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Europeana Creative Design Challenge - Last Call-out!

Europeana Creative is pleased to announce its 5th and final challenge to design and submit products, applications and designs that reuse Europeana content in the theme of design.

The aim of the Europeana Creative - Design Challenge is to engage designers, artists, developers and entrepreneurs to explore and experiment with with cultural heritage content available in Europeana.

Europeana Creative challenges 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 allows you to access 2000+ collections and incorporate them into apps, games, products and websites. You can even create mash-ups when connecting Europeana's API with other sources or APIs. The possibilities are endless!

What should you create?

eCreative welcome a wide range of works for the challenge, and appreciate contemporary and creative approaches to the digital cultural heritage materials. For example, including but not limited to results of digital fabrication, media art, design objects, web/mobile applications and services.

Please keep in mind that the submitted works must re-use materials that are sourced through Europeana. Please also check the license of the content, making sure that re-use for your project context is allowed. To make things easier, discover here reusable content available in both the Europeana portal and API.

To give you some more concrete idea of works that could be made using the Europeana content, below are some examples. These are meant as examples only, so let your inspiration run free and propose new innovative ideas:

  • Make a fabric print using pictures from a museum
  • Create an installation using audiovisual media from archives
  • Program a piece that generates algorithmic music from old sound recordings
  • 3D print contemporary designs based on old objects
  • Design an app that remixes old paintings  


To have your submission accepted for the challenge you must register with Europena Creative and follow the instructions. If you have already registered, log in using your e-mail address and password. Once logged in you will be able to see the entry guidelines and questions you have to answer. Your application can be edited at any point up until the challenge deadline of January 15th at 10pm.

Following an online assessment by a panel of experts and industry judges the best applications will be invited to a pitching event to be hosted at Future Everything Festival at the end of February 2015 in Manchester. Successful applicants will be notified the week commencing Monday 3rd February.

After this, the winners will be chosen and rewarded with a three-month mentoring & incubation program from a team of experts. The prize consists 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.