Summer 2011 saw the launch of the Edinburgh Festivals Ideas Challenge, the first ever large scale public ideas competition which invited anyone with a connection to the Festivals to suggest an idea of how to make them even more amazing.
The challenge ran for three months and received three hundred ideas, large-scale social media engagement and many of the ideas were followed by long discussions debating related issues.
See the results at ideas.edinburghfestivals.co.uk
Of the 300 ideas submitted thorugh the Ideas Challenge, the most popular idea according to both the public and the judges’ vote was related to providing more visible accessibility information.
Thanks to a unique collaboration with the Open Innovation Project in which The City of Edinburgh Council is lead partner, festivalslab was able to take that idea and develop a summer Festivals listings service for audiences with physical and sensory access requirements. Thes website was developed with ERDF funding through the Interreg NWE programme’s Open Innovation Project – working with business, academia and communities from North West Europe to promote collaborative approaches to innovation. Website design and development was by Alienation Digital and the input to the project was been provided by Artlink – an Edinburgh-based organisation which has worked in the field of Arts and Disability for over 25 years.
See the prototype at access.edinburghfestivals.co.uk