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Hungarian success stories of 2017

Hungarian success stories of 2017 assembled a list of the most notable success stories of 2017. The list is quite widespread. There are awards winners, sports champions, new design ideas and many more. Check out a portion of what Hungarians were able to accomplish this year.


Zsombor Piros defeated his opponent Israeli Yshai Oliel, and he won the Boys’ singles championship at Australian tennis tournament: 2017 Australian Open.


Aria Hotel Budapest won TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice award.


Hungarian short film Mindenki (Sing) directed by Kristóf Deák won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film. Sing is the first Hungarian film ever to win an Oscar within this category.


The Chain Bridge was featured in Traveler Magazine’s list about the top 10 most beautiful bridges in the world.


Audi recruited the talented Vivi Keszthelyi who became the youngest female racing driver in the world. She is only 16 years old but she is racing in one of the most serious racing series: Audi TT Cup.

Photo: By B.Gergő Nagy

The Hungarian start-up Cabsolutely gained success in the United States where 3 cab companies are already using the Hungarian dispatcher system. Cabsolutely was created by Virág Réti and András Simon.


Attila Mányoki swam the Cook Strait (between the North and South Islands of New Zealand) which is 22 kilometres wide at its narrowest point, and it is considered to be one of the most dangerous and unpredictable waters in the world. The whole country was amazed by his incredible accomplishment.

Popular Hungarian film Kincsem broke box office record as it was watched by more than 300,000 people. No Hungarian film has been watched by this many people for almost a decade, the last one was Children of Glory in 2006.


Hungarian web-based presentation software Prezi bought Infogram. It was a huge success that an Eastern European start-up has grown so much that it was able to buy another company.


Zsombor Piros won the boys’ doubles championship at French tennis tournament: 2017 French Open. Zsombor was paired up with Spanish Nicola Kuhn.

Hungarian film On Body and Soul directed by Ildikó Enyedi won Best Film at Sydney Film Festival.

Photo:ől és Lélekről


A group of Hungarian students won the First Global Challenge, the annual international robotics challenge in Washington (representatives of 162 countries were competing).


53-year-old Ferenc Szőnyi finished first both on The Hell Race (480 km) and the Swissultra (38 km swimming, 1800 km cycling and 422 km running), the ultra-triathlon. He was the first person ever to actually finish The Hell Race on the Himalayas.

Renáta Somogyi’s ice-cream won the Gelato World Tour, the handcrafted Gelato World Recipe Challenge. The Hungarian lady was found to be the best and most innovative gelato maker in the world.


Policewoman, Frida Tóth won the CrossFit division of the Police and Fire Games in Los Angeles. She was the only Hungarian contestant.



Hungarian design won silver at The Clio Awards, the esteemed international awards competition for the creative business. Gábor Gyimóthy, Richárd Bóna and Ádám Lukács created the Hungarian product family of Souldrops which ended up being the second best packaging design.


The gallery design of Batlab Architects gained international recognition.


Sándor Vámosi is the most famous Hungarian YouTuber. He is an artist whose YouTube channel is all about artworks, optical illusions, portraits and cartoons. He has almost one million subscribers.

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