Toshibas Get the Disk game competition heats up as entries flood in

Toshiba Europe Storage Device Division has announced that entry numbers to its Get the Disk game competition has already surpassed expectations, creating a close contest for contestants.

The competition for players of Toshibas Get The Disk computer game has so far demonstrated true design flair amongst contestants who come from engineering, electronic and design backgrounds across Europe. 

The design competition forms an important part of Toshibas ongoing activity to promote the benefits of hard disk drive technology for implementation in industrial scenarios such as CCTV, automated manufacturing, retail point of sale (POS) machines and aerospace equipment. 

Designed by a team of highly-gifted artists from major gaming companies and animation projects including German film, Sissy und der Wilde Kaiser, the game requires players to take on the role of an unlikely hero tasked with saving the world from baddie, Dr. Evil. Dr Evil is plotting to release a virus onto the worlds computer systems and using only a trusted Toshiba hard disk drive (HDD), players must guide the hero through several tasks and challenges and then design a storage device that will save the world from destruction. 

The winning designer will receive a Toshiba Qosmio G50 HD laptop. The winning design will also have the opportunity to be considered for product development assessment by one of Toshibas manufacturing partners, with the designer retaining all intellectual property and royalty rights. In addition, all competition entrants will receive a "Get the Disk Kit. The concept designs will be judged by a panel of executives from some of the worlds leading IT and consumer brands, including leading design group, Seymour Powell, based on their real-world applications and marketability.

David Fisher, Design Judge, Seymour Powell, said: Technology is becoming increasingly ubiquitous, wireless and all around us. Data capture as part of this seamless and intelligent-network could possibly have a unique paradigm-shifting presence in our society. What should this look like? I am very excited about how the social responsibility of storing people's personal data will be approached by design through this competition.

Martin Larsson, Vice President and General Manager, Toshiba Storage Device Division, added: This competition gives designers and engineers the chance to unleash their creativity and help shape of future of HDD in the industrial sector. It also gives us the opportunity to learn from the people who will be tomorrows engineering design geniuses.

To enter the competition and for more information, designers should go to and take part in the online game Get The Disk. To access the game and receive further details of the competition and entry requirements, all you need to do is register your name and contact details.

The deadline for entries is 31 September, 2008.

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