©Technology Will Save Us
In recent years, the UK has led the pack when it comes to applying digital hacking practice and business start-up strategy to the cultural domain. We believe that the creative and cultural industries globally are well placed to embrace technological innovation and benefit from the digital revolution.
Hacks can provide interesting models of activity, not only for instigating new collaborations (e.g. geeks with creative and cultural sectors) but also in coming up with quick, innovative solutions. In our Culture Shift programme, hacks usually last 48 hours and participants pitch a finished prototype to a panel of judges. In some cases, winners are granted funds and our local partners provide a level of support and incubation in order for their ideas to become a reality.
We have been running Culture Shift globally in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Lagos, Brazil, Egypt, UAE, Greece and Russia. Our UK partners have been instrumental in the delivery of this programme and have included: Social Innovation Camp, Snook, CultureCode, Technology Will Save Us, Culture TECH, Pervasive Media Studio and KIMCHI and CHIPS.
Prototypes & Projects Examples
Pakacha (Kenya) – a digital platform that allows artists to find and sell art supplies using a ‘barter and hire’ system. Sellers list art supplies and buyers text them directly with the charge of the SMS being credited to Pakacha for putting them in touch.
Mainframe Films (Nigeria) – a global movies app that promotes African film
PubHub (South Africa) – a self-publishing literature vending machine to make literature affordable and accessible