Fujifilm Future Challenge Award 2019: Kick off!


Fujifilm has a mission to improve the quality of life for people worldwide. To do so we challenge students to help us. Our expertise, together with fresh new ideas can contribute to a better world!

The kick off of the Fujifilm Future Challenge 2019 took place on Thursday 26th of September. The FFC is an initiative from Fujifilm and educational institutions. In this competition students are challenged to think of innovative products or solutions for Fujifilm.  In two months they will work in teams on new business models based on technologies of the multinational. This is the fourth time the challenge is held. The winning idea last year was the one of the ‘Flying Belgians’ team. They came up with the idea of a 3D INSTAX camera. The camera is equipped with a second lens and therefore provides the possibility to make a 3D instant photo. In 2016 the winning team developed a new product for permanent ink for tattoos, in 2017 the winning team designed an indicator that shows you the shelf life of your product.

The challenge

The students will be challenged to find new and novel product ideas based on Fujifilm membrane technology. What applications or products can be thought of in for example the field of Energy and Environment. They will have access to specialists in all of the key innovation competencies at Fujifilm. The students will be coached on how to develop ideas, spot opportunities and test if their idea will contribute to a new sustainable product or business. For the students it will be a great experience in a great international company where they can learn about creativity, innovation and think like an entrepreneur!

What is the prize?

The best idea will be awarded the Fujifilm Future Innovation Award 2019. The best team will be introduced to the European top management at Fujifilm during a paid trip to Barcelona.

Who will participate?

Students from the Applied Science Universities of AVANS - ASIS, Karel de Grote in Antwerp and students of Thomas More College in Geel.  By participating (depending on your host institution) they can earn credits, it may also lead to an internship, graduation project or even a job offer.

What’s the plan?

Over a period of two months, students will work in a multi-disciplinary team to develop new product ideas. They get a glimpse into the technological kitchen of Fujifilm. The teams will peruse this entrepreneurial opportunity: work on validating an idea and exploring if it is viable, and if it represents a real business opportunity. In short, they will face all of the key facets of the innovation and entrepreneurship process. During the challenge a mentor guides the group of students towards a successful and winning proposal. Finally, each team will pitch their idea to a panel of experts and… may the best idea win!


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