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The Winners

We are proud to present our seven Challenge winners from the five Europeana Creative “Open Innovation Challenges”. The Challenges took place between April 2014 and March 2015 and were open to any individual or company wanting to express their creativity in re-using cultural heritage content from Europeana.

History Challenge Winner: Trimaps

With this application you can enable geolocation on your visitor's mobile devices displaying historic maps from Europeana.

Natural Challenge Winner: Pathways

The application is designed to allow the user to create learning pathways, populate them with content, define learning goals and enable a learner to follow a route through the museum, making the learning process interative.

History Challenge Winner: Zeitfenster

An augmented reality app that uses mixed content to provide an interactive experience for the user to take the present day view displayed by the camera and superimpose a historical photograph or video over it.

Tourism Challenge Winner: Buitenplaats Mobiel

Buitenplaats Mobiel will offer educational treasure hunts for children at a number historic country estates.

Social Networks Challenge Winner: Ajapaik (Timepatch)

This web application utilises “the crowd” to enhance the metadata of a photograph or illustration. One example involves letting users add the location and angle of orientation as geotags.

Design Challenge Winner: Gallery Dynamic

This company will install low powered LCD screens in office buildings that bring varied art and culture to the workplace through the display of curated collections.

Design Challenge Winner: Public Domain City (PDC)

Public Domain City will digitally retouch curious and intriguing images found in different Public Domain collections within Europeana and create more re-usable versions for the creative industries.

The Challenges

The aim of the Europeana Creative Open Challenges was to engage designers, artists, developers and entrepreneurs to explore and experiment with with cultural heritage content available in Europeana.

We challenged ingenious minds and makers to rethink and redesign our common culture, and produce innovative and novel interpretations that make use of digital cultural content and data sourced from Europeana or Europeana Labs.

The Europeana API allowed the participants to access 2000+ collections and incorporate them into apps, games, products and websites. They could even create mash-ups when connecting Europeana's API with other sources or APIs.

The Process

The Europeana Creative Open Challenges were open to any private, public or non-profit organisation within the EU or EFTA. For a successful application one needed to be a legal person registered in one of the 28 EU member states or EFTA member states.

Following an online assessment by a panel of experts and industry judges the best applications were invited to pitch a Challenge event where we selected the winners in each theme.

Following the pitches, the winners were chosen and rewarded with a three-month mentoring & incubation program from a team of experts. The prize consisted of specialist support providing business mentoring, technical support, assistance with identifying and accessing finance, facilitation of business partnerships, access to specialised testing environments, marketing and promotion support.

The Events

The 1st Challenge Event on Natural History Education and History Education took place on April 29, 2014 at The Egg, Brussels. The winners were “Trimaps”, “Pathways” and “Zeitfenster”.

The 2nd Challenge Event was inspired by Tourism and Social Networks and took place on 23 September at the Mobile World Centre in Barcelona. The winners were “Buitenplaats mobiel” and “Ajapaik”.

The 3rd and final Challenge Event under the theme of Design was held at the Future Everything Festival in Manchester, on 27 February 2015. The winners were “Gallery Dynamic” and “Public Domain City”.

The Promotional Videos

Europeana Creative Design Challenge , Video by, CC BY-SA Europeana Creative

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Europeana Creative Natural History Education Challenge; Video by, CC BY-SA Europeana Creative

Europeana Creative History Education Challenge; Video by, CC BY-SA Europeana Creative