by Chi Ibe
challengefuture is a Global Youth Think Tank, based in Slovenia, that is creating a community of talentand ideas for a world that works for all. Through future thinking and global collaboration, challengefuture inspires tomorrow’s talent and ideas and connect them with today’s opportunities. At the heart of the think tank’s efforts is the challengefuture GLOBAL STUDENT INNOVATION COMPETITION – the leading worldwide web-based contest for youth built on the principles of open innovation, and open collaboration. The competition concludes with a face-to-face challengefuture summit in Slovenia; a life-changing event connecting the most innovative youth, pioneering businesses, policy leaders and other change makers in dialogue, reflection, and action.
challengefuture has grown to a community of over 14,000 students from 200 countries and 991 countries in the last year – thus launching the initiative called challengefuture chapters. A need to welcome on board the continent Africa filled with youth possessing ideas that could result to the next-big thing has led to a partnership between the network and Nigeria’s most respect national youth organisation, The Future Project (Nigeria) to launch the Nigerian chapter.
“The maiden edition 2009/2010 focused on the future of connecting, with focus on the future of Transportation, Communication, Health, Media, and Prosperity,” said Nubi Kayode, a representative from challengefuture, working with the TFP team. “It was an amazing competition which brought about ideas that challenged the future. A new metro Interior design to cut down idle time by 25% by modifying the door-system, seating arrangement and seat designs won the grand prize. This is an incredible opportunity for the Nigerian youth to not only have internal collaborations with fellow Nigerians but with the rest of world in shaping ideas.”
The theme for this year is Fun + Meaning2 = 2030; a focus on the future of Fun. “Looking at the challenges we have in the world today – water scarcity, food shortages, economic crisis, uprisings in the Arabic world, and so on, one may wonder why Fun would be on anybody’s mind,” said Kenneth Oliko, Communication Coordinator for TFP.” But, if we pause to look at what embedding meaningful fun in creating, design, volunteering, working, and other areas of life, would do, then the world can only become a better place. A good example of an initiative that has taken advantage of meaningful fun is the TED Conferences.”
So, up to 24 March 2011, youths – student and non-students – can join the community by simply registering on http://challengefuture.org, and also form teams in accordance with the rules which can also be found on the website. These teams would then work on an idea based on the future of fun in any area of life – education, sports, community development, health, volunteering, working, examination (assessment system), etc. Information on the timeline and FAQs is also on the website.
Further information is available on www.thefuturenigeria.com, and inquiries can be made to any of the below contacts: [email protected]; 081 8062 6816 or 080 2620 2349. Don’t forget – the deadline is on 24 March so apply now!