Europe Needs You – Challenge:future

Challenge-futureYouth unemployment remains as a hot topic in 2014 as well! In Europe generally, 74 percent of education providers were at first confident that their graduates are prepared for work, but only 38% of youth and 35% of employers agreed to this.

Notification: This challenge is recommended for CF members based and living in Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia,  Germany, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Slovenia and The Czech Republic due to project funds restrictions. Everyone can go for third prize, but only participants from enlisted countries can compete for second and first prize.

A BIG number of 5.6 million young people are unemployed across Europe, and a total of 7.5 million are neither being educated nor are they working.

What is Challenge:future asking for?

This time, you are invited to participate in a regionally-focused challenge, that is a partnership activity among Challenge:Future and Mladiinfo. They are asking you to think and develop ideas and solutions that would answer the following necessities:

  1. How can youth use social media, new technology, new web application, mobile applications to increase youth employability? How can all these new tools and web-assets be used for youth unemployment reduction?
  2. Can new media and social media make a new working environment for 3 – 10 % of unemployed youth in most endangered European countries and reduce the unemployment percentage?

Social networks, web platforms, on-line educational web-pages, web and phone applications; these could all fit in here. Already having a spark? Spark the sparkle!

Observe behavior of youth over social media! Check what are the turn-on and what are the turn-off information flow for youth! Communicate with someone from these countries, so they will give you a better understanding in the situation on the local level. Peer-to-peer collaborations are encouraged! Take in account everything and start to re-shape the current on-line environment.

Present your solution in the following up-to-5 slides! Make it count!

  • 26th of February – 20th of March – Voting period
  • 20th of March – 30h of March – Judging period
  • 3rd of April: shortlist of 10 finalists
  • 4th of April – 12th of April – Social media promotion of the 10 best selected submissions
  • 15th of April – Winners announced


Can you propose new ways through which young people can SKILL-UP?

Maybe you have an idea how to enhance youth’s linkage to institutions?

Best solutions could be financed!


3rd place: 1-month free mentorship session with Mladiinfo team (1-2 hours a week over skype or any other agreed form of communication) where the M! team will work with the 3rd place team for further development of the submitted solution and will share advices for possible fundraising for the idea implementation

2nd place:Team leader of the second-placed submission will be invited together with 35 youth from European countries at a week-long youth event that will be held in Skopje, Macedonia in mid of June, 2014, organized by Mladiinfo ( Accommodation and meal costs will be covered for the team leader. The participant will be asked to cover 30 % of travel costs to/from Skopje

1st place: Team leader of the first-placed submission will be invited to develop further his/her idea together with 35 youth from European countries at the same week-long youth event which will take place in Skopje, Macedonia in the mid of June, 2014, organized by Mladiinfo ( All costs (travel, accommodation, meals) will be covered for the big winner.

Submit your idea before 20th of March

Read more and apply here.

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