe of Threats catalog is being built using a collaboration of human storytelling and artificial intelligence. CAPTRS has completed three threat scenario writing contests, engaging creative writers worldwide in creating plausible threat scenarios for pathogen threats, infrastructure threats and natural disasters. All winning essays have been published on the CAPTRS website under the corresponding headings.

Pathogen Threat Contest (Contest dates: April 1-July 30, 2023)

This contest prompted applicants to submit a plausible pathogen emergence story and interdependent social, economic, political, environmental or technological forces that shape the unfolding threat.

Contest Closed – read winning entries

Infrastructure Threat Contest (Contest dates: August 1-October 15, 2023)

This contest prompts applicants to submit an original essay describing a threat scenario related to one or more of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors. Complex threat scenarios which include threats across multiple infrastructure sectors are encouraged. Scenarios must be plausible and may explore interdependent social, economic, political, environmental or technological forces that shape the unfolding threat.

Contest Closed – read winning entries

Natural Disaster Threat Contest (December 1 – January 31)

This contest prompts applicants to submit an original essay describing a threat scenario related to natural disasters, including floods, wildfires, hurricanes and others.

Contest Closed – read winning entries