Young Ones Student Awards

The Young Ones competition is one of the most acclaimed advertising, interactive and design student competitions. It has a tradition of excellence dating back to 1986.

2021 Young Ones Jury

Vaibhav Bhanot

Experience Designer

Wunderman Thompson


Vaibhav Bhanot (VB) was born in Nairobi, Kenya, grew up in Mumbai, India and is now working at Wunderman Thompson, New York as an Experience Designer. Living in different countries and continents has made him realize the value of empathy in the culture of innovation and made him a staunch believer of “users define products”.

With a background in products and design thinking, he is able to optimize research, strategize wholistic ecosystems and develop human experiences that matter. 
He is passionate about work that involves the evolution of user engagement with technology through the lens of culture and time. He’s had the opportunity to lead and collaborate with talented individuals and colleagues across the globe to deliver award winning work for brands from different industries. His work has been featured at Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity, CES, Clio Image Awards, AdForum, Adage and CreativeBrief.

He is also the co-founder of LinkIt.Black, an attempt to disrupt the current landscape of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) recruitment to present an opportunity to those who are underrepresented. If you’re in the creative industry, you can use your personal platforms (LinkedIn, portfolio and social accounts) to redirect a recruiter towards talent that often gets overlooked. VB thrives best in an environment that evokes team spirit, integrity and societal impact.




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