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The Week contest - Tech maladies
Employees at high-tech start-up firms are complaining of extreme burnout, thanks to 16-hour work days, relentless deadlines, and overwhelming stress — all in hopes they’ll someday join the ranks of Silicon Valley billionaires. 
High-tech, high-burnout.
High-tech, high-burnout.
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elcome to The Week's "What Next?" contest, an invitation to test your powers of imagination with challenges inspired by current events.

Click here for the results of the previous contest: Obvious passwords

Last week's question: Employees at high-tech start-up firms are complaining of extreme burnout, thanks to 16-hour work days, relentless deadlines, and overwhelming stress — all in hopes they'll someday join the ranks of Silicon Valley billionaires. We asked you to come up with a name for this malady.

THE WINNER: Appleplexy
Steve Mairella, Nutley, NJ

SECOND PLACE: Walking Newmoneya
Ann Martin, Bracknell, Berkshire, UK

THIRD PLACE: dot.coma
Mithra Busler, Bloomfield, NJ

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Cybermyalgia
Herman Waltzer, Alabaster, AL

Stockhope Syndrome
Colleen Ryan, Austin, TX

Genius Envy
Barry Cutler, Palm Desert, CA

iStrain
John Besnard, Irvine, CA

IPOchondria
Kirk Allbright, Severna Park, MD

Working Pneumonia
Edmund Conti, Raleigh, NC

Cyberiberi
Jeffrey Contompasis, Ashburn, VA

Lou Google’s Disease
Justin Turetsky, New York, NY

Nerd Flu
Mike Paul, Carrboro, NC

Nerdous Breakdown
Gary Anderson, Santa Rosa, CA

Megabitis
Tom Haydock, Hartland, CT

Megahurts
Assaf Sadeh, Santa Cruz, CA

Floppy Drive
Dave Hall, Pittsfield, MA

Keystroke
Barbara Haynes, New York, NY

Congenital Start Failure
Janine Witte, New Hope, PA

Control Alt Deleasles
Cali Preston, Perry Hall, MD

Appsphyxia
Raven Deerwater, Mendocino, CA

Siliconnaires' Disesae
Diane Wise, Oro Valley, AZ

Moneynucleosis
Victor Cohen, Leland, NC

Restless Pay Syndrome
Philip Wells, Canton, OH

Obsessive Competitive Disorder
Janice Agagas, Milton, FL

Techycardia
Marilyn McGriff, Cambridge, MN

QUARKilepsy
Paul Witte, New Hope, PA

Quicken Pox
John Walsh, Mercer Island, WA

Code Sore
Paul Tartaglia, Moretown, VT

Dell's Palsy
John Fisher, Fulton, MO

Zuckered Out
Rita Wechter, Price, UT

Incurable Optimism
Dawn Rogala, Alexandria, VA

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