STORIES X FUTURE
In this 5 week incubation program you will explore the potential of emerging media (VR/AR/AI/5G), improve your business acumen, and design innovative projects for impact.
Our goal is to foster action for a better future by incubating projects and stories with the potential to inspire collective action on the Sustainable Development Goals.
#LINES OF ACTION
Life in plastic,
1 #Climate crisis
#oceans #circular economy #indigenous #plasticfree #greencities #mobility
Can we be satisfied
when we are
2 #Social Justice
#blacklivesmatter #equality #feminism #poverty #indigenous #refugees
Can food waste
help feed the
3#Food & Agriculture
#agriculture #futureoffood #endhunger #foodwaste
is necessary for the
the jobs of the future?
#decentwork #equalopportunities #jobsofthefuture #learningneverstops
the best medicine
for your health?
#cognitiveproblems #physicaldiscapacity #illness #mentalhealth #covid19
Can your story change the world?
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The 5 week program includes:
- Bi-weekly live working sessions with industry experts to inspire and sharpen skills,
- Methodological tools to support project design,
- Access to a network of XR, sustainability and innovation industry experts and
- Connection to a network of international creators to join forces with.
SESSION 1 - Oct 26th
Kick Off &
We’ll present the goal and structure of the program and organise a live matchmaking event for those who want to build their project in collaboration with creatives who have complementary skills and similar goals.
(The program is tailored to foster international synergies, though we also welcome those who want to work individually - read more below).
SESSION 2 - Oct 28th
Inspiration Phase - Research
& Meet the Subject Experts
The session will kick off with a panel of experts who will answer the question: “What is Impact?” while exploring impact motivations from different campaign perspectives, including advocacy, fundraising, and behavior change. Panelists include Shani Winterstein, Bruce Morrow, Benjamin Kumpf, and Tom Perry. Following this, Kristin Gutekunst will share insights collected from years working with new media & XR for the SDGs.
SESSION 3 - Nov 2nd
Masterclass with Marta Ordeig, Founder of Garage Stories, who has led innovation workshop all over the world; and Jesse Damiani, curator, speaker and visionary of the XR industry. They will help you start identifying and articulating your project value proposition: why does it need to exist and who are the allies that can help you make it happen? The masterclass will also look into different use cases of successful projects and explore techniques to build your vision and KPIs.
Founder Garage Stories
Deputy Director of Emerging Tech y at SNHU • Forbes Contributor • Curator/Producer of New Media Exhibitions
SESSION 4 - Nov 4th
Storytelling & Conceptualisation
Masterclass with Barnaby Churchill Steel, Founder and Director at Marshmallow Laser Feast ("Tree Hugger", "Ocean of Air") and Ricardo Laganaro, Partner and Chief StoryTelling Officer at ARVORE (“A Linha / The Line”, “Step to the Line”), each creating groundbreaking examples of how VR’s horizons can be expanded to change people lives and expand our perceptions. They will share their creative process and some good practices to design effective narratives for impact.
Founder and Director
Marshmallow Laser Feast
Chief Storytelling Director
SESSION 5 - Nov 9th
Design for Impact
Masterclass with George Aye, founder of Greater Good Studio which uses design to fight oppression. He’ll discuss how to design impactful projects that go beyond the "user centric design" to question whose needs we start with to build a better planet.
Co-Founder Greater Good Studio
SESSION 6 - Nov 11th
Masterclass with Ulrico Grech-Cumbo, Founder of HabitatXR, (“Gorilla VR” with the Ellen Fund), an expert in launching and scaling new businesses. He will share his experience to help participants design and implement models to make projects economically sustainable and scalable.
SESSION 7 - Nov 16th
Distribution & Marketing
Masterclass with Myriam Achard, Director of PR and Communications at Phi Centre. She will share her expertise producing and distributing successful projects and campaigns. It will help participants learn how to build a distribution strategy, including metrics, financial considerations, and how to communicate and reach target audiences.
Chief, New Media Partnerships & PR
Immersive Media Consultant
SESSION 8 - Nov 18th
Masterclass with Tipatat Chennavasin, director at VR Fund and VR/ AR/ AI investor, who will share some best practices for delivering the perfect presentation or pitch. This session will help participants effectively communicate the potential of an idea so as to find allies, partners and investors to make it happen.
FINAL EVENT - Nov 24th
Pitch sessions with
experts & mentors
Pitching session via Zoom. Teams will be divided in breakout rooms and given the chance to pitch their ideas to experts and mentors who will select the best pitch (up to 10 teams per room). The best pitches will repeat in front of all participants. The goal? Create synergies to make projects happen!
¡Spots are limited!
HOW TO APPLY
The program is open to all creators willing to sharpen their skills to build impactful projects!
Teams or Individuals with or without an existing idea or project
You can join with a pre-established team or as an individual, and can join the matchmaking process to find other participants to join your project as necessary.
The matchmaking process is designed to help individual participants join teams with an idea they like, or find other creatives without a pre-existing idea looking to build a team.
Editors & Writers
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