If you're into music or TV or tech (or potentially all three) and have an innovative idea then you may be interested in the recently launched Other Voices Challenge. Intrigued? Read on:
Other Voices, the Irish based Music TV show / live event, famed for bringing international and Irish bands and musicians to a tiny Church in Dingle, Co Kerry has been on somewhat of a journey this year. With satellite events in both Derry (for its year as UK City of Culture) and more recently London, this is an event that combines the live events, with live online streaming and then an edit and show on TV stations around the world.
With such an innovative approach, it was only a matter of time before the organisers developed this innovation further still - and that’s where the Other Voices Challenge comes in. The Other Voices Challenge is a technology innovation challenge run in partnership between Other Voices and the CultureTECH festival. Culture Tech is a week-long festival of digital technology, media, music and (yep you guessed it) culture, due to take place in Derry, Northern Ireland in September.
Musiquity is a good example of an innovative online and offline music learning platform that we featured on Startacus previously and Startacus thinks there are plenty of other ideas out there that could do with the PR and prize fund boost that the Other Voices competition could offer.
With over €10,000 in prizes up for grabs, they are on the hunt for both existing companies, startups and potentially new startups - from throughout the UK and Ireland, with an interest in music technology, online distribution, live events or anything else in the content space to get involved.
The top six ideas, as selected by an industry panel, will be given the chance to showcase their ideas as part of the CultureTECH festival in Derry-Londonderry this September and the two best proposals will win cash, a trip to Other Voices Dingle and the opportunity to work directly with Other Voices themselves.
Mark Nagurski, CultureTECH festival Director explained:
“Other Voices have created a really simple brief which outlines the kind of ideas we’re interested in. Anyone can submit an idea - whether it’s already being developed or not - and we’ll bring the top six to Derry to tell us more in front of a live audience. Other Voices will then pick two overall winners, who will receive €5000 each and the chance to work with Other Voices to develop their ideas further, before heading down to Dingle in December to put them into practice.”
So whether you have an established technology business or just a cracking idea of how your proposal could fit in with Other Voices, Startacus reckons it might be time to ‘voice’ (sorry!) your idea to the world! And if you need a space to incubate 'that idea', check out the Startacus virtual workspace to help put your idea together!