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IDB launches cartoon and illustration contest on the future of work


The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announces the launching of its third edition of the Cartoon and Illustration Contest under the theme The Future of Work. Cartoonists and illustrators from all IDB member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are invited to participate and submit their entries by March 31, 2019 at 23:59 in Washington, D.C. time (EST).

Faced with an environment in which technology will transform both the way we work and the occupations we know today, this contest invites participants to use their creativity to show, through cartoons and illustrations, how they imagine technology will shape the future of work.

The contest focuses on the future of work for the private sector as well as for government and public administration and broadens the scope beyond cartoons to incorporate all kinds of illustrations (both funny and serious). In particular, we are looking for original graphic works that capture examples of:

  • Robots as allies of humans in the workplace.
  • The impact of the automation of production processes in developed countries, on the job stability of workers in Latin America and the Caribbean (for example, in the automotive sector or in customer service centers).
  • Changes in working styles and new labor relations that are emerging through technology, in both the public and private sectors. One example is the gig economy .
  • Changes in the work of governments and how they will be able to take advantage of technology to provide better services to citizens and to allow for better decision-making.
  • Technological advances that help improve the quality of social services in sectors such as education and health.
  • How women  can take advantage of the opportunities created by new technologies in the workplace. Will these technological advances increase or decrease the gender wage gap? Will they help balance family and work responsibilities?

The jury selected by the IDB will choose a total of up to 10 finalists from which two winners will be selected: one will be chosen by the jury and the other by the public.

The winner chosen by the jury will be invited to participate in an IDB event in Washington, D.C., or in any of its member countries and will also receive a professional illustration device.

The winner chosen by the public, through a Facebook survey, will receive a professional illustration device. If the work chosen by the jury and by the public on Facebook is the same, the favorite prize of the public will go to the work that achieves the second largest vote.

The cartoons and illustrations must be submitted on or before March 31, 2019 at 23:59 Washington, D.C. time (EST). For rules and regulations and additional information on how to participate, visit the Cartoon and Illustrations Contest website: The Future of Work .

About the IDB
The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.

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