From Augmented Reality Dinosaurs to Independent Local Newsrooms

How artists and start-ups are using data to fight disinformation

The MediaFutures initiative presents 24 new and exciting projects in which start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises and artists work together to develop innovative ideas to fight disinformation by using data.

The project ideas are incredibly diverse, ranging from an artwork that aims to raise awareness of digital pollution caused by information overload and fake news, to a map app for tourists that focuses on the cultural, historical and artistic heritage of destinations in Europe, to an independent local newsroom from Nürnberg that delivers forward-looking and solution-oriented journalism together with the citizens of the city. An app by the Ukrainian media platform Kunsht, which turns screen time into time for children to learn media skills - not least with the support of a virtual dinosaur - is aimed specifically at children. And these are just four of the total of 24 new projects in the MediFutures initiative.

These projects will receive financial support, mentoring and training as part of three different funding programmes. Five projects will be funded with up to 30,000 Euros in the residency programme for artists, nine start-ups and ten cooperation projects between start-ups and artists will receive 5,000 Euros and one month to develop their idea. Afterwards, they have the opportunity to win one of seven places in the next phase of the programme in a pitch competition, with prize money of up to 80,000 Euros.

In the TIB-Blog, we present the 24 projects in detail.

About the Media Futures project

The three-year project MediaFutures is delivered by a consortium of 10 organisations from six European countries: Leibniz Universität Hannover (coordinator), King's College London, Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM), Centre Pompidou, Universität LUISS, Zabala Innovation Consulting, Next Media Accelerator, Eurecat Technology Center of Catalonia, Open Data Institute, DEN Institute and KU Leuven. It is funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 framework “Big Data Innovation Hubs programme”. MediaFutures is part of the S+T+ARTS ecosystem.

Contact person for the MediaFutures project is Alexandra Garatzogianni, Coordinator of MediaFutures, Head of Knowledge and Technology Transfer at TIB and Coordinator of EU Projects at the L3S Research Center.