A story of 15 seconds of fame

by C:F Team on 4th November, 2010 at 10:50 AM CEST

Remember our QC+ winner Gustav Borgefalk and his awesome billboard picture (see below)? We finally have a chance to interview him to get the full story behind his winning picture, his exciting project and much more.

1. Congrats on winning the QC+ on Picture yourself in 2030! We have to say that all our 5 judges voted for you and we were really intrigued about the photo in your entry. Tell us how did you get to be pictured on a huge banner at the New York Times Square.

Thank you, I feel honored! Well, that billboard picture is a quite fun story. I took it this spring, the first time ever I was in the US and NY. I happened to walk past the big billboard and noticed that regular people kept appearing on it. Since I always want to promote my website, I immediately thought “there must be some way to get up there.” And there was! I had to buy a shirt in the store below the sign, then they took a picture and put it up on the board! Free advertising and 15 seconds of fame :)


2. Gustav, you are also an initiator of an exciting project that is sure to intrigue every student: studentcompetitions.com . Tell us more about why you first decided you delve right into it.

I had competed in student competitions through my entire time at University and really loved it! However, it was a lot of trouble keeping updated with all the new competitions. So after I quit school, I decided to create a website that aggregated all the world’s competitions in one place and make them easy to find. I teamed up with some friends who were also crazy about competing and so, we founded studentcompetitions.com this spring. It has been received very well and we are growing a lot already as more and more students discover the site!


3. In your daily journey of running the studentcompetition platform, how is your interaction with other fellow youths inspiring you to carry on with your work.

We know for sure that participating in – or winning a competition can truly change a person’s life. Our website is most popular in developing countries and regions, because the students there do not have the same opportunities to show their skills as in developed parts of the world. So our website lower the information barrier and help people to realize their full potential and go global, which is extremely an extremely inspiring thing to work with! I feel great every time we get an email from a student who has connected through a global opportunity through our site, which spurs me to continue.

4. How do you see yourself in 20 years time and how can C:F propel your vision?

20 years from now, I will help solving mankind’s greatest challenges, with competitions as the tool! If we systematically use competitions to connect problems with students who can solve these problems, and also connect them with the resources needed for this, we can do anything: cure cancer, travel to Mars… only imagination sets the boundaries of what you can do when you really challenge yourself and challenge the perception of what is possible. Perhaps I’ll also have a hot wife and some kids or something and perhaps have a warm hideout to go in the winters... (Sweden is soo cold for six months per year).

5. What is the one crazy thing you did for the first time this year.

Hm, I guess going up on that billboard would certainly qualify.. I also did something that every “real” entrepreneur should do at least once in life – I lived in the office for two weeks and slept on a mattress on the floor under my desk. Perhaps that is more tragic than crazy, but it certainly made me appreciate a good bed afterwards!

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Sayanee Basu

Sayanee Basu | Action team | CF Chapters

Thanks for the wonderful interview Gustav!

Guys, do check out studentcompetitions.com and feel free to leave a comment here for Gustav and his amazing work for the students of today!

4th November, 2010 @ 12:07 PM CEST

Dan Croitoru

Dan Croitoru

Congrats again Gustav for winning the QC+ and for all your achievements. Keep inspiring people with your optimism and great initiatives. Looking forward to hearing more good things about you.

4th November, 2010 @ 3:00 PM CEST

Kayode Nubi

Kayode Nubi | Action team | CF Chapters

Congratulations, I did think the photo was some kind of photoshop stunt but now that the story is told, so have my understanding. Thanks for the studentcompetiton.com as I happen to be one person who had this demand at heart - pity you beat me to realizing it. #Cheers

6th November, 2010 @ 4:23 PM CEST

Gustav Borgefalk

Gustav Borgefalk

Thank you guys, you are all great! You have an engaged forum of smart students here, that is a great resource for the world.

Kayode: why not join our team then? :) Email me: gustav@studentcompetitions.com if interested

8th November, 2010 @ 4:39 PM CEST

ish jindal

ish jindal

Hey Congrats Gustav!!!

I am a regular visitor of studentcompetitions.com and finally I know who is the man behind it...

I have been running a similar site(suggest.eduarena.com) for about a year but on a small scale for Indian students as well ....

Good luck...

17th November, 2010 @ 6:16 PM CEST

Jatin Kataria

Jatin Kataria | Action team | CF Chapters

wooo.. Nice to know about u buddy...
I missed this news n interview...

u r awesome.. specially yr 2 weeks.. ha ha
great work Gustav.. congo for winning moment.. :)
congratulations for yr intiatives also...

share yr facebook account so all can stay connected.. :)

20th November, 2010 @ 5:30 PM CEST

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