Future Lions To 'Rise' At This Year's Competition

In partnership with the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, AKQA is hosting Future Lions for the ninth year in a row. This year's theme "Rise" encourages students to ascend to greatness and create the future.

The Future Lions competition challenges students to come up with an idea that was not possible five years ago for a brand of their choosing. There are no rules in terms of media or technology, and no specifics around product, service or target audience. The deadline for entries is April 21.

Winning ideas will be honored at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity on Wednesday, June 18, in the Grand Audi Theatre at Les Palais des Festivals.

"Future Lions is an incredible opportunity for students to demonstrate their creativity on the industry's most prestigious global stage," said Rei Inamoto, VP/Chief Creative Officer of AKQA.

Last year, the competition received than 1,500 entries from 40 countries. The five global student teams submitting the best ideas will win registration to the Festival in Cannes, France, June 15-21, 2014, and be honored with a Future Lions Cub trophy designed by AKQA.

Future Lions will also recognize the Future Lions School of the Year: the individual school achieving the most student submissions to reach the final round. In 2013, for the third consecutive year, the Miami Ad School Europe in Hamburg, Germany, received this award.

Last year's winners include:

Awaken by Amazon: Konomi Tashiro, Tatsuki Tatara, Kenji Shimo, Taichi Nihei and Tomoki Hayashida

Editorialist: Alexander Norling and Sara Uhelski

The Pebble: Sense Danger: Thomas Bender and Thomas Corcoran

Keepit: Alejandro Ladeveze and Caroline Escobar

IBM Project Accel: Jarrett Jamison and Verenice Lopez

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