Connect to the Future – Young Leaders Program

Deadline: 05 January 2017
Open to: young people from 24-38
Venue: 28-29 March 2018 , Várkert Bazár, Budapest

Description

The think.BDPST Young Leaders’ Forum (YLF) features outstanding young professionals (aged 24-38) soon to become important actors and decision-makers in the field of innovation, urban design, transport, automotive industry, informatics, and connected social sciences and legal studies. YLF of the think.BDPST conference is the only forum in Central Europe that gathers young professionals from the region, who are active in the field of innovation, and provides them a platform where new innovative initiatives can be discussed and employed. YLF also connects experts from the field of social sciences and engineering, as well as natural sciences to create a bridge between these two fields and help young decision makers to make their innovations more effective and better understand different aspects from the current issue. In the meantime, YLF makes it possible for these young professionals to improve their leadership potential and learn new skills that will make them more competitive in their field of expertise.

The main purpose of YLF is to foster a lively dialogue among young innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, Ph.D. researchers, policy experts active in public administration, and young professionals working at companies that are investing in innovative projects. During the four-day event, participants have the opportunity to exchange best practices, good experience, ideas, and knowledge and improve their skills through panel discussions and workshops.

Eligibility

Motivated young professionals with leadership potential whose professional activities are related to the main topics of the conference: the future of transport, smart cities, and urban innovation. They accept applications of those, who consider themselves young leaders and (soon to be) decision-makers in the field of transport, innovation, automotive industry, informatics, urban design and planning, and the connected social and legal studies. They also accept applications from experts with natural and social sciences background, who are dealing with the above-mentioned topics in their professional career.

Costs

Full Scholarship:

For those coming from the V4 and the CEI region, as well as the EU 28, the following expenses are covered by the Knowledge Centre:

  • accommodation with breakfast included;
  • lunch for four days;
  • travel costs (the most economic options only).

Partial Scholarship:

For those coming from any other countries, the following expenses are covered:

  • accommodation with breakfast included;
  • lunch for four days.

The travel costs are not covered for participants with a partial scholarship.

Please note that the Knowledge Centre does not cover the costs of visa application (where applicable) and travel and health insurance for any of the participants (regardless of the scholarship granted).

How to apply?

To be considered for this programme, interested parties should submit the following materials:

  • Current CV (uploaded in PDF format, including the applicant’s age)
  • High-resolution profile photo (min. 2000 pixels)
  • Online application form answering the following questions:
    • Why would you describe yourself as a Young Leader?
    • What are your professional goals? What would you like to achieve in your future career?
    • What are your expectations regarding YLF?
    • Answer one of the following (A or B) parts:
      • Part A:
        • Why do you think it is important to develop transport in CEE? What are the biggest social/economic challenges regarding this topic? Why progress in transport is important?
        • How driverless cars will affect our lives in the future?
      • Part B:
        • Description of a research project that you are currently working on, or write an introduction of your start-up focusing on any aspect that is related to transportation.

For further information, please contact: [email protected].