Emory AI Dream Competition

The next issue of Emory Magazine delves into the deep world of artificial intelligence (AI), which touches virtually every human endeavor today, including art. So, when the magazine staff started to brainstorm cover concepts, we knew what we had to do: Create a cover using AI art tools. To make it even more compelling, we wanted to get Emory students — of all artistic skill levels — involved in the process to see what they could create. 

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About This Contest

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Using the AI-driven Dream app by Wombo — a viral hit late last year — we want you to use your creativity and critical thinking to create cover art for Emory Magazine. The interface is simple: All you have to do is come up with a handful of keywords related to AI (for example, algorithm, computer, deep learning, brain, etc.) and match them with the Dream app’s artistic styles and then let the AI do its thing.   

By downloading the free app to your phone – strongly recommended over the desktop version – you can sign up to create unlimited iterations (using your unlimited imagination). Here’s the catch: You may have to do it a few times to get something that truly looks good. You can make and save as many versions as you want, but we only want ONE image entered.  

Submit your entry to us before 5 p.m. EST March 31, 2022, and it will be entered for a chance to win the $300 cash grand prize and to be featured in the upcoming issue of Emory Magazine (which reaches more than 120,000 Emory alumni). Winning selection(s) will be made on or around April 11.

Sample magazine covers

Dream by WOMBO Instructions

Dream by WOMBO is an app that uses artificial intelligence to take human input and create unique digital art.  

While a basic version of Dream is available online at wombo.art, for the purpose of this contest, it’s strongly recommended that contestants download and use the Dream app. Only the app will allow you to upload a photo the app will use as the basis for its creative process.  

(Note: WOMBO Dream is not a sponsor of this contest.)

Download & Install

Download the Dream app from either the App Store or Google Play. Install on your smart phone. (You may also use wombo.art, as mentioned above, but the app has more features.) 

Create an Account

Open the app and follow the process to create an account. Having an account will allow you to save your creations to download or share later. It will also be key to successfully submitting your artwork to the contest.  

Easy AS 1, 2, 3

To begin your first creation, hit the + sign.  

On the Create page, there are three steps: 1) enter prompt, 2) choose art style, and 3) input image. (These steps can be done in any order.)  

1 – Prompt  

The prompt can be a single word or several. By supplying a prompt, you give the system the basis with which to build. For the contest, we are interested in seeing what kind of art an AI-based system would create based on words about AI – for example data mining, analytics, deep learning, cybernetics, etc. The way the program works, if you enter “digital communications,” Dream will mix in styles and motifs related to what it finds when it runs a search. Try a variety of prompts and see what the results are!  

2 – Art Style  

Dream has 17 build-in styles, each one designed to transform an image into the colors, forms, brush stroke, pencil style, or other characteristics of an art style, whether that’s Steampunk or Salvador Dali or Etching. Play around with styles and see how the same image will be transformed completely by the choice of style.  

3 – Image  

Hit “Select Image” and you will be shown a gallery. There is small a built-in section of “suggested images,” but for the purpose of this contest, we ask users to select something that’s on your phone or that you get using the camera function.   

Select you image, center it as you'd prefer it to be cropped, and hit Next. 

Now you can decide how strongly you want the final artwork to be influenced by the image. A slider presents a “fuzziness” scale that allows “Weak,” “Normal” and “Strong” settings. It's up to you what setting you choose. 

Note: While Step 3 is optional within the app, for the purpose of this contest it’s strongly recommended that an image be used as the basis. Otherwise, the app will create images entirely at random based solely on the prompt and art style. (However it's up to the creator.) 

Create, Save and Share

Once you are ready, hit the Create button and watch Dream do its magic! The rendering will initially be vague but at last will resolve itself.   

If you would like to submit your artwork to the contest, it’s important to follow this process:  

  1. Below the image, you will see an option to name the artwork. Filling this out is optional.  

  2. Below the image you'll see the prompt. The default is to show the prompt below the image. We recommend the default, but it’s not required, so you can uncheck that option is you prefer.  

  3. VERY IMPORTANT: Click on the Download symbol on the top right and at the prompt, click “Download as Original.” This will give you an image file how high enough quality to submit to the content. (You can also download the image in the size needed for a phone background.)   

  4. Also IMPORTANT: The Publish option will let you save your creation to your gallery. We strongly recommend this because if you image is chosen a winner, WOMBO will be able to extract it from your account as produce a high-resolution image that will work for the purposes of the print magazine. 

  5. The Share button will give you option for sharing just as you would anything else on your phone. (Remember: to get the right size image to enter the contest, use the Download as Original option.  

That's it! We encourage trying out many different prompts, art styles and images. When you find one you love, submit it using this form.

Copyright Information

With WOMBO Dream, creators have full freedom over their artwork and are free to distribute or share them for personal, entertainment, or educational reasons. For commercial use, WOMBO Dream should be credited for the generation of the artwork in some prominent way.

Official Rules 


The Emory Magazine Student AI Cover Competition is open to all Emory University students. To qualify, each entrant must submit their active student ID numbers as proof that they are a current student. Additionally, students will also be asked to provide their official university email address as further proof they are enrolled. Emory faculty and staff are ineligible to participate in the competition, as are entrants from outside the institution.   


Artwork must be created through Wombo without further editing, and be a student’s original artwork.  

Competition Entry Period

This promotion begins March 17 2022 at 12:00 pm EST and ends on March 31, 2022 at 5:00 pm EST. To be eligible for the competition, entries must be received within the specified Entry Period. Winning selection(s) will be made on or around April 11.

Agreement to Rules

The winning entry for the competition will be featured in the magazine and might be on the cover of Emory’s Magazine, depending on the circumstance. The creator of the winning entry will receive $300. By entering the competition, the Entrant (“You”) agrees to abide by the Sponsor’s Official Rules and decisions, which are fully and unconditionally binding in all respects. The Sponsor reserves the right to refuse, withdraw, or disqualify any entry at any time at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. By entering this competition, you warrant and represent that you are eligible to participate based on eligibility requirements explained in the Official Rules. You also agree to accept the decisions of the Sponsor as final and binding as it relates to the content of the competition.  

Ownership Rights

Acceptance of the prize constitutes permission for Emory to publish, post online, or otherwise refer to the name of the winner in any and all forms and media throughout the world, and for any and all publicity, promotional, or other institutional purposes.  Acceptance of the prize also constitutes assignment to Emory of ownership of all rights in the artwork, cover, and any other materials submitted (“Submitted Materials”) and irrevocable, worldwide permission for Emory to publish, post online, and otherwise reproduce, distribute, disseminate, and use Submitted Materials in any and all forms and media throughout the world, and for any and all publicity, promotional, or institutional purposes.  By participating in the contest, each contestant represents and warrants that all Submitted Materials are such contestant’s original work and do not infringe or otherwise violate the rights of any third party. 


The Sponsor is Emory University’s Communication and Marketing department, located at 1762 Clifton Road, NE – Atlanta, GA 30322, Suite 1000. The sponsor will conduct the competition substantially as described in these Official Rules.  

How to Enter

Limit one (1) entry per person, for the duration of the competition Entry Period, regardless of method of entry. Entries received from any person in excess of the stated limitation will be void. All entries become legally allowed to be used for the Sponsor’s usage in any marketing form, with accreditation to the winner. 


Entry Form

To enter, you must use the entry form hosted by Google Forms.

For questions or to report technical issues on the form, email emorycommunications@gmail.com.