What will higher education look like in 2049? Share your vision through science fiction.

Challenge Overview


What will higher education look like in 2049?


How will it include all people, regardless of its background? How will it cater to the different ways in which each individual learns? What will be the role of educators? How will it integrate the technological advances in the field (such as 3D printers, virtual reality, augmented reality, biometrics, gamification, personalized learning algorithms, neuroscience)? How will the growing demand for education be met? How will students and teachers interact? How will they access the classroom resources? How will students be evaluated? Will there be any changes in higher education certificates? How will the curriculum change?

If we put our mind to it, higher education in the future will be radically different. The first step is to imagine it.

If you are creative, a pioneering and a visionary, and you have dreamed of a better and improve education, we need you. Tell us how you envision the higher education in 2049.

We’ll reward the best SCI-FI short film, graphic novel or short story that inspires a new generation to transform higher education, an education that promotes the comprehensive development of all human beings.



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Who are we?

Imagine being able to help solve educational problems that the majority consider impossible. Imagine working with the brightest minds in the world, backed by the most innovative universities. Imagine being part of a community of innovators, where your voice and opinions count, which celebrates creativity and ambition. All this is possible with TecPrize. TecPrize, an open innovation platform which seeks to improve Higher Education through disruption, all the while forming leaders and advancing knowledge worldwide. TecPrize is an iniciative of Santander Bank and TecLabs, an educational innovation disruptive unit of Tecnológico de Monterrey. 


Tecnológico de Monterrey is a university founded in 1943, whose vision is to educate leaders with an entrepreneurial spirit, human sensibility and who are internationally competitive. It has 31 campuses in Mexico, 25 offices worldwide and 16 international liaison offices around the world. It offers 54 professional majors, 57 master's degree programs and specialties, 10 doctorate programs, and 3 baccalaureate programs, with which it serves more than 85,700 students. The institution is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and it is ranked number 206 in the world's top 900 universities ranking, according to the QS World University Ranking (2016-2017). In the employability ranking, Tec de Monterrey is ranked first in Mexico and 56th worldwide. In the QS University Rankings: Latin America (2016), it is ranked number 7 and it is the only university in Latin America included the Top Schools for Entrepreneurship Ranking (2016) of the Princeton Review, occupying the 17th position.

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When you are ready to submit your entry, click on "Accept Challenge". For a tutorial, click on this link.

See the guidelines here.

Your video should last at least a minute and no longer than 4 minutes. You should share it with us through a Youtube link.

Stories must be a minimum of 2,000 and a maximum of 4,000 words  (word count must be included in the header of the document). Submit your story in a .doc, .docx, .pages, or PDF format.

Create your own comic book with a minimum length of 8 pages, including the cover page. Submit story in PDF of JPG form.


Your video must be called: TECPRIZE followed by the name you want to give to your story.

In case of the Comic, you should save your file as: COMIC_TECPRIZE_TITLE

Regarding the Short Story, please save your file as: SHORTSTORY_TECPRIZE_TITLE

In this case, you can only do that if you have a license or permission from the autor.

Each submission will be evaluated by our judges, who have been specially selected because of their creative and educational expertise.

Prizes will be awarded based on the judging criteria.

All applications will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Unique vision of the future
  • Research and trends that support the possibility of the proposed future
  • Creativity and originality
  • Quality of the final product

The winners will be announced on May 21st