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Communications and Marketing

2017 World in 2050 winners announced

The winners and runners-up for Lake Forest College’s The World in 2050 competition were announced at the Student Symposium’s closing ceremony on April 11 and were invited to perform or screen their winning work.

The winners best answered the question: what will the world of the future hold at the half-century mark? Top finishers were Jacob Badagliacco ’19 followed by Camille Lemieux ’17. 

Badagliacco created a video project on a topic he deems most important for the world’s future: climate change. In “The Pendulum Planet: 2050,” Badagliacco interviews Lake Forest College students and faculty on how they perceive climate change affecting the world today and in the future. 

Lemieux’s “TwentyFifty” is an online choice adventure game in which the player can live through a day of their life in 2050. Lemieux created the game using Twine, an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories, and taught herself HTML and CSS code in the process. 

Honorable mentions for the competition included “Memetic Drift” by Schuyler Kogan ’18, “Mom, look at my drawing!” by Sanni Lindroos ’17, “Why Falling in Love in 2050 Means Attacking the Planet” by Jose Bernardo Reyes Facio ’18, and “Down the Road” by Max Spehlmann ’17. All honorable mention recipients were awarded $100. 

The competition was judged by a panel of Lake Forest College faculty and trustees, and the winning entries were included in a College time capsule curated by Associate Professor of Communication Linda Horwitz as part of her spring 2017 course Rhetoric and Public Memory.

“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.”

The competition will reopen next year, so students are encouraged to begin thinking about their own submissions in 2018. 


— Sophie Mucciaccio ’19