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The cultural and creative industries across the world have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, and both individuals and organisations in the field are trying to understand the impact of and to adapt to this new reality. A 48-hour fully online hackathon HackCreative: An Industry Transformed on May 1-3 invites industry leaders, creatives, artists, event organisers and culture workers to build new solutions for this unprecedented challenge.

Stories Editorial April 21, 2020

Event cancellations, travel restrictions, quarantine and self-isolation protocols along other containment measures aiming to protect the public against the pandemic have left the cultural and creative industries, heavily reliant on physical and local experiences, transformed and disrupted. In this time of uncertainty, creatives, freelance workers and events are particularly threatened by the consequences of the pandemic.


This challenging time also presents an opportunity for transformation, collaboration and learning. Cultural and creative industries are in a strategically important position to promote sustainable and inclusive growth in all EU regions and cities both during and after the crisis. The 48-hour online hackathon is open to all creatives, event organisers and culture workers, as well as professionals from other industries, eager to develop new ways of building bridges across industries and creating platforms for collaboration with the audience. Registration for the event is available here.


The online hackathon will not require previous experience in digital technology, only a proactive interest to work on new solutions and devote 48 hours to learn and work on projects together with other creative professionals from different cultural backgrounds and industries. Over the course of a weekend, participants will learn, build and share their creations with the help of experienced mentors and industry experts.


Participants will divide into teams and work on their own projects or join projects proposed by others. During this time, they will have the opportunity to attend six online workshops hosted by industry professionals and consult with several mentors available on hand at all times, offering advice on a wide range of topics that range from UX to event management.


The workshops will be led by industry proffesionals: Alex Antolino (Spain), Creative Director at Typeform, advertising specialist, documentarian and overnight producer; Birgitta Persson (Sweden), COO at Point of Value and Director at Olivearte cultural agency; Sebastien Toupy (Netherlands), Head of Startup Relations at The Next Web, open innovation and global events scene master; Līna Marta Sarma (Latvia), computer scientist specialising in creative coding, hackathon veteran and former Executive Director at TechHub Riga; Egita Poļanska (Latvia), Partnership Manager at Startup Wise Guys specialising in business model and commercialisation; Edgars Zvirgzdiņš (Latvia), Founder at Associates, Partners et Sons, specialising in branding, product and graphic design.


Creative and Cultural Industries hackathon is organised by Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) in cooperation with Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art and Trans Europe Halles network, and supported by the Ministry of Culture. NDPC focuses on improving operational conditions for cultural and creative industries, bridging the gap between various sources of funding, sectors of activity and strengthening cooperation between project owners, business communities, the public sector and international institutions throughout the Northern Dimension.