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Go BIG: A Creative Youth Competition.

A 40ft tall rubber duckie designed by dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has cruised the world's harbors since 2007. As an inspiration, youth can design, create and install BIG Installations in the public realm, then compete against others worldwide.

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Inspired by dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's rubber duckie, teams of creative young people from all over the world will get together to design, create, build and install BIG creative installations within the public realm of major cities. The competition or challenge will enable the younger generations to express their creativity and skills, strengthen their creative confidence and national pride, while competing against other groups of young people from other places. They would earn international exposure and major prizes such as grants or scholarships. The idea would be to pick something special that represents each of the teams particular city and then transform it into a design, an art piece or a sculpture. All projects would follow the same guidelines and regulations such as size, and must fit within one pre-selected category by the creators of the competition. 
Category Examples:Food, National Anthem, Mascot, etc.   

In this challenge, we want to create ideas with young people, not for them. Outline how you’re planning to involve young people or other end-users (parents, teachers, etc) in designing, iterating or testing your idea during the Ideas phase.

Stakeholders such as the competition's organizers, private investors, and the different municipalities of participating cities would work together to grant the teams a space within the public realm on land or water, a city permit to install, a specific budget, and resources such as contractors, engineers or architects to guide them to develop, test and iterate functioning prototypes and then into building the final projects. The projects are then built by the teams with the chosen materials, resources and processes. Once the projects are installed by the due deadline, they would be posted online, marketed through traditional and social media, so people from all over the world could vote for their best or favorite one. Then, the general public would enjoy the creative installation pieces permanently, or for a good duration of time.

How might you envision your idea spreading across geographies or cultures so that it inspires young people around the world to cultivate their creative confidence?

The creative projects would be created from ideation to installation by young people worldwide that have different cultural, educational and geographical backgrounds, which would allow them to combine their different skills sets to create something spectacular. The final product would be easily accessible for the public to admire and enjoy, cultivating a positive and open attitude towards creativity and a sense of pride for their own city and young talent. It would inspire others to pursue their own creative goals and help build and preserve creative confidence globally.

What skills, input or guidance would you like to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

Financial costs, as well as governmental mechanisms and legal guidelines that would enable the competition Go BIG a reality.


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Wow! What a fun idea. I've never heard of this rubber ducky but I think it's an awesome inspiration.

Thinking about your idea: I wonder if it could be a nice activity for 'sister cities' around the world. Young people could design installations that speak to their home city and their relationship with other cities? It's not fully fleshed out but I think something about the cultural exchange between cities might be kind of neat to tease out. Plus I could see cities sponsoring these installations and paying for the materials, set up etc.

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hey thats a very good idea, perhaps a cultural exchange between cities.. even though its a competition, all cities can have a way of communicating to each other through their installations, through adhered significance or something else that ties them together. another constant thing to include perhaps. many thanks.

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*meant consistent rather than constant.