Meet the winner of Your take!

Your take was a competition created by the newspaper The Economist, which encouraged students in Europe to express their opinions on thought-provoking topics of current nature. Students entered by creating an image that illustrated their view on a topic, and a question or statement that got to the heart of the issue.

The competition received over 100 submissions, and Norbert Juhász, student of Aalto University, was crowned the winner by the jury for his entry “Flaming Ice”. The jury found his submission to be “a very strong picture on an extremely topical subject and poses a good, pointed question at the end.“ 


Congratulations to the win Norbert! Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?
Regarding my origins, I am Hungarian from Slovakia. However, at the moment I live and study in Helsinki, Finland. I did my Bachelor’s studies in International Business Economics at the Corvinus University of Budapest in Hungary. At the end of my BA studies I spent 8 months in the UK West Midlands as an Erasmus intern at a business improvement software and consultancy firm. Currently, I am doing my Master’s degree in International Business at the Aalto University School of Economics. As for an additional double Master degree, the CEMS MIM programme, I spent the last semester as an exchange student at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.  Among other things, I like traveling with friends, going to nature, learning languages and doing sports.

How did you get in contact with Your take? And how come you decided to enter?
I saw it on Facebook, a friend had shared it on the their wall. I first became interested in it because it was organized by The Economist. Secondly, I am very interested in sustainability issues, having a background in these kinds of subjects. Hence, I decided to submit an entry based on that.

How did you come up with your submission?
When I saw the Your Take’s call for submissions, it made me think whether I had anything to submit. Giving it a shot, I went though my photos and selected several ones for consideration. The process was rather fast. In about one hour I already submitted my selected photo, which I called ‘Flaming ice’, having the song ‘Flaming pie’ by Paul McCartney crossing my mind. The picture was taken somewhere above North Canada or Greenland when I was flying to Vancouver for a summer programme a few years ago.

Have you participated in any other competitions before?
Yes, I participated in many different competitions, for example: Aalto University – BCG Case Competition, 2nd Hult Global Case Challenge, Global Management Challenge, PeakTime Business Competition and PwC Business Game to name a few.

Do you have any advice regarding how to succeed in competitions in general?
In general, besides having comprehensive experience and knowledge in the field of the competition, having a well-functioning team is crucial, i.e. a team where people genuinely like to work together.

As the winner of Your take, Norbert is now invited to join The Economist’s editorial team for a full meeting at the London headquarters. Student Competitions wishes Norbert a great time at The Economist, and good luck with all future endeavours! Have a look at Norberts submission here
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