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The @diversity Idea Competition is now open!

The "@diversity" European Idea Competition was officially launched on 21 May and is seeking fresh and innovative ideas based on ICT applications to MAKE, ACCESS, SPREAD and/or FINANCE cultural products and services.

The ideas compete in the 4 main categories "Make Culture", "Spread Culture", "Access Culture", "Finance Culture" and one additional category called "Young Culture" for individual and teams that are under 25 years old. This competition is open until 19 August 2013 [23:59 CET].

An online jury of experts, professionals from the cultural sectors, entrepreneurs and artists will nominate 10 ideas per category. Each of the nominated ideas will be presented on the @diversity website and pass to the final jury. On 30 September 2013 the final jury will select 3 winners for each category.

The 15 winning ideas will be invited to the @diversity Idea Award Ceremony in Brussels. Each winning idea will get expert coaching to be developed into competitive business models and will have the opportunity to pitch twice in front of international stakeholders. So, take the chance and shape the future of the European cultural and creative sectors with your idea.

Every citizen of the European Union and Croatia can apply before 19 August 2013 through our website: www.at-diversity.eu

In case you have social media presence, we would be very grateful if you would link, add, like, repost or re-tweet our social media channels:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/At-Diversity/572355742795088#

Youtube - http://www.youtube.com/user/atdiversity

Twitter - https://twitter.com/AtDiversity

Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/atdiversity

Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/people/atdiversity/

About

@diversity is a two-year Pilot Project initiated by the European Parliament and funded by the European Union. It is implemented by a consortium led by the international media consultancy peacefulfish (Berlin, London, Brussels, Belgium) together with the Dutch think tank Kennisland and the German media agency MFG. The project is supported by Creative Skillset, L AVOCAT, and All4theEU. http://ec.europa.eu/culture/news/20130523-diversity_en.htm

Peacefulfish

Peacefulfish holds in-depth knowledge of all the different areas of the global content industry, ranging from film to gaming to mobile content, spanning a variety of cultural sectors. Created in 2000, it is a media consulting company, specializing in content financing and in developing innovative financial instruments. We support the national and regional development of the cultural sector, including cultural and creative SMEs through tailor-made financing tools and financial incentives. Through our partner company Media Deals, we can source on a unique experience in equity financing for the culture and creative industries. Due to our integral insight into business planning and SME-support, we bring added value by assisting the valorization and monetization of the ideas, as we are conscious of the practical needs of the cultural sector.

www.peacefulfish.com

Kennisland

Kennisland is an Amsterdam-based think tank fostering social innovation for a smart society. It designs and realizes interventions to strengthen the knowledge society with a mission to smarten-up society - "smart" being the ability to learn and to continue to innovate, making maximum use of inherent knowledge, talents, experiences at every level and in every field. Kennisland focuses on fields that demand smart innovative solutions, such as education, culture, government, heritage, copyright, Creative Industries. Kennisland has extensive experience in addressing issues related to copyright and business models in the cultural heritage sector and the creative industries.

www.kennisland.nl

MFG Innovation Agency for ICT and Media

MFG Innovation Agency for ICT and Media has been strengthening Baden-Württemberg as a business location for IT, media and creative industries since 1995. MFG improves regional innovation and competitiveness including the promotion of regional, national and international cooperation. Its focus is on the support of successful entrepreneurship especially in small and medium-sized companies, also connecting them with application-oriented research and public funding programmes. MFG Public Innovation Agency is part of MFG Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg. Further divisions are MFG Film Funding and MFG Foundation. Proprietors of MFG Baden-Württemberg mbH are the State of Baden-Württemberg and SWR Media Services GmbH.

In case you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We thank you already in advance for your valuable time.

Best regards,

The @diversity team

Managing Office: peacefulfish | derfflingerstr. 18 | 10785 Berlin | Tel. +49 30 488 28 85 70

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The Creative Shift Forum

29 September 2014 | Brussels

@diversity would like to thank all attendees of the Creative Shift Forum 2014 for their valuable input and the vivid exchange. Please find below a link to a report about the event including the kind feedback of our attendees.

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