Following the DemoDays on 14–15 December to showcase the work during MediaFutures’ third Open Call, we’re excited to announce the projects that have made it through to the BUILD Phase from the ‘Startups for Citizens’ and ‘Startups meets Artist’ tracks.
We ran six unique sessions for the teams across the three tracks. The training partners – the Open Data Institute (ODI); Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM); Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL); and Next Media Accelerator (NMA) – ran the sessions over a two-week period.
The sessions in detail
Art-Tech Collaborations – Best Practices
- Mandatory for the Startup meets Artist track
- This session is intended to improve work between the startups and the artists, ensuring that they have a well understood common language, available resources, working environment etc, to allow for the best possible co-creation process
Training by Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL)
Basics of Personal Data and GDPR
- Mandatory for all tracks
- It is essential that all teams are aware of issues surrounding data protections and GDPR, seeing as this is a data-driven programme. This session includes information about the EU framework for personal data protection, and breaks down key concepts, including legal aspects.
Training by Next Media Accelerator (NMA)
- Mandatory for the Startups for Citizens and Startup meet Artist tracks, that is, those with a business aspect
- This session aims to guide participants in the different aspects of building a business product, using an existing framework that considers market context, players and competitors
- Mandatory for the Startups for Citizens and Startup meet Artist tracks (those with a business aspect)
- At the end of the START phase, the Startups for Citizens and Startup meets Artist teams are required to pitch their ideas to a panel of experts, who will then decide on the best to continue on to the BUILD phase that will last until the end of May 2023. This session is intended to help participants with everything from essential pitch content, to body language and tonality.
Training by the Open Data Institute (ODI)
Anonymisation is for Everyone
- Mandatory for all tracks
- Helps teams to understand the need for anonymising personal data, and some techniques for doing so
Introduction to Data Ethics
- Mandatory for all tracks
- Helps teams to understand the ethical issues with data handling, including concepts (ethics, morals, law etc) and case studies
Meet our eight jury panellists
Eight expert jury panellists judged the projects on the DemoDays in December. The panellists were:
Haiqi Bian is a software engineer for automated driving at one of the top Tier 1 suppliers in the automotive industry in Germany. After getting his bachelor’s degree in computer science in Shanghai, he went on to earn his double degrees in France, one in electronic engineering and the other in international industrial affairs. He is currently working on a collision avoidance function for a next-generation electric vehicle. Furthermore, he uses his leisure time to win the online challenges for object detection and driver behaviour cloning by using deep learning models. Haiqi previously designed the software architecture and brought it from theory to practice for a backup function for the world’s first conditionally automated driving.
Natasha Den Dekker
Natasha den Dekker is an award-winning UX Researcher at LexisNexis (based in the UK). She currently works on the search capability across various products with a focus on news and the aggregation of information. Prior to LexisNexis, she worked for a startup and varying public-sector focused consultancies as a user research consultant, focused on improving government digital services for specific agencies and departments across the English government and abroad. Prior to being a UX researcher, Natasha worked as an information professional in the NHS – which involved working alongside clinicians to provide evidence-based research to inform patient care, at Oxfam which took her to Geneva, Kenya and the Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. As well as working as librarian at Microsoft UK which provided her with a lot of the skills that she uses now.
Umesh is a serial entrepreneur with a wealth of operational experience, having founded multiple start-ups over the last decade. He is an innovation consultant who has worked with some of the largest companies in the world with clients, including National Grid, Unilever, P&G, SXSW, Cushman & Wakefield, and Accenture. He has mentored at some of Europe’s major accelerator programmes, advised 100+ start-ups at various stages and has reviewed over 10,000 pitch decks in his career to date. He is an active angel investor in early-stage start-ups focusing on tech, property, hospitality and retail sectors.
Nico Lumma is Managing Director at NMA (the Next Media Accelerator). He studied Political Science and History in Göttingen, Germany, and in Berkeley, California. He hasn’t been offline since 1995 and has a strong interest in digital innovation. Nico co-founded NMA in 2015 to build the premier hub for media innovation in Europe. Nico co-founded D64 – Center for Digital Process, a non-profit organisation that serves as a think-tank on important political issues dealing with the digital sphere. He serves on many advisory boards, including the State Council for Digital Development and Culture in Rhineland-Palatinate, and Hamburg’s Roundtable on Digital Business.Umesh Kumar
Hannah is the Director of Data as Culture Art Programme / Associate Curator. Hannah joined the ODI team as Associate Curator in 2014. As a contemporary art curator Hannah specialises in emerging and multidisciplinary practice which raises social, cultural and ethical questions within the fields of art, data, science and technology.
Svenja Teichmann is founder and managing director of crowdmedia GmbH – a digital marketing agency. In addition to consulting and agency business, her activities include engagements as a trainer, speaker and moderator. Her main topics are to be found in the digital. At crowdmedia, she advises companies in the B2C and B2B sectors on digital strategies with a focus on social media, online and content marketing. In addition, she trains employees and executives of companies on issues around digital transformation, digital leadership or other topics within the online world.
Hugues Vinet is Head of Innovation and Research Means at IRCAM, and is in charge of supervising the artistic residencies program for MediaFutures. He has recently coordinated the VERTIGO project managing STARTS Residencies, a program of 45 residencies of artists contributing to technological innovation throughout Europe. Hugues also curates the Vertigo Forum, a yearly symposium at Centre Pompidou associated with thematic exhibitions gathering artists and researchers on contemporary trends of artistic creation in relation to science and technology.
After working in launch and change management, as well as in marketing, Merlene joined NMA to develop new accelerator programs for additional startup industries. In close correspondence with the managing partners she coordinates the interest-integration of startup and corporate partners, while adding academic insights in e-commerce and sustainability from HSBA