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The World in 2050 Competition

The popular competition, back for a second year, challenges students to imagine the future—what will the world hold at the half-century mark?

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“The World in 2050” is back for the second year!

Following a successful 2017 debut competition open to Lake Forest College students, the 2018 competition has expanded into two groups:

1) College division: Lake Forest College students competing against each other. 

2) High school division: High school students from Highland Park High School, Deerfield High School, and Lake Forest High School competing against each other.

The competition asks participants to produce responses to the following question—what will the world of the future hold at the half-century mark?

Prizes for the winners in each group are generous: $2,500 for 1st place, $1,500 for 2nd place, and $1,000 for 3rd place. Students may enter solo, or in groups of up to four students.

The prompt is open-ended—your response might be an imaginative speculation of what music will sound like, the risks and rewards of artificial super-intelligence, likely directions in demographics and politics, or a meditation on how the world we live in now may be changed. 

The competition in each group—high school and college student—will be judged by a panel of Lake Forest College faculty and Trustees and representatives from the participating high schools.

The competition will open on December 1, 2017, and close to submissions on March 1, 2018. Stay tuned for details on how to submit.

The winners and runners-up will be announced at an awards ceremony in Lake Forest on April 10, 2018, where they will be invited to perform or screen their selected work at the close of the annual Lake Forest College Student Symposium.

“Whether it is sports, technology, music, or economics, anticipating the future helps one to affect the future,” notes Lake Forest College Trustee Liam Connell, sponsor of the contest. “Short-term changes are often noise  what are important are long-term changes. That is why we want to look out to 2050, and beyond. Four years is an election cycle,  but  a generation from now, that is the  real  future.”

Read about the 2017 winners from Lake Forest College.