New Delhi: Confluence Ideathon 2021 x Serendipity Arts Foundation, India’s first arts hackathon, has announced the winners from thousands of applications received worldwide. The Confluence Ideathon was created to identify and crowdsource new and innovative solutions for the upcoming Live Museum in Delhi NCR (covering performing, visual, culinary, film, and literary arts), and the winners across five categories included:
ART x Technology: Budhaditya Chattopadhyay for his project Dhvāni, an AI-Driven interactive media sculpture that highlights ideas around networks and our inter-connectivity
ART x Environment: UnEarth who presented a project which rethinks the way we see architecture. The project presents a museum literally ‘unearthed’ from the site to create a zero-carbon space where the shape and structure are formed directly from the raw materials present on the site.
ART x Social Behaviour: Team Neev, who presented a project titled Art Scrabble to offer collaborative and confidence-boosting experiences/ activities that will foster human connections and make the museum a centre of human interaction
ART x Design for the Future: Whoastudio, from Malaysia for their project titled Sigh of Hope. The project aims to engage the public through participation in assembling inflatables and prefabricated furniture to encourage new forms of interconnectedness post the covid pandemic.
ART x Business Models: Atypical Advantage, who developed a model for a new arts ecosystem that helps generate an economic reward for artists and creative professionals.
The winning ideas have been reviewed through three rounds of successive deliberation which led to the Ideathon Week, 30th of March – 7th of April 2021. Throughout Ideathon Week shortlisted ideas from each category were presented to the jury before declaring the winners. Some of the winners with the best ideas might be offered opportunities to be further mentored by the Ideathon’s partners and hopefully co-opted and implemented in the Live Museum. All shortlisted participants received a Certificate of Participation and the winners in each category received a Certificate of Merit. The top three winners in each of the five domains were rewarded with a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh for the 1st position, Rs. 50,000 for 2nd position and Rs. 20,000 for the 3rd position. The top 3 ideas will get also get access to a ₹10 crore ($1.3m) cumulative incubation fund.
The goal of the Confluence Ideathon was to bring together ideas from around the world to improve our understanding of what a museum can be. Speaking about the project Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, Hero Enterprise and founding patron of Serendipity Arts Trust said, “Confluence Ideathon 2021 brought together novel and unique ideas, some of which will go into developing the upcoming Arts & Culture Centre in New Delhi. While we congratulate the winners, we also feel inspired and greatly encouraged by the large number of people who sent in their entries from across the globe. We also thank all our associates and partners who’ve supported this initiative and are helping us build a new narrative for culture in the South Asian region. The Arts and Culture Centre (Live Museum) will foster diverse cultural expressions and experimentations globally; it will also reflect the aspirations, creativity and heritage of the people.”
Confluence Ideathon 2021 x Serendipity Arts Foundation is an initiative by Hero Enterprise, powered by the Indian Angel Network and TiE Delhi-NCR, in association with Twinfish Communications. The project had also partnered with a host of premier educational institutions from across the world including The Royal College of Arts London, Birmingham City University, IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Roorkee, IIM Visakhapatnam, IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Amritsar, IIT Roorkee, BML Munjal University, NIFT Kannur and industry bodies like AIMA and more.