Festival University – Ars Electronica & JKU

Students from all over the globe, and technologies that are changing our world: Since 2021, the Future Thinking School, the Ars Electronica Festival and the Johannes Kepler University Linz have been hosting the Festival University.

Tomorrow’s global challenges require a new collaborative approach. – One based on creativity and collaborative design. Festival University, a joint initiative of Ars Electronica and Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU), invites students from around the world to work together to develop innovative strategies for global change and transformation. Made possible by support from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and the Province of Upper Austria, international students from a variety of disciplines come to Linz to work together on concepts for the future.

Festival University 2022 – Welcome to Planet B 


200 Students from over 70 countries spent four weeks with JKU scientists, Ars Electronica artists and many other high-ranking experts from all areas of art, technology, politics, journalism, science and society.  

Bridge the Gaps – under this slogan, the students dealt with the topic of climate change and its consequences. However, borders were not only to be crossed physically. In particular, they explored the question of how bridges can be built between different cultures and countries when it comes to climate change. They were looking for a new perspective on the challenges of our time. 
They presented the ideas and insights they gained in their search for an international constitution for climate protection in a realistic simulation of an international court (“The International Environmental and Climate Court”). 

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Festival University 2021 – Transform Your World


100 young people from 40 countries with diverse cultural and educational backgrounds came together to spend three weeks exploring and defining new paths to digital transformation and change. 
Embedded in the
Ars Electronica Festival, they worked together with top international scientists and artists to develop transformation strategies for specific challenging fields. In the process, they addressed the topics of robotics, brain interfaces, artificial intelligence, digitization, the circular economy and the energy forms of the future, as well as the role of creativity and art.

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The Festival University by Ars Electronica and JKU was supported by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and the Province of Upper Austria.