Digital Lab Africa Bootcamp

October 2020

9 winners of the Digital Lab Africa #4 2020 edition, were taken on a week long immersive bootcamp experience as part of their incubation programme benefits.

This included attending key sessions at the FakÚgesi Virtual Festival “Power to the Pixel” as well as an intense pitching preparation workshop (over a few days) with Belisa Rodrigues from Belle and Co., to prepare them for a live pitching session in front of producers, investors and others interested in collaboration, held online on the 30th October.

Live Pitching event:

The 9 winners of Digital Lab Africa 4th edition pitch their exciting projects in their respective category: Animation, Immersive Realities, Video Games, Music, and Digital art.

Bokang Koatja (South Africa) winner in the animation category

Natasha Nayo (Ghana), winner in the animation category

Ridwan Moshood (Nigeria), winner in the animation category

Tristan Mocke (South Africa), winner in the video game category

Robert Mensah (Nigeria), winner in the video game category

Melisa Allela (Kenya), winner in the XR category

Joey Ekunwe (Nigeria), winner in the XR category

Sizo Hlophe (Eswatini), winner in the music category

Lara Sousa (Mozambique), winner in the digital art category

Creative Entrepreneurship Programme (Goethe Namibia)

October 2020

Goethe-Institut Namibia (GI), together with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), launched a Creative Entrepreneurship Programme (CEP) in May 2020. This programme is aimed at identifying and developing businesses in the creative industry to become financially lucrative and eventually create economic growth for the Namibian creative field. After an online application process and a round of business pitches, 14 businesses were selected by an independent jury to form part of the programme.

Belle and Co. was invited as a facilitator for “Lesson 5: Business Innovation” where entrepreneurs were introduced to Human Centred Design Thinking processes, put into teams and tackled a design challenge over 4 weeks.

Challenges included: Black Pride; National Pride, Reaching the hard to reach; Resilience in Creatives. The prototypes created by each group were truly mind-blowing!

Below are some excerpts from the group work:

A Global Platform for Creative, Just and Sustainable Futures

From 12-23 October 2020, the Salzburg Global Seminar series kicks off this years annual gathering of 70 selected Young Cultural Innovators from all over the world for an immersive 10 day dialogical experience on the topic “Creative, Just and Sustainable Futures”. Belle and Co.’s Director, Belisa Rodrigues, is a YCI alumni (2012), and will this year be part of the facilitation team to take this event completely online.

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Communities around the world are facing radical social, environmental, political, and economic disruption, confronting complex challenges that range from the COVID-19 pandemic to structural inequity and racism, outdated systems of education and work, and climate change. The cultural sector is essential to regenerate and energize societies but artists and creative innovators have never been in a more precarious situation.

Shaping a creative, just and sustainable world calls for action at all levels and collaboration across many sectors. We need bold ideas and innovation to build a more vibrant and resilient arts sector that can advance inclusive economic development, positive social change, and urban transformation for livable cities. The Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural Innovators (YCI Forum) aims to do this by connecting, empowering and supporting rising talents in the creative sector across every continent.

Below a select screenshot of the 70+ selected innovators for this year’s YCI Session:

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The mission of Salzburg Global Seminar is to challenge current and future leaders to shape a better world.

Salzburg Global Seminar is an independent non-profit organization founded in 1947 to challenge current and future leaders to shape a better world. Our multi-year program series aim to bridge divides, expand collaboration and transform systems. 

Salzburg Global convenes outstanding talent across generations, cultures and sectors to inspire new thinking and action, and to connect local innovators with global resources. We foster lasting networks and partnerships for creative, just and sustainable change.

Over 36,000 Fellows from more than 170 countries have come together through our work, with many rising to senior leadership positions. Our historic home at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria – now also an award-winning hotel – allows us to welcome all participants in conditions of trust and openness.

View of the Lake across from Hotel Schloss Leopoldskron where the SGS sessions historically take place.