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"We choose to go to the moon" - 850 ideas for a better world:
The 7 best ideas of the #beapirate Challenge make it to the finals

  • 850 young people between 15 and 19 years from 30 countries have developed ideas that can make the world a better place
  • During a three-week online trip, the ideas were further developed with the support of international mentors
  • The 7 best ideas were selected into the finals by an online voting and a jury decision
  • The winning team wins a trip to Silicon Valley

"We are convinced that financial education is a key to active participation in economic and financial life and thus to the prosperity of society," says Mauro Maschio, Member of the Management Board Privatkundenbank of UniCredit Bank Austria. "But financial education means more than just conveying financial knowledge; it is also about giving young people the right attitude and spirit to enable them to be successful in tomorrow's business world. The '#beapirate Challenge' is an excellent opportunity to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and entrepreneurship with fun and enthusiasm.”

The #beapirate Challenge
The international educational initiative Moonshot Pirates encourages young people to think big, to deal with technology and the great challenges of the world and to do good. "Generation Z, i.e. the young people of today, want to shape the future themselves. The Moonshot Pirates support them in this," says Aneta Londova, co-founder of Moonshot Pirates.

Together with UniCredit Bank Austria, Moonshot Pirates has invited young people to sign up for the international #beapirate Challenge to use their skills to solve global challenges within the framework of the United Nations' sustainability goals (SDG's). Together with international mentors such as Pascal Finette, Tia Kansara or Ali Mahlodji, the young people have worked out their own ideas online, developed them and will present them to a jury at the final on July 1, 2020.

During this digital challenge the participants received daily videos on exponential technologies, entrepreneurship, mindset and practical tips on how to develop and present their solutions. Interesting field reports from experts rounded off the challenge.

All projects can be found at https://www.moonshotpirates.com/challenge/.

The finale: The road to Silicon Valley
Until 28 June 2020, the 850 participants from 30 countries had the opportunity to collect online votes for their ideas. The 5 teams with the most votes, plus two teams nominated by the mentors and partners, will present their concepts to an international jury in an online pitch event on 1 July 2020. The evaluation will be based on the criteria of social impact, feasibility, radicality and WOW effect (special feature).

Jody Medich, Principal Design Researcher at Microsoft and Co-Founder and CEO of Superhuman-X, will give a keynote speech. The event will be rounded off with a surprise short concert. The winning team will travel to Silicon Valley to meet with established companies, successful start-ups and experienced entrepreneurs, as well as institutions such as Stanford and Singularity University.

Everyone is cordially invited to participate in the online pitch event via https://www.moonshotpirates.com/challenge/.

UniCredit Bank Austria Media Relations
Volker Moser, Tel.: +43 (0)5 05 05-52854;
Email: volker.moser@unicreditgroup.at