u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD Festival

The Future Festival of the Next Generation

The next festival is taking place again in September on the 8.-12.9.2016. More information about this year’s festival will follow soon. Meanwhile you can read below about last year’s festival and see some impressions on our flickr ablum u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD Festival 2015.

Saving the World, Playfully

What does it mean to save the world? Saving the world means transforming what has become a place that is hostile to life into a thoroughly livable habitat. And saving the world also means conserving and caring for it as a place worth living in, where it’s already Paradise on Earth. Nothing less than contributing to saving the world was the mission assigned to u19-CREATE YOUR WORLD when the Future Festival of the Next Generation was launched in 2011. After all, we can succeed in saving the world—and we will succeed, make no mistake about that—if each and every one of us pitches in.

Play Instead of Being Afraid!

And consider this: the less grimness and solemnity we display and the less we are paralyzed by fear that the sky is falling, the easier it will be to achieve this! Playfully—that’s our motto, and it’s just what the doctor ordered! The more enjoyably we go about changing the world to make it better, more diverse and more sustainable, the more meaningful, more inspiring and more rewarding it is. Meaningful, inspiring and rewarding are also the precise attributes to describe u19-CREATE YOUR WORLD’s 2016 program. The Future Festival of the Next Generation offers an up-close-and-personal introduction to lots of amazing stuff that’s happening right now and what will be emerging in the near future. As a visitor, you can join in, go for a test drive on the leading edge, get fired up, learn something new, or maybe just check out what your peers are up to.

Gamification is the Key

Gaming is the gateway to a positive future—not the only route, but it will get you there for sure. A key to this gateway is Gamification. Gamification doesn’t declare play as strictly a reward for completed labor; instead, work and play are blended into a holistic experience of utilitarian acts and stuff done for fun, purposeful exertion and effortlessness. Thus, in 2016, u19-CREATE YOUR WORLD is dedicated to game playing: from unbridled exuberance to curiosity, the mechanisms that games trigger and the inner logic on which play is based. u19-CREATE YOUR WORLD is convinced that saving the world is not a dirty job that somebody has to do. If it is as much fun as a computer game, more players will gladly come along for the ride.


u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD is a showcase of projects having to do with sustainability, developing a sense of responsibility for the world of tomorrow, and lots of novel, creative ideas about how to configure the development of our future (digital) habitats. How will human beings coexist in 20 years? What are the long-term consequences of mass exodus from rural areas to cities?

Kids and young people were invited to contribute ideas and models dealing with this development. 2015 featured theme, Music and Sound, focused on how noise affects human coexistence. What will the sounds of the future be like? How much noise can we actually withstand?

You could visit the festival from 10 AM to 7 PM at the PostCity, Bahnhofplatz 12, 4020 Linz (next to the main train station Linz).

u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD is a playground for:

    • Kids and young people,
    • The whole family,
    • People full of energy, people looking forward to the future,
    • All those who are committed to making this world a better place,
    • Youth groups of all ages, and
    • Professionals who work with adolescents.

Thinking, tinkering, playing …

So, you see—at u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD we do a lot more than just thinking things over. The accent is on doing stuff: arts & crafts, developing, drawing, tinkering and programming! It all happens in open workshops, labs, newsrooms and other sites for hands-on creativity. At u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD you won’t be doing time at a desk in a classroom; you’ll be busy having fun, doing great stuff and meeting a lot of cool people. Which means that adults aren’t the (only) ones who have a say at u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD; everyone who takes part makes their mark on this production. A big part is interacting with scientists and artists attending the Ars Electronica Festival, the mother ship of u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD.

For more about Ars Electronica Festival 2016, click here.