This year, for the first time, Hungarian students are offered the opportunity to EdisonKids an initiative launched with the support of Samsung, based on a successful program worldwide Solutions for tomorrow challenge. The program is looking for the country’s most innovative schools, teachers, and students between the ages of 12 and 18 who want to answer the most important questions of the present with solutions for the future. The initiative aims to give space to young talent and show how they think about technological development, awareness or community creation. The application has already started, teams can compete until March 15th for the main prize worth a total of HUF 1.5 million.
The program was invented for young people who always come up with something for themselves. Inventors, entrepreneurs and researchers of the future can now receive the support they deserve and work with expert help to solve the issue that is most important to them. This spring, the best ideas will play a leading role, with the aim of innovative solutions to problems in the youth environment and an exciting complement to school tasks that can provide valuable experiences for all participants. Solutions for Tomorrow can be challenged from anywhere in the country by teams of young people between the ages of 12 and 18 and their teachers. The best teams can also showcase their talents and thoughts in front of a jury of expert members and the public.
The challenge can be addressed from 23 February to 15 March 2021 with a unique problem statement that the teams can work out in detail in the coming months. The top 50 projects are supported by organizers with online workshops and trainings, where renowned professionals support the work of students. Based on the jury’s decision, the semi-finals will be entered by a team of eight best ideas, who will be able to mentor Samsung staff and expert partners to work on their solutions and participate in training to help design thinking.
The program was based on Samsung’s internationally successful Solve for Tomorrow, Solutions for Tomorrow initiative, which aims to develop creative thinking and problem-solving skills. In Hungary, for the first time this year, students can take the opportunity to develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) knowledge as well as their social skills, which are essential in the 21st century, such as critical thinking, teamwork, creativity, or solving unstructured problems. Many technologies, such as MI, IoT, or 5G, are built on these capabilities to determine everyday life in the future.
At the end of the three-month program, three winning teams will be selected by the jury members, whose work will become more widely known, and in addition to mentoring and support, they can also take home valuable prizes. The school of the first place team will be worth HUF 1 million and the members of the team will be able to choose new products from the Samsung Solutions tool list worth HUF 500,000, and the second and third place will share an additional prize worth HUF 1 million.
The jury also included opinion leaders and professionals who also inspired the younger generation. The main patron of the initiative, Dr. Bertalan Meskó, Medical Futurist, head of The Medical Futurist Institute, said: “I have wanted to be a researcher since I was a child. Now, 30 years later, my passion for science is the same. Seeing these students with their teacher on their side to solve science challenges means to me that science fiction can become a reality a little sooner to make our lives better. ” As a member of the jury, Balázs Kunos, the company’s vice-president, on behalf of Samsung Hungary, and Rita Veres, the strategic manager of Edisonplatform on behalf of EdisonKids, will also participate in the evaluation of the competitors. The members of the jury and the mentors involved in the program are constantly helping the work of the teams to come up with solutions at the end of the projects that really bring about change in the immediate environment of the young people.
„It is a great pleasure for us to launch the Solutions for Tomorrow challenge and thus support the talented Hungarian youth. As the company of the future, it is vital for us to help the growing generation realize their dreams, and this initiative will do just that. ” – said Samsó Zsófia, Communications Manager of Samsung Hungary. – “In order to reach the widest possible range of students, the help of EdisonKids, who have done a lot for young people in Hungary so they are really at home in their world, is extremely important.”
Rita Veres, representing EdisonKids, said: “We are excited about the challenge because we know that fantastic ideas are born when we also involve students in shaping the future. Moreover, perhaps the career of the next Hungarian inventor can start now. Together with Samsung, we are launching a future-shaping, intergenerational program in which, in addition to students, experts, mentors, we aim to track down and recognize “Edison Teachers.” Cool, enthusiastic, forward-looking faculty who are happy to work with their students on the challenges of the present.”