On 7 and 8 September MediaFutures kicked off! 

The project offers funding, mentoring and support for entrepreneurial and creative projects to reshape the media value chain through responsible, innovative uses of data.

MediaFutures will, in its three years of duration, set up a data-driven innovation hub for the media value chain and will launch a first Open Call at the mid of November 2020, open for projects by creatives and entrepreneurs.

The innovation hub will offer technical, operational, legal, ethical, subject-specific resources, funding and support for innovators, be that startups, artists or combinations thereof. The aim is to help them carry out pilots, and produce artworks and experiences using data, which encourage people to engage more meaningfully with high-quality journalism, science education and digital citizenship.

During three Open Calls interesting data-informed business ideas and creative projects concerning the media value chain will be selected and participate in the MediaFutures mentoring Accelerator programme. Each call will have three tracks: Startups for Citizens (building a product or service that encourages novel, more meaningful ways to engage with media content; Startup meets Artist (teams consisting of a startup and an artist collaboratively developing a new concept of data technology and the arts; Artists for Media (artists proposing an innovative artwork concept and production process that critically and materially explore data and technology to question and comment on its impact on individuals and society). The open calls could be of interest for BDVA associates, both data users as well as data providers. Get in touch with us k.firus#arroba#den-institute.org for more information and for being added to the contact list for the release of the Open Call, and follow us on Twitter and Linkedin.

Members of the MediaFutures consortium are: Leibniz University Hannover (Coordinator), King’s College London, Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM) Centre Pompidou, LUISS University, Zabala Innovation Consulting, Next Media Accelerator, Eurecat Technology Centre of Catalonia, Open Data Institute, DEN Institute and KU Leuven.