<19 Freestyle Computing Competition

for youth under the age of 19, organised by the C3 Foundation


C3 has organized the annual <19 Freestyle Computing Competition in Hungary since 2003. This initiative was modelled on the category u19 of Prix Ars Electronica. The project shares similarities with Bug’n’Play by Migros in Switzerland and mb21 by Medienkulturzentrum Dresden Germany, and collaboration with these institutions goes back now some 8 years. The competitions – all of which encourage innovative uses of computer technologies – are open to members of the younger generation.

The scope of the C3 competition is open and wide-ranging. In previous years, almost 6,000 applications were submitted from four countries (including Slovakia, Romania, and Serbia). An important aspect of the creative approach is that we welcome submissions that are based upon novel, innovative applications according to the students’ individual interests and knowledge, rather than submissions based on formal knowledge of or training in informatics. The primary objective of the competition is to expand the potentials of networked communications, propagate Internet-culture of a high level, and discover initiatives that already exist. From games to digital lifestyles, from websites to wireless applications, we welcome an array of independently made creations and compositions. In each country, the award ceremony for the competition is not only an opportunity to express appreciation for local talent, but also a chance for the winner of each partner’s competition to introduce his or her project and get feedback on a larger scale. The students also take part in workshops, in which they can get to know one another and also get acquainted with new technologies.

Medienkulturzentrum Dresden


Medienkulturzentrum Dresden is an institution which has established itself regionally and nationally for 20 years, offering numerous media education, media arts and cultural programmes. The aim of the association is to promote the use of media as experience, expression and design resources for communication, education and culture.

Deutscher Multimediapreis mb21


Medienkulturzentrum Dresden is the organiser of the German multimedia contest mb21. Since 1998, the Deutscher Multimediapreis mb21 has become significant as an organization that arranges cultural media competitions and festivals for children and adolescents in Germany. It is the only multimedia competition advertised nationwide which promotes active media competence among children and adolescents. By participating in the competition, children and youths alike acquire the necessary orientation, knowledge, judgement and skills to be active, thoughtful and creative actors in the digital media world. Over the course of the 16 years of its existence, the competition has welcomed more than 17,000 children as participants.

Migros Culture Percentage


The Migros Culture Percentage is the biggest private cultural organization in Switzerland. It focuses primarily on programmes in Switzerland. The Migros Culture Percentage is a voluntary initiative by Migros, incorporated in its articles of association, which demonstrates the company’s commitment to social responsibility. Key elements of this commitment include culture, society, education, leisure and economy.


The Swiss contest will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2016. So far, the contest has had 1,200 participants and has led to the creation of more than 550 projects. Most of them are still online, with photos and videos, and are accessible at www.bugnplay.ch. Through various media, particularly the ones published by the Migros company, we have access to a huge segment of the Swiss population. One of the media, Migros Magazin, is read by well over 2 million people every week. This publi-cation regularly presents our programme, as well as the projects of our winners. The contest’s target group is the young generation between the ages of 8 and 20.

Ars Electronica


Art, technology, society. Since 1979. The Festival as a chance to prove and showcase talent, the Prix as a competition honouring excellence, the Centre as a year-round setting for presentations and interaction, and the Futurelab as an in-house R&D facility extend their feelers throughout the realms of science and research, art and technology. Ars Electronica’s four divisions inspire one another and put futuristic visions to the test in a unique, creative feedback loop. It’s an integrated organism continuously reinventing itself. (What is Ars Electronica? http://www.aec.at/about/en/ )

Prix Ars Electronica – u19 CREATE YOUR WORLD.


u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD is the Prix Ars Electronica’s category for young people. It gives kids and youngsters up to age 19 the opportunity to have a say about the world of tomorrow and to produce and present their concepts of and ideas for it. With boldness and creativity, anything’s possible.
u19 – is open to young people throughout Austria.
u19 – invites entrants under 19 years of age to submit their projects and ideas.