The essence of the Ig Nobel Prizes—bringing attention to things so surprising that they make people laugh, then think—continues to spread and grow. Institutions and countries are using it as a way to celebrate and encourage innovation.
KAIST, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, has created a competition inspired by the Igs. The news site CORE reports:
Lee Kwang-hyung, president of KAIST, said, “The ‘Annals of Improbable Research’, a humor science magazine at Harvard University, awards the ‘Ig Nobel Prize’ every year for absurd and bizarre research. Judging from numerous examples, scientific and technological innovation starts from breaking away from the frame of stereotypes and common sense. We will continue the challenging and experimental spirit of KAIST by putting into practice the groundbreaking and innovative ideas proposed by the people.” …
KAIST is making a Korean version of the Ig Nobel Prize. The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST, KAIST) announced on the 11th that it would hold the ‘KAIST Crazy Day Idea Contest’, which discovers challenging tasks that can be implemented with the suggestions of the people.
This extends a happy trend. In China, the Pineapple Prize was created some years ago in homage to the Ig Nobel Prizes, and has been honoring crazily innovative ideas every year.