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Project Avatar Wins Solve for Tomorrow 2024

Competition

The 2024 Solve for Tomorrow competition concluded with the Alternative Secondary School of the Budapest School of Economics' Project Avatar winning the grand prize. The event, sponsored by Samsung in partnership with EdisonKids, offered a platform for young innovators to present ideas for a better future. This year’s winning idea focused on transforming education through digital means, leading to the creation of a personal virtual mentor to support students.

Creative Solutions to Modern Challenges

The competition highlighted projects addressing sustainability, future education, and community. Among the standout ideas were:
- Tools to aid the visually impaired
- Initiatives to encourage youth reading
- Sustainable recycling methods for the fashion industry
- An educational, environmentally conscious cross-country game app
- A digital solution to replace harmful thermal paper receipts

On May 31, eight finalist teams showcased their projects at the Budapest Music Center. Judged by an expert panel led by Bertalan Meskó, the teams were evaluated on feasibility, creativity, critical thinking, presentation style, and teamwork. Despite tough competition, three teams emerged as winners.

Third Place: Én Hormonom (My Hormone)
The My Hormone team from Eötvös József Secondary School tackled health education for young girls, focusing on menstruation and hormone balance. Their project aimed to create comprehensive educational materials about conditions like PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). This initiative garnered praise from Bertalan Meskó, who encouraged the team to continue their important work.

Second Place: LendAHand
The LendAHand team from Fazekas Mihály Primary School and High School proposed a dual solution to assist the elderly while addressing student housing challenges. Their platform connects students with elderly individuals willing to rent rooms at reduced rates in exchange for help. This innovative idea received strong support, with 87% of surveyed students showing interest in the concept.

First Place: Polyp
Project Avatar, created by Dániel Bacsur and Ádám Vajda, focused on enhancing online education through personalized virtual mentors. Their AI-driven avatars, tested by nearly 600 students, aimed to provide individualized learning experiences. This groundbreaking project impressed the jury and attracted interest from startup entrepreneur Petya Balogh, who tested and approved their concept.

Journey to the Final

The path to the final was filled with learning and mentorship. The top 50 teams progressed to the second stage, receiving training in communication and presentation skills. Each team was assigned two mentors to provide feedback and guidance, helping them refine their ideas and prepare for the final presentation.

The competition fostered a sense of community among participants. Zsófia Samu, Samsung Electornics Hungary, brand communication part leader, emphasized the collective achievement, comparing it to running a marathon. Dorottya Borsos, head of Edisonplatform, highlighted the exceptional dedication of the students, noting their strong focus on social issues.

Previous winners returned to support the current finalists, creating a collaborative and encouraging atmosphere. The first three winners received Samsung devices worth a total of HUF 6 million to aid their educational and personal development. Additionally, the event celebrated not just the winners but all participants, including students and teachers, who together created innovative solutions for a better future.

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