Digital + Culture = Creative Economy


Update: Here’s what got built.

The British Council, in conjunction with the Co-Creation Hub and Social Innovation Camp, is inviting members of the community (technology developers, designers, branding and marketing professionals, business analysts and arts/culture festival managers) to apply to participate in the Culture Shift project, themed ICT for Festivals Development.

About the project

Culture Shift is a partnership-led, British Council-managed competitive innovation fund which aims to stimulate the creation of new technology tools/venture to support the development of art and culture festivals in Nigeria.

It will provide an opportunity for emerging creatives to bypass what are often the most inhibiting factors in the progression of good ideas – access to seed funding and expert mentorship.

Selected festival managers will work in collaboration with technology developers and designers, and business experts to create web and mobile solutions for use in festivals, and then compete for seed finance to realise the projects.

The winning idea will receive Naira Equivalent of £5,000 while two other ideas will receive £1,500 each as seed funding to develop the ideas further.

The winning ideas will be developed further for the market through the Co-Creation Hub Pre-Incubation Unit.

For whom:

  • Software developers, designers (graphic, web and user-experience)
  • Branding and marketing professionals
  • Business analysts
  • Festival managers and organisers
  • Others working in developing or managing festivals who should be there


The project will take place in three phases:

  1. 5-day boot-camp – 15th – 19th March 2012, including
    1. 2 day Festivals Management workshop 15th & 16th March
    2. 3-day ‘Hackathon’ 17th, 18th & 19th March
  2. Pitching for funding – 19th March 2012
  3. Mentoring and Fruition – April – September 2012


British Council, 20 Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos

Co-Creation Hub (CcHub), 6th Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos


Software Developers | Graphic Designers | Business Analysts | Branding and Marketing professionals

Interested persons should download the application form here and email completed forms to on or before Monday 05 March 2012

Applicants must:

1. Have a history of and familiarity with technology tools development

2. Be willing to commit a few hours a week to the Culture Shift project, expected to last between 8 – 12 months. Applicants selected to receive the seed fund will be required to develop the final product from prototype stage.

Festival Managers | Organisers

Applicants will be required to send a statement of intent, as well as detailed information about the festival they represent, to, on or before Wednesday 29th February, 2012.

1. Applicants must work part time or full time in a management capacity in an existing *festival in the arts and culture industry in Nigeria.

2. Festival must have taken place at least twice in the between 2007 and 2011, and be scheduled to take place again before the end of 2013.


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