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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?

“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 will offer a chance for select high school students to participate.

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

Prizes for the winners are generous: $2,500 for 1st place, $1,500 for 2nd place, and $1,000 for 3rd place. 

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 category–high school and college student–will be judged by a panel of Lake Forest College faculty and Trustees. 

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

“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 noisewhat 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.