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What's your vision for the world after coronavirus?

openDemocracy and UCL are running an online competition for students to express their vision of what the world will be like after the Covid-19 pandemic.

18th June 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic raises many questions about how our societies are organised, and how public health challenges can be tackled. As governments struggle to protect lives and keep our economies afloat, ambitious ideas that once seemed improbable have suddenly become surprisingly plausible.

Now that everyone is thinking about what our post-lockdown future might look like, openDemocracy and UCL are teaming up to invite young people to have a say. We want to find and shout about the best ideas from the next generation for what should come next.

There are three categories – photography, video and written entries.

How to enter

Whatever your interest or background, we want to hear your thoughts. In particular, we're looking for ambitious ideas about how governments, citizens, scientists, artists – or anyone else you think has a role to play – can shape a different and better future.

The competition is open to school, university and higher-education students over the age of 14.

The competition closes on 10 July 2020.


The grand prize includes £200 in book vouchers and a bespoke training opportunity with either openDemocracy or UCL that may take the form of a mini-fellowship, work experience, or placement in line with the winner’s area of interest. The People’s Choice winner will receive £100 in book vouchers and runners-up will receive £50 in book vouchers.

All winners and runners-up will receive a personal mentoring/career advice session with one of our expert judges and their entries will be published on openDemocracy’s website.

More details and how to enter