The JUMP INTO THE FUTURE idea competition is back!

Date: 2023.01.27
What will life be like in 2043? Artificial intelligence, environmental changes, new means of transportation and life forms... What will the future bring? How do tweens today imagine the world to be 20 years from now? These are the questions that the creative JUMP INTO THE FUTURE! competition seeks answers to in 2023 as well, encouraging teenagers from Hungary and the other side of the border to share their ideas about the future. From 27 January, the idea competition of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) is open for applications.

“Fire up your rockets and create a design that can become a reality by 2043! We believe that all change starts with a bright idea”, so goes the call for applications. The competition is inviting applications from 7th to 10th graders, presenting how they imagine the future to be, and what they think the world would be like 20 years from now. MOME’s initiative is designed to show that design is a mindset that anyone can develop and shape the future. 

The competition that has been running 3 years in a row has enjoyed great popularity among the students: in 2022 there were over 400 applicants. Last year’s winning projects included solar panel mushrooms, bug picking robots and an inclusive board game, and the entries submitted far exceeded the expectations of both the jury and the organisers.  

The competition offers a unique opportunity not just for teamwork, but also for learning design thinking. Teams of 2-5 should apply, and teams proceeding to the second round are supported by teachers of the university as mentors throughout the intensive preparation lasting for several months. The best entries are selected by a jury of illustrious experts at the end of the second round. The winners will receive various valuable awards in addition to the main prize – a MakerBot Sketch 3D printer. 

“It is paramount for our university to understand how this generation thinks, what they are interested in, what copying mechanisms they employ and how we can help them further develop their skills and sensitivity”, said curator and project lead of the competition Dóra Szentandrási. The teamwork required will give each student with different interests and levels of knowledge the chance to work together, brainstorm and contribute what they enjoy and are good at doing. 

Whether it is graphics, short film, animation, photo, service, product, or architectural concept, MOME welcomes all creative ideas about the future. Submitted entries must be created using analogue, digital or mixed technology (for a detailed description see the website). The teams registering for the competition will be able to participate in a preparatory programme that provides help for producing the entries. The video of last year’s winning entries and the programme itself is available here. 

By completing the registration form, teams can submit entries by 15 March 2023 through the website of the competition

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