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The challenge

Marketing Edinburgh have today launched the search for three inquisitive explorers to become official futurists for the city, on behalf of the 2050 Edinburgh City Vision campaign.

Applications for the research project are open for Edinburgh residents aged 18+, with lucky candidates securing one of the most exciting, and unusual jobs in Edinburgh.


Successful applicants will enjoy an all-expenses paid research trip to either Helsinki, Copenhagen or Dublin to explore and capture content, working with Marketing Edinburgh to recommend learnings from each pioneering city for the benefit of the 2050 Edinburgh City Vision.

The winners will help shape the final City Vision, as part of this exciting project.    

Three lucky entrants will be selected to go on a research trip to the cities to investigate what Edinburgh can learn from each of the cities who are excelling with their own initiatives.

How to enter

Futurists in the making need only capture a video pitch of a minimum of 60 seconds and either

* upload to their personal Instagram channel tagging @thisisedinburgh and using the hashtag #Edinburgh2050

* tweet @Edinburgh using #Edinburgh2050

* upload to YouTube using ‘Edinburgh 2050’ in the title

* email their video submission to edinburgh2050 @wearewire.co


All submissions must have high quality video and audio and include:       

•          the entrant holding their written City Vision – their hopes for Edinburgh in 32 years’

•          a short explanation of why this is their vision for Edinburgh in 2050

•          a short pitch as to why they should be chosen as one of our three futurists

Successful applicants will enjoy an all-expenses research trip to one of three European cities to explore and capture learnings from each pioneering city for the benefit of the 2050 Edinburgh City Vision.    


Travel (with a plus one) to either Dublin, Copenhagen or Finland

  • Dublin is two years in to their City Development Plan which will run to 2022, setting out an integrated framework to ensure the city is developed in an inclusive way.

  • Copenhagen produced a ‘Guide to Copenhagen 2025’ by which time they plan to be carbon neutral.

  • Finland pioneers health and environmental technology and research

 Vlog about their journey, and findings – what can Edinburgh learn from the city you have visited

Be over the age of 18, have a valid passport and able to travel to the relevant destination for a minimum of 2 days, between 12-26 November 2018.

For those who may be a little camera shy and still want to have a say, please visit the homepage and leave your vision HERE