News / 20 Jun 2024

Students win prestigious Cannes Future Lions competition

BA (Hons) Marketing Communications

Two final year BA (Hons) Creative Advertising (now BA (Hons) Marketing Communications) students are one of four winners at the Cannes Future Lions competition 2024.

Future Lions is an annual global competition in partnership with AKQA and Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, which celebrates progressive ideas from young creatives. This year the brief has been set by Spotify in partnership with The Wall Street Journal, and asked entrants “How can Spotify spread positivity by using technology to bring listeners closer to the creators and communities they love?”

Creative team Maia Johnston and Tate Lampi have won an award for their project 'Sick Beats', a feature that allows users to combat the symptoms of motion sickness using a new white noise feature on the Spotify app.

“Tate and I are thrilled to say that we've won a Future Lions award 2024! We had an incredible time working on this year's Spotify brief and are so happy our work has been recognised. Such a great way to finish our final year as students.”

Maia Johnston, BA (Hons) Creative Advertising student

An airport terminal showing a poster mockup on a red background with a picture of a phone showing the Spotify app. The legible text reads 'Feeling Sick? We've got something sicker. Combating the symptoms of motion sickness, through a love of music.'

Maia Johnston and Tate Lampi

Sick Beats

“Maia and I are so happy to have won an award at this year's Cannes Future Lions! We had so much fun on this brief! And it's nice to know that people liked it as much as we did. Thanks to everyone who gave us feedback and time on our idea! We honestly couldn't have done it without you.”

Tate Lampi, BA (Hons) Creative Advertising student

The four winning ideas were revealed at Spotify Beach at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in June 2024, with each team receiving the prestigious Future Lions trophy.

“This is a sensational achievement for Maia and Tate. It’s one of those ideas that’s so brilliant you can’t believe nobody has thought of it before. Globally, there were three times as many entries into this than last year. So to get short listed, and then win, in such a prestigious competition as Cannes Lions is brilliant. This is a massive deal.”

Nick Young, BA (Hons) Marketing Communications Senior Lecturer

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