Results — Doris Championship, 2018

  • The top 3 finalists
  • Selected semi-final designs
  • Press coverage

  • For its eighth year, the International Festival of Mind and Doris Championship, a competition of creativity featuring our Doris puzzle, took place in six European countries: Italy, Austria, Slovak Republic, Croatia, Slovenia and Serbia.

    The project, Festival of Mind, is organized under the auspices of the Provincial Secretariat for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities-National Communities in cooperation with MENSA Serbia and the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, FIMEK, Novi Sad. The City of Novi Sad, Kadon Enterprises, Inc. and Avax Corp. were sponsors.

    Beginning in October 2017 and organized by Zdravko Zivkovic, the creator of Doris, the 8th annual competitions ran for nine months. The works of the competitors were evaluated by an international jury made up of ten prominent Mensa members from the United States, Greece, Slovenia, Serbia, and Australia, among them Kate Jones from U.S.A. and Teja Krasek, an artist from Slovenia.

    The Grand Final awards were presented on May 16, 2018, in the Great Hall of Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Serbia. The solemn celebration ceremony was hosted by the Provincial Secretariat for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities-National Communities.

    The top three winners were:

    • First place: Matej Fijacko, "Desert Island" (Slovenia)



    • Second place: Marlene Rieger, "Titanic sinking" (Austria)



    • Third place: Emilija Spasojevic, "Pelican" (Serbia)






    There were very many creative and beautiful figures again this year, and they made choosing the best among 60 semifinalists very difficult. Here are their semi-final designs, and you can also view them as a slide show, best seen at 50%:








    Press coverage
    Most of these texts are in Serbian and Croatian languages. Translations below into English were made with Google's free translation service. Many reports were evidently adapted from one general news release. Check out the links for a good variety of photos.
    • Secretariat of Education (Translation)

      In the Assembly of AP Vojvodina, on May 16, 2018, a ceremony was held for the election and announcement of the winners of the 8th International Festival of Mind. The "Festival of Mind" project was organized under the auspices of the Provincial Secretariat for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities-National Communities, in cooperation with the Mensa of Serbia and the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management (FIMEK).

      The 8th International Festival of Mind gathered around a thousand students from six European countries, from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Slovakia, and the most creative of them are invited to the finale of the Festival with the slogan: "Be creative—secure your future." Students—finalists, their professors, as well as numerous guests, representatives of the region, embassies and the media—attended the proclamation of the winners.

      The ceremony was opened by Milan Kovacevic, Deputy Provincial Secretary for Education, Regulations, Governments and National Minorities-National Communities, emphasizing the importance of promoting the knowledge of young and smart people who are the future of the world, as well as the necessity of encouraging students to creative and innovative thinking.

      By supporting the Festival of Mind in the past eight years, the Secretariat has enabled many young people's ideas to see the light of the day. "Since there are young people and this international festival is involving 6 countries, it says that some new acquaintances are created, new experiences, and therefore it says that Serbia is a country that is open and follows the overall trends, no matter that we are not a member of the European Union yet," said Milan Kovacevic.

      On behalf of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, partner of the Festival of Mind, dean Prof. Dr. Dragan Saleša congratulated everyone who came to the finals and wished them a lot of happiness and success in further work, noting that they should continue to make an effort and work hard, because they should be leaders.

      "Our motto to support this competition and to be here today with you is to promote the best young people. The imperative of today's time is that we all turn to learning, acquiring new knowledge, because only in this way can we survive in the twenty-first century, and as a society and as a civilization," emphasized Dr. Dragan Saleša.

      The main goal of the Festival is to unlock the DNA of creativity and to develop visual and spatial cognitive abilities, i.e. activating the right hemisphere of the brain, which in cooperation with the left rational hemisphere provides creation of bold ideas for fresh, revolutionary innovations that emerge from the standard stereotypes of thinking and leads to the prosperity and progress of mankind.

      In response to the fourth industrial revolution, which in the next ten to twenty years will eliminate half of today's occupations, the methodology of DORIS by Dr. Zdravko Živkovic, officially verified in the most prestigious scientific magazine Thinking Skills & Creativity from Oxford, provides the easiest, and at the same time the most effective way to activate naturally innate creativity, overcome self-censorship, fear of change, and Voice of Judgment syndrome, gain self-confidence in their own creative abilities and strengthen social intelligence - two necessary conditions for the sustainable development and prosperity of each individual.

      "For eight years, this puzzle, Doris, has shown that it really encourages creativity and inventiveness. By participating in the competition, students become more aware of their abilities and values, gain their faith in themselves, remove the basic obstacles to creativity, i.e. fears of change, and thus become able to create new ideas, not only those big, but also those that are applied on a daily basis, which can enable us to make our lives better than before, "said Dr. Zdravko Živkovic, creator of the puzzle DORIS.

      The creative works were judged by a jury of ten distinguished national and international experts, who then elected the winners of the Festival by public vote. The highest number of votes and the first place were won by Matej Fijacko, who also took the title of the Champion of Mind in 2018. Matej is a student of the first grade of the Secondary School of Design and Photography from Ljubljana (Slovenia). Second place went to Marlene Rieger, students of the fourth grade of the Ursulinen Gymnasium from Graz (Austria), while Emilija Spasojevic, a second-year student of the "Sava Muncan" Technical School from Bela Crkva (Serbia), won the third place. In addition to the winners of the first three places, all 60 finalists received diplomas for success.

    • Live coverage of awards ceremony on YouTube

    • FIMEK—The Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management (Translation)

      In the Great Hall of the Assembly of AP Vojvodina, May 16, 2018. The ceremony of announcing the winners of the 8th International Festival of Mind was held in the year. The "Festival of Mind" project was organized under the auspices of the Provincial Secretariat for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities-National Communities, in cooperation with Mensa Serbia and the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management - FIMEK.

      The 8th International Festival of Sense gathered around 1000 students from 6 European countries, that is, from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Slovakia, and the best of them were invited to the finals of the Festival of Mind, whose slogan reads: "Be creative—secure your future." Students—finalists, their professors, as well as numerous guests, representatives of the regions and embassies—attended the proclamation of the winners.

      The ceremony was opened by Milan Kovacevic, Deputy Provincial Secretary for Education, Regulations, Governance and National Minorities-National Communities, emphasizing the importance of promoting knowledge and young smart people who are the future of the world. "Since these are young people and this international festival involves 6 countries, it says that some new acquaintances are created here, new experiences, and therefore it says that Serbia is a country that is open and which follows the overall trends regardless of the fact that we are not members of the European Union," said Milan Kovacevic.

      On behalf of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, the partner of the "Festival of Mind", dean Prof. Dr. Dragan Saleša congratulated everyone who came to the finals and wished them a lot of luck and success in further work, but also to continue to work hard, because they should be leaders. "What is our motive to support this competition and to be here today with you is to promote the best young people. The imperative of today's time is that we all turn to learning, gaining new knowledge, because only this way is it possible to survive in the 21st century and as a society and as a civilization," said Dr. Dragan Saleša.

      The main goal of the Festival is to give participants a chance to show how creative they are and how capable they are for logical thinking and conclusion. Knowledge gained in school is a good starting point, but this knowledge should be creatively applied in practice. For top-notch results, it is necessary to have confidence in your own values, i.e. self-confidence and a creative way of thinking, based on bold and new ideas, with a lot of imagination and ingenuity. The memorable Festival of Mind encourages participants to get out of the box, think boldly and imaginatively, without self-censorship, to believe in themselves and their creative abilities, which is achieved by the creative puzzle of DORIS by author Zdravko Živkovic.

      "This festival has taken place for eight years, and every year we are again surprised by the new ideas of students participating in the competition. This puzzle has shown that it encourages creativity and inventiveness. By participating in the competition, students become more aware of their abilities and values, gain their faith in themselves, free themselves from those basic obstacles to creativity, that is, self-censorship, fear of bad appraisal, fear of change, and so on. Thus, they become capable of creating new ideas, not only those great, but also those that are applied everyday that can enable us to make our lives better than before. In the competition, besides the puzzle that unlocks the "DNA of creativity, students also solve business ideas," said Zdravko Živkovic, creator of the DORIS puzzle.

      The jury's creative works were judged by 10 distinguished national and international experts who then selected the winners of the Festival by public vote. The highest number of votes and the first place were won by Matej Fijacko, who also took the title of the Champion of Mind in 2018. Matej is a student of the first grade of the Secondary School of Design and Photography from Ljubljana (Slovenia). Second place went to Marlene Rieger, student of the fourth grade of the Ursulinen Gymnasium from Graz (Austria), while Emilija Spasojevic, a second-year student of the Technical School "Sava Muncan" from Bela Crkva (Serbia), won the third place. In addition to the 3 winners, 12 finalists also received awards.

    • TV Kanal 9 (Translation) and Excerpts on YouTube

      The festival brought together a large number of secondary school students from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Slovakia, who compete during the school year.

      Out of about 1,000 students, the jury selects the top 60, which are further competing in the final and when the winners of this festival are selected. In addition to the DORIS puzzle, high school students in this competition solve ideas for creativity and business ideas.

      "Eight years have passed for this Festival, and every year I am always surprised that there are always students with new ideas, no matter how many students have already shown their great abilities before. This creative puzzle really showed that it encourages creativity among students who become more self-aware of their abilities and values, have faith in themselves, free themselves from those basic obstacles to creativity, which means self-censorship, fear of assessment, fear of change, and so on," said Zdravko Živkovic, the creator of the puzzle DORIS.

      The International Festival of Mind is a project organized under the auspices of the Provincial Secretariat for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities in cooperation with Mensa Serbia and Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management (FIMEK).

      "Since these are young people and what this international festival includes, as I have information from 6 countries, it says that some new acquaintances, new experiences are created, that is something else, and therefore it says that Serbia is a country that is open and which follows the overall trends regardless of the fact that we are not members of the European Union," said Milan Kovacevic from the Provincial Secretariat for Education.

      "In the category of partners, we try to help, promote, give contribution as a faculty, especially if we know that this DORIS puzzle is one segment that is being realized at FIMEK, the segment of our own competition, titled 'FIMEK rewards knowledge,'" said Prof. Dr. Dragan Saleša, Dean of FIMEK.

      Creative works of the finalists were judged by a jury of ten domestic and international experts, and students - finalists, their professors, representatives of the region and embassies, attended a solemn selection of winners.

    • Novosadska TV — highlights video

    • Radio Delta (Translation)

      In the Great Hall of the Assembly of AP Vojvodina, May 16, 2018. The ceremony of announcing the winners of the 8th International Festival of Mind was held in the year. The "Festival of Mind" project was organized under the auspices of the Provincial Secretariat for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities-National Communities, in cooperation with Mensa Serbia and the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management - FIMEK.

      The 8th International Festival of Mind gathered around 1000 students from 6 European countries, that is, from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Slovakia, and the best of them were invited to the finals of the Festival of Mind, whose slogan was: "Be creative—secure your future." Students—finalists, their professors, as well as numerous guests, representatives of the region and embassies—attended the proclamation of the winners.

      The ceremony was opened by Deputy Provincial Secretary for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities-National Communities, Milan Kovacevic, emphasizing the importance of promoting knowledge and young smart people who are the future of the world.

      - "As the young people are here and this international festival is involving 6 countries, it says that some new acquaintances are created, new experiences, and therefore it says that Serbia is a country that is open and which follows the overall trends, regardless of the fact that we are not members of the European Union," said Milan Kovacevic.

      On behalf of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, the partner of the "Festival of Mind", dean Prof. Dr. Dragan Saleša congratulated everyone who came to the finals and wished them a lot of luck and success in further work, but also to continue to work hard, because they should be leaders.

      - "What is our motive to support this competition and to be here today with you is to promote the best young people. The imperative of today's time is that we all turn to learning, acquiring new knowledge, because only in this way can we survive in the 21st century and as a society and as a civilization," emphasized Prof. Dr. Dragan Saleša.

      The main goal of the Festival is to give participants a chance to show how creative they are and how capable they are for logical thinking and conclusion. Knowledge gained in school is a good starting point, but this knowledge should be creatively applied in practice. For top-notch results, it is necessary to have confidence in your own values, i.e. self-confidence and a creative way of thinking, based on bold and new ideas, with a lot of imagination and ingenuity. The Festival of Mind encourages participants to get out of the box, think boldly and imaginatively, without self-censorship, to believe in themselves and their creative abilities, which is achieved by the creative puzzle of DORIS by author Zdravko Živkovic.

      - "For the last eight years, this Festival has continued to surprise us every year again with the new ideas of students taking part in the competition. This puzzle has shown that it encourages creativity and inventiveness. By participating in the competition, students become more aware of their abilities and values, gain their faith in themselves, free themselves from those basic obstacles to creativity, that is, self-censorship, fear of bad appraisal, fear of change, and so on. Thus, they become capable of creating new ideas, not only those that are great, but also those that are applied on an everyday basis that can enable us to make our lives better than before. In addition to the puzzle, which unlocks the DNA of creativity, students also solve business ideas," said Dr. Zdravko Živkovic, creator of the DORIS puzzle game.

      The jury's creative works were judged by a jury of 10 distinguished national and international experts who then selected the winners of the Festival by public vote. The highest number of votes and the first place were won by Matej Fijacko, who also took the title of the Champion of Mind in 2018. Matej is a student of the first grade of the Secondary School of Design and Photography from Ljubljana (Slovenia). Second place went to Marlene Rieger, student of the fourth grade of the Ursulinen Gymnasium from Graz (Austria), while Emilija Spasojevic, a second-year student of the Technical School "Sava Muncan" from Bela Crkva (Serbia), won the third place. In addition to the winners of the first three places, 12 finalists were also awarded.

    • Top Srbija (Translation)

      In the Great Hall of the Assembly of AP Vojvodina, May 16, 2018. The ceremony of announcing the winners of the 8th International Festival of Mind was held in the year. The "Festival of Mind" project was organized under the auspices of the Provincial Secretariat for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities-National Communities, in cooperation with Mensa Serbia and the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management (FIMEK).

      The 8th International Festival of Mind gathered around 1000 students from 6 European countries, that is, from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Slovakia, and the best of them were invited to the finals of the Festival of Mind, whose slogan was: "Be creative—secure your future." Students—finalists, their professors, as well as numerous guests, representatives of the regions and embassies—attended the proclamation of the winners.

      The ceremony was opened by Deputy Provincial Secretary for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities-National Communities, Milan Kovacevic, emphasizing the importance of promoting knowledge and young smart people who are the future of the world.

      - "As the young people are and this international festival involves 6 countries, it says that some new acquaintances are created, new experiences, and therefore it says that Serbia is a country that is open and which follows the overall trends regardless of the fact that we are not members of the European Union," said Milan Kovacevic.

      On behalf of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, the partner of the "Festival of Mind", dean Prof. Dr. Dragan Saleša congratulated everyone who came to the finals and wished them a lot of luck and success in further work, but also to continue to work hard, because they should be leaders.

      - "What is our motive to support this competition and to be here today with you is to promote the best young people. The imperative of today's time is that we all turn to learning, acquiring new knowledge, because only in this way can we survive in the 21st century and as a society and as a civilization," emphasized Prof. Dr. Dragan Saleša.

      The main goal of the Festival is to give participants a chance to show how creative they are and how capable they are for logical thinking and conclusion. Knowledge gained in school is a good starting point, but this knowledge should be creatively applied in practice. For top-notch results, it is necessary to have confidence in your own values, i.e. self-confidence and a creative way of thinking, based on bold and new ideas, with a lot of imagination and ingenuity. The Festival of Mind encourages participants to get out of the box, think boldly and imaginatively, without self-censorship, to believe in themselves and their creative abilities, which is achieved by the creative puzzle of DORIS by author Zdravko Živkovic.

      - "During the last eight years, this Festival has continued to surprise us every year again with the new ideas of students taking part in the competition. This puzzle has shown that it encourages creativity and inventiveness. By participating in the competition, students become more aware of their abilities and values, gain their faith in themselves, free themselves from those basic obstacles to creativity, that is, self-censorship, fear of bad appraisal, fear of change, and so on. Thus, they become capable of creating new ideas, not only those that are great, but also those that are applied on an everyday basis that can enable us to make our lives better than before. In addition to the puzzle, which unlocks the DNA of creativity, students also solve business ideas," said Dr. Zdravko Živkovic, creator of the DORIS puzzle.

      The jury's creative works were judged by a jury of 10 distinguished national and international experts who then selected the winners of the Festival by public vote. The highest number of votes and the first place were won by Matej Fijacko, who also took the title of the Champion of Mind in 2018. Matej is a student of the first grade of the Secondary School of Design and Photography from Ljubljana (Slovenia). Second place went to Marlene Rieger, student of the fourth grade of the Ursulinen Gymnasium from Graz (Austria), while Emilija Spasojevic, a second-year student of the Technical School "Sava Muncan" from Bela Crkva (Serbia), won third place. In addition to the winners of the first three places, the 12 finalists also won awards.

    • Ekonomska i upravna škola Osijek (Economic school from Osijek, Croatia) (Translation and a nice slideshow)

      Our students, for the sixth time in a row, came to the "Grand Final" of the International Festival of Mind, held in the AP Vojvodina building in Novi Sad.

      This year, we invited three finalists from our school: Elena Cincurak, 3rd, Klara Balic, 3rd and Helena Vlaškovac from 3rd grade.

      In the shortlist, 15 students appeared. Our third class student, Klara Balic, came to the 12th place "Grand Finals", out of a total of 1000 participants from 10 countries.

    • RTV (Translation)

      NOVI SAD - At the Grand Hall of the Assembly of the AP Vojvodina in Novi Sad today, starting at 12 noon, the ceremony of proclamation of the winners of the 8th International Festival of Memory takes place.

      The "Festival of Mind" project was organized under the auspices of the Provincial Secretariat for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities-National Communities, in cooperation with Mensa Serbia and the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management FIMEK.

      The ceremony will be opened by Milan Kovacevic, deputy of the Provincial Secretary.

      The project has gathered a large number of students from 6 European countries, that is, from Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Slovakia, and the best of them are invited to the finale of the Festival of Mind, whose slogan is "Be Creative—Secure Your Future".

      Pupils—finalists, their professors, representatives of the regions and embassies—as well as representatives of the media will attend the solemn election and the announcement of the winners.

      Creative works of the finalists will be judged by a jury of 10 distinguished domestic and international experts who will then select the winners of the Festival by public vote.

    • eBela Crkva (Translation)

      Emilia Spasojevic from Bela Crkva third at the Festival of Mind. The "Festival of Mind" project was organized under the auspices of the Provincial Secretariat for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities-National Communities, in cooperation with Mensa Serbia and the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management (FIMEK). Students of "Sava Muncan" participate every year and have always been in the finals.

     



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