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Nigerian Competition: British Council Culture Shift Project: Call for Application 2012

Are you a software developer, designer, festival manager or entrepreneur? Do you have an idea to create web and mobile solutions for festivals?

Introducing British Council Nigeria Culture Shift Project

Brief description

The British Council invites applications from interested technology developers, designers, arts and culture festival managers / directors , branding and marketing professionals, and business analysts for participation in its Culture Shift project, themed ‘ICT for Festivals Development.’

Accepted Subject Areas?

Technology Development, Design, Arts and Culture, Branding and Marketing, and Business Analysis

About the project

Culture Shift is a partnership-led, British Council-managed competitive innovation fund. 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.

Scholarship Type: Project Competition

Who is qualified to Enter?

The competition is open for Software developers, designers (graphic, web and user-experience), festival managers / directors, branding and marketing professionals, and business analysts

How Many Winners will emerge? About three (3)

What are the benefits?

Winning idea will receive Naira Equivalent of £5,000 and two others £1,500 each.

Eligible African Countries


Program Date and Venue

15th and 16th March – British Council, 20 Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi,Lagos (Festival Managers / Directors only)

17th – 19th March – Co-Creation Hub (CCHub), 6th Floor,294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba,Lagos

Application Deadline

5 March 2012

Offered annually? Not Specified

Program Schedule

The project will take place in three phases:

1.   Stage 1: 15th – 19th March 2012

a. 2 day Festivals Management workshop: 15th and 16th March (festival managers / directors only)

b. 3-day ‘Hackathon’: 17th, 18th and 19th March

2.   Pitching for seed funding: 19th March 2012

3.   Mentoring and Fruition: April – September 2012

How can I Apply?

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

Interested persons should download application forms from www.britishcouncil.org/nigeria and email completed forms to [email protected] 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 / Directors

1. Applicants will be required to send a statement of intent, as well as detailed information about the festival they represent, to [email protected], on or before Monday 05 March 2012.

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

2. Festivals represented by applicants 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.


British Council Nigeria

Important Notes:

For enquiries, call +234 1 461 5600 – 2 | Ext 4000 or email [email protected]

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