A 14-year-old student from the Pares Secondary School, Daniel Athill Jonas, won the Waku-Doki award for his innovative design of a future Toyota Dream Car called “The Supra Furidamu”.
This design features advanced technology and sustainability features, such as self-tinting glass, ultrasonic sensors, and an exterior coated in graphene.
The judges praised Jonas’ design for its blend of technology and sustainability. Out of 782,852 art pieces submitted from 90 countries and regions, 25 winners were chosen, and Jonas won one of the two special awards. He is the first person from the Caribbean to win a prize in this global art competition.
His school received XCD 27,000, and Jonas received XCD 13,500. The contest was held in Antigua and Barbuda, where over 40 young creatives shared their drawings for their ultimate dream cars.
Two winners were selected from each age category, ages 7-11 and 12-15. The two local winners and four other artworks were submitted to the world contest, judged in Japan.
The contest was introduced a decade ago in Antigua and Barbuda by Harney Motors, the Toyota distributor, to encourage children aged 15 and under to design sustainable cars.