If you’re interested in participating in this creative competition where you can be in the chance to win €2000, apply here.


The year 2018 will see Valletta 2018 collaborate with the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica and the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, and with Esplora Interactive Science Centre, to create its own ‘Under 19’ competition for young people in Malta and Gozo for the first time.

‘Create Your World’ is the yearly theme and motto of this creative competition that’s open to youths aged 19 and under, and whose work may take any shape: from digital art to mechanics, technology, music, a social project or even an innovative futuristic idea about the world we live in. Information sessions invite youths to learn more about the unique categories and prizes of the competition’s local edition, with a call for submissions open until April 2018.

Local winners will be guests of honour at a special prize-giving ceremony here in Malta and then fly to Linz for the Ars Electronica Festival 2018 in September (https://www.aec.at/festival/en/). Their work will then be hosted in a special exhibition at the Esplora Interactive Science Centre in November 2018.

Participants will submit their project via an online database, in which they will be required to be as detailed as possible in describing their project – the more detailed the description is, the better the chances will be. Project submissions must be in English as they will be evaluated by an international jury. Submissions can be done in groups of up to 8 people, however only two representatives from the group will fly to Linz for the Ars Electronica Festival should the project be a winner (Terms and conditions apply). 

The prizes to be offered for this creative competition are as follows:

The Valletta 2018 Grand Prize – €2000

Distinction (2 prizes) – €600 each

Merit (5 prizes) – €100 each

Esplora u10 prize – €300 and a special educational game

Esplora u14 prize – €300


If you’re interested in participating in this creative competition, apply here.


Check out past u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD winners in Linz, Austria, by following this link https://www.aec.at/u19/en/prix/ to get some ideas about what you can do for your very own project. The possibilities are endless – get your creative juices flowing!  

Check out what judges from the 2016 edition of  the u19 – CREATE YOUR WORLD category of the Prix Ars Electronica had to say about the competition below!



u-19 Malta: Create Your World is organised by Ars Electronica Linz GmbH & Co KG and Valletta 2018 in collaboration with Esplora Interactive Science Centre.