Digitizing
Creative industries

We enable innovators from the creative industries to have a positive political impact.

Projects

In a Europe-wide Call for Ideas, we were looking for innovations from the creative industries to network the creative industries as a whole and provide targeted support for selected innovations.

30+
experts connected
5
projects in acceleration
90+
community members

INTRODUCING DCI

The creative industries have enormous potential to help shape the digitization of our societies - at the same time digitization is fundamentally changing how and what values the creative industries create. The Digitizing Creative Industries (DCI) is an innovation accelerator funded by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany that supports creative ideas for a digitized and democratic Europe.
All of our five selected projects are under the aegis of an overall social goal such as diversity, safe spaces or empowerment. We aim to accelerate solutions which can serve as potential role models for the industry and its sub sectors. Besides, we help to develop ideas for foreign cultural policy on how our democratic goals can be promoted within the creative industries ecosystem.

Innovations

During the 4-month period of the accelerator, June - October 2022, the five innovation teams are being matched with experts from across Europe. Together, they accelerate their innovative ideas to a proof of concept.

About the project

THE NEWSROOM is on a mission to fight misinformation and promote plurality online by changing news reading through bite-sized news and context. There’s a trust crisis towards the media that has devastating consequences on our democracies, on polarization and our mental health. The team wants to offer younger, tech-savvy generations an innovative and trustworthy way to engage with the news and to act upon them, in a way that empowers them as active citizens. 

The start-up has built an AI-powered mobile application for news discovery that puts readers in the driver’s seat. It guides users through a step-by-step approach to news reading that provides them with full control on how deep they want to go for five key news events per day. Users also have the chance to discover the historical context behind the news and to understand the differentiating points of view and furthermore, what they agree and disagree on. 

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The Newsroom is a media startup that is fighting misinformation to enable people to engage with the news and empower them to be more active as citizens.

Political vision

The solution of The Newsroom works towards increased confidence in reading the news and an improved public debate. This contributes to trust and confidence in reading the news which are directly related to inclusive civic engagement and democratic participation, public access to information and to the protection of fundamental rights within our societies. Furthermore, the team fosters global citizenship and appreciation of diversity and through tackling misinformation, boosts engagement as well as capacity to take action against climate change. 

Mentors

Friedrich Budde
Corporate Innovation
Friedrich Budde is a Technology & Methodology Enthusiast and Corporate Innovator. He has a PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science and 25+ years of experience in consulting. 
Antonia Loncar
Communications
Antonia Loncar has 10+ years of experience across the private and public sector, including NGOs, Think Tanks, EU and UN agencies and specializes in content creation and EU affairs.

About the project

IMAGINARY has created the "open source exhibition", where they are collecting and distributing math exhibits related to democracy or a democratic Europe to museums, schools, and universities. 

Currently, the team is focusing on further developing the platform for democracy exhibitions with the french ThinkTank Lumen. 

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IMAGINARY is an art and digital design startup that is providing an open-source collection of science exhibits with a democratic core to it.

Political vision

The main idea behind this innovation is to establish a culture of openly sharing exhibits between museums. Freely distributed science exhibits can be installed in big cities and engage a very large public in an interactive and attractive form.

Mentors

David Schmidt
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David Schmidt is an expert in innovation and business modeling and does consulting on customer centric innovation, product development and business models.
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About the project

HMAROCHOSis an online media outlet from Kyiv, Ukraine. The team consists of experienced reporters, journalists, and digital specialists who have been promoting the sustainable development of cities for years and gained a reputation as a leading permanent platform for public discussion of relevant urban processes. 

 

Hmarochos focuses on sustainable, progressive practices and how urban communities are uniting to reach their goals. The team relies on local communities in cities and experts in the fields they write about.

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Hmarochos is a progressive media startup that covers topics like urban development, housing, mobility, public spaces and human rights. 

Political vision

The team aspires to create a local online media using their innovative approach including creating media as a social enterprise, a civic platform and a glocalised focus for a newsroom. Every citizen who wants to know what is happening in their city as well as representatives of local businesses and the municipality, urban communities, activists and social groups like neighborhood associations and environmental organizations benefit from Hmarochos and the enabled discussions about the future of cities and our coexistence in them.

Mentors

Robert Jacobi
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Robert Jacobi is an expert in digital strategy and digital transformation, digital marketing/advertising, content marketing and communication, especially in the following industries: media, financial services and automotive.
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About the project

EˉLEKTRONis a performing arts platform that creates and presents transdisciplinary artworks for both physical and virtual stages. Each show is unique and while some have several stages at once, some aim to communicate face-to-face with the audience and some want to move the viewer into a virtual space.

The team loves to offer a collective, intimate, and imaginative experience. Artists, Universal Music, and start-up competitions, hackathons, and accelerators have shown appreciation for their idea already.

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eˉlektron is a performing arts platform that enables people from all over the world, who would usually not have access to experience performing arts from wherever they are.

Political vision

eˉlektron is making performing arts more inclusive, so that everyone has the possibility to experience such artistic events.

Mentors

Maximilian Gutsche
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Maximilian Gutsche is a digital business model expert that works on web2 digital platforms & ecosystems and my corner in Web3 is Tokenomics. He is a strong believer in a user owned economy and believes that creators should own their fair share.
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About the project

MYRACLE combines state-of-the-art XR with sights, sounds, interactions, and physical movement in the world around you to build learning experiences that seamlessly blend stimulus, interaction, and creativity. 

Myracle’s learning experiences are created at the intersection of educators, technologists, and visual as well as performing artists, and a creator community across these disciplines is being built. 

They want to provide collaboration tools to enable community stakeholders to co-create active learning experiences to be distributed using Myracle’s technology. For the composability of their learning experiences, Myracle aims to use the transparency, auditability, and scalability that Web 3 technologies bring. The business model is a C2B2C and B2G2C model with the community as producers, educational organizations and governments as buyers and students and learners as users. 

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Myracle is a product design startup that is providing state-of-the-art XR learning experiences with Web 3 technologies.

Political vision

Myracle aims to attract curious learners from all over the world and create a decentralized open innovation community of educators, technologists, and artists around the globe.

Mentors

Alan Armstrong
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Alan Armstrong focuses on equipping entrepreneurs with the essential startup skills necessary for validating their market and building a sustainable business.
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supporters

facilitators and innovation experts

expert partners

Isabelle Schwenkert
Innovation Management
Isabelle is experienced in innovation management and consulting in technology-driven industries. She facilitates the workshops about business modeling and reflecting on customer needs.
Friedrich Budde
Corporate Innovation
Friedrich Budde is a Technology & Methodology Enthusiast and Corporate Innovator. He facilitates the workshops about business modeling, prototype building and testing as well as measuring success.
Sophia Braun
Social Entrepreneurship
Sophia Braun’s research focuses on entrepreneurial action under uncertainty in business and society, especially effectuation.
Eva-Maria Markutzik
Innovation
Eva-Maria Markutzik is an innovation expert in the fields of biotech, medtech and digital health.
Marius Schmidt
Design Thinking
Marius Schmidt is an Innovation Consultant who focuses on Design Thinking.
Alan Armstrong
Entrepreneurship
Alan Armstrong focuses on equipping entrepreneurs with skills necessary for market validation and building a sustainable business. He facilitates the workshop about getting to know customers.
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Antonia Loncar
Communications
Antonia Loncar specializes in content creation, EU affairs and media.
David Schmidt
Business Modeling
David Schmidt is an expert in innovation and business modeling and does consulting on customer centric innovation, product development and business models.
Robert Jacobi
Digital Strategy
Robert Jacobi is an expert in digital strategy and digital transformation, digital marketing/advertising, content marketing and communication.
Maximilian Gutsche
Digital Business Modeling
Maximilian Gutsche is a digital business model expert that works on web2 digital platforms & ecosystems and my corner in Web3 is Tokenomics.
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Other supporters

Aurore Gerard, Balazs Horvath, Branislava Lovre, Susanne Perner, Isabel De Peuter-Rutten, Mario Chatzidamianos, Maximilian Rau, Raphael Stanzani
Brought to you by Polis180, a grassroots think tank for European and foreign policy, supported by Auswärtiges Amt (the German Federal Foreign Office)
Polis180, a grassroots think tank that contributes ideas, analyses and solutions of our generation to the political discourse through innovative, participatory and inclusive approaches.Our Digital European Futures Initiative is an EU-wide forum for exchange and the development of concrete solutions between science, art, politics and business on the societal potentials and challenges of digitization. In collaboration with partners such as the Goethe Institute, we have built a network of thought leaders in (digital) European and foreign policy (including from the Open Data Institute London, the University of Amsterdam, the Delft University of Technology, the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society).
The German Federal Foreign Office funds this project.
Its interest is rooted in the innovation potentials of the creative industries across all European countries. Thus the innovation teams will be accompanied by members of Polis180 to write policy briefings for the German Federal Foreign Office that eventually inform the future strategy of the Foreign Office's foreign cultural and educational policy.

Polis180

Polis180, a grassroots think tank that contributes ideas, analyses and solutions of our generation to the political discourse through innovative, participatory and inclusive approaches.

Our Digital European Futures Initiative is an EU-wide forum for exchange and the development of concrete solutions between science, art, politics and business on the societal potentials and challenges of digitization. In collaboration with partners such as the Goethe Institute, we have built a network of thought leaders in (digital) European and foreign policy (including from the Open Data Institute London, the University of Amsterdam, the Delft University of Technology, the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society).

polis180.org

Federal Foreign Office

The German Federal Foreign Office funds this project.

Its interest is rooted in the innovation potentials of the creative industries across all European countries. Thus the innovation teams will be accompanied by members of Polis180 to write policy briefings for the German Federal Foreign Office that eventually inform the future strategy of the Foreign Office's foreign cultural and educational policy.

auswaertiges-amt.de