Winning projects of this year’s MOME Jump into the Future! Competition include solar panel mushrooms, a bug picking robot and an inclusive board game.
Complex, progressive, innovative and visually stunning designs were presented by the shortlisted teams of the Jump into the future! creative competition launched by the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design for teenage students. Judging by the entries, today’s teenagers have a clear understanding of the challenges facing us and are proactively preparing to address them.
Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (MOME) has relaunched last year’s highly successful creative competition for 7th to 10th graders, encouraging them to form teams of 2 to 5, picture what the future will be like and design items, activities or services around it together.
Late May, 10 teams were shortlisted by the pre-jury and were given the opportunity to improve their designs during July under the guidance of MOME mentors, namely, researchers, designers, theoreticians and design BA and MA students of the Doctoral School. The competition came to an end once a jury of five made its decision on 2 July, announcing the winning entries at the closing event held at the MOME auditorium.
This year’s jury members for the JUMP INTO THE FUTURE! competition:
● Pál Koós, MOME university professor, General Vice Rector
● Judit Bényei, MOME associate professor, head of MOME Design and Visual Art Teacher training programme at the Institute for Theoretical Studies
● Lāsma Ivaska, Director of MOME Innovation Center
● Jázmin Hollósi, MOME Media Design student
Participant in the pre-jury: Nóra Winkler, radio and television presenter, art journalist
“The outcome of the competition far exceeded our prior expectations. The teams and mentors demonstrated exemplary and inspiring collective working and thinking, showing that we can rely on young people when it comes to designing the future”, said chairman of the jury Pál Koós in his evaluation of the competition.
The first place went to Team Fawaris from Győr. Their solar panel mushroom for urban public spaces and bus stops is designed to collect rainwater, humidify and cleanse the air, and provide shade, in addition to generating renewable energy. Their design is intended to substantially reduce noise pollution and CO2 emissions, improve the mental health of city dwellers, and create new jobs by 2042.
As jury member Judit Bényei said commending the winning team, “Team Fawaris was the jury’s unequivocal choice for the first place, on account of the outstanding social significance of the challenge they wish to address and the necessity of the widespread use of alternative sources of energy. The project has moved forward considerably in the past weeks and was supported by a great deal of research. Intriguing though the initial concept was, a lot of vital and viable functions have been added to it.
Members of the team: Éva Eszter Varga, Dorina Losonczi, Nelli Szabó
School: SZC Baksa Kálmán Bilingual High School, Győr
Supporting adult: Rafaella Kurcsics
MOME mentors: Dóra Szentandrási architect and teacher, and Júlia Gunther architecture student
Team Future Perfect won second place with their BÜG bugs – robots using artificial intelligence. The bug-shaped robots are tasked with collecting harmful or invasive insects such as the Colorado potato beetle, as well as monitoring and coordinating garden ecosystems.
According to jury member Jázmin Hollósi, “The innovative concept realised is completely unparalleled, and the high level of execution demonstrated for their 3D models represents a truly genuine jump into the future.”
Members of the team: Ambrus Pap, Hanna Pap, Mihály Polyák
School: Francis II Rákóczi Primary School, Kazinczy Ferenc High School and Student Boarding House, Győr
Supporting adult: Vera Pólya
MOME mentors: Péter Wunderlich semiotician and Róbert Kristóffi Product Design student
The inclusive and collaborative board game based on the concepts of acceptance and climate crisis earned Team Wetess third place. The game requires players to work together to protect a city from natural disasters, using an interactive board and smart accessories to enable the participation of people with disabilities, mostly the visually impaired.
Lāsma Ivaska, the Latvian head of the MOME Innovation Center, described the project with the following words: “I liked it especially for focusing on an issue that receives little attention these days, namely the challenges faced by people with disabilities. Another appeal the concept has for me is its user-friendliness, making it ideal for playing at home with friends.”
Members of the team: Enikő Sándor, Gabriella Soós, Tamara Szögedi, Williams Szofi, Anna Réka Zsíros
School: Eszterházy Károly Catholic University Training Primary and Secondary Art School and Pedagogical Institute, Eger
Supporting adult: Eszter Igric
MOME mentors: Janka Csernák social design researcher and Nóra Szilágyi Product Design student.
The jury’s special prize went to Team Raven for their solution to the rampant energy crisis that is starting to reach critical proportions also in transportation with their fully eco-friendly car powered by headwind and propellers.
“We felt that this project deserved a special prize for its subject and the level of motivation demonstrated by the team members. There can be no question that the special prize would be a consultation opportunity with instructors of the new home of MOME’s long-standing vehicle design lab, the Mobility Design Lab”, said Chairman of the jury Pál Koós.
Members of the team: Viven Berecz, Rebeka Kreskai
School: Budapest Complex Center of Vocational Training Creative School
Supporting adult: Ágota Grábits
MOME mentors: Péter Wunderlich semiotician and Bulcsú Berzsák Product Design student
Board game based on the concepts of acceptance and climate crisis / WETESS (c) Ugrás a jövőbe! 2022, MOME
The special prize of the jury is mentoring provided by instructors of the newly opened MOME Mobility Design Lab, which can help further develop the team’s concept.
The sponsors of the JUMP INTO THE FUTURE! competition are Varinex Zrt, FreeDee Printing Solutions, Pagony Publishing House and FabLab Budapest.
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Cover :BÜG robot / Future Perfect (c) Ugrás a jövőbe! 2022, MOME