Another exciting opportunity for students of creative disciplines from all over Europe has opened up with a new student competition titled ‘Second Life of Things in Design’. The competition is conceived by two major international organisations: BE OPEN, a humanitarian foundation set up by the richest woman of Russia Elena Baturina, and Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media.

Any student studying a creative discipline at a European university can now submit a project that corresponds to the theme of sustainability and recycling, to get a chance to scoop the main prize of €10,000.

The entries are expected to demonstrate a creative, design-oriented take on the problems of sustainability, wiser production and consumption.

The competition is open for entries up till January 31, 2020. The entries will then be reviewed by an international jury panel to first enter the long-list, then the short-list of top submissions.

The finalists’ works will be exhibited in Rome in a fancy art location for a few days prior to the awards ceremony where the winners will be announced.

There are three money prizes in stock: the top one of €10,000 will be allocated by the jury, and two more of €2,000 each by Elena Baturina and general public in an online vote on social media.

Both BE OPEN and Cumulus have a long history of awards and competition programmes for students and young professionals in the creative industry, and now BE OPEN and Cumulus have joined forces to develop this big and important project based on SDG12, one the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals adopted by all United Nations Member States as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

SDG 12 is devoted to responsible consumption and production and looks for solutions to reduce our ecological footprint by changing the way we produce and consume goods and resources. BE OPEN and Cumulus have turned to younger generation of creatives for these solutions, as both the organisations strongly believe in their potential and ability to look at the world with fresh eyes and to come up with ideas no one has found before.

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