Discussions about the future of learning often leave out one crucial perspective: young people themselves.To highlight youth voices on this important topic, KnowledgeWorks is hosting a competition, Imagine FutureEd, in partnership with Teach the Future.

What is Imagine FutureEd?

Imagine FutureEd is an online design competition open to any U.S.-based young person age 13-18. Youth participants will be asked to submit a scenario (a story about the future) about the future of learning and will have the option of producing an accompanying artifact from the future (an illustration of an object or scene from a future world).

How will it work?

KnowledgeWorks will supply five custom (but optional) activities and supporting materials to guide the creation of submissions. Youth participants can work on their own, or with the support of an adult facilitator (educators or other adults who work with young people on the process). Participants do not have to use our activities to submit entries, but the judging rubric will be based on them.

How much time will it take?

The full set of activities is estimated to take approximately 2.5 hours. The activities are flexible and modular, and youth participants and adult facilitators can elect to use them in order as presented – either all at once or over time – adapt or remix them, or pick and choose activities from the set.

When will it take place?

The competition officially kicks off on February 20. Submissions will be due on the competition website by March 31. Winners will be notified and announced in May, and most submissions will be published in a back-to-school look book in fall of 2017.

Is there a fee to participate?

No, the competition is  completely free to adult facilitators and youth participants.

Will people win prizes?

Six submissions will be selected as winners: three scenarios and three artifacts from the future. Scenario winners will receive a 32GB iPad Air 2 and artifact winners will receive at $150 VISA gift card. One adult facilitator per winner will also receive a $100 VISA gift card; that person must be identified at the time of submission. Exact prizes will be announced soon. In addition, all submissions will be eligible to be published in a back-to-school lookbook in Fall 2017.

Who are the host organizations?

KnowledgeWorks is a nonprofit social enterprise committed to providing every learner with meaningful personalized learning experiences that ensure success in college, career and civic life. In addition to developing the capabilities of educators to implement and sustain competency-based and early college schools and partnering with federal, state and district leaders to remove policy barriers that inhibit the growth of personalized learning, we provide national thought leadership around the future of learning. Teach the Future is a nonprofit whose mission is to bring foresight and futures thinking to students and schools.

I still have questions. What should I do?

Full competition rules, details, and supporting materials can be found on this site. Sign up to express interest in the competition and to receive updates as they become available, or email imaginefutureed@knowledgeworks.org with specific questions.