Imagine the Future

What will the world look like in 2042?

What do you see? What types of machines have been invented? What tools do we have in our everyday lives? And what problems do we face? Now imagine a solution to one of those problems.

Arthur C. Clarke used film and storytelling to explore what the future will look like. In that spirit, we invite you to do the same. Be a voice for the future.

Imagine the future and think of how you would make our world a better place by 2042. Produce a short video describing your solution. Your focus can be on science, technology, art, or design.


Ages 11-14
– Audrey C. from Pacific Palisades, CA
– Lucy W. from Bethesda, MD
– Rohan O. from Rockville, MD

Ages 15-18
– Shreya S. from Clarksburg, MD
– Jiarui W., Alexander V., & James C. from Potomac, MD
– Elizabeth & Stephanie V. from Hagerstown, MD


October 13th  Intent to Apply  — encouraged, not required
October 20th  Video submissions due
November 3rd  Finalists selected (3 per age group)
December 9th Video screening at Unleash Imagination event

3-day trip to Washington DC
Round-trip ticket, hotel, and expenses for 1 child and 1 adult, including insiders tours of Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum, and other DC sites.

Filmmaking mentorship
All finalists will have the opportunity to work with a filmmaker to improve their video submissions.

Film screening at the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation Centenary Event
Unleash Imagination – Shape the Future Conference – December 9th, 2017

1st place: $2500
2nd place: $1000
3rd place:  $500