The NICE Award promotes innovations through culture and the creative industries into the wider economy and society to tackle the major challenges of our future today. To this end, the NICE Award creates visibility and know-how transfer for so far overseen innovations throughout Europe, kicks off debates and impulses in business, culture and policy alike and motivates cultural and creative makers to be innovative and more experimental.

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NICE AWARD 2017: RELEASE OF THE NOMINEES

After a two-day jury session, we proudly present this years' shortlist.

 

Shortlist 2017

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’Do we know each other?’ is an interdisciplinary project that works with and for people with dementia to improve their quality of life. 13 students and their co-designers (caregivers, relatives and/or people with dementia) developed products and...
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Empower Parents is an educational community of families with children with ASD, professionals and cultural spaces. Through cooperative work among these agents, it seeks to make an impact in the community in order to raise social awareness regarding...
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The EU2016 arts & design programme ‘Europe by People, the Future of Everyday Living’ looked into contemporary social issues through arts and design, by providing solutions for everyday living and by being a canvas on which creatives and citizens...
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Jury 2017

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ContentKings Rotterdam, Design Management Network
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Designer and Founder, Van Eijk & van der Lubbe
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WILD Design
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Chief Design Office CDO, City of Helsinki
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Professor, Folkwang University of the Arts
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Member of the Board of Directors 2015-2017, WDO - World Design...
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© Urbanatix
Beathtaking shows and a publicly accessible training center for young street artist and their followers have established URBANATIX as a multi-cultural focal point in the region's cultural urban life. The organisation behind Dacapo Kultur Offensiv! explains its aims.
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Leeds is bidding to become European Capital of Culture 2023, creating a bid that will "benefit the whole city and reconnect the North of England with cities across Europe", as the organisers underline.
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The Spanish artists of Estudios Durero were nominated for the NICE Award 2016 for making known paintings accessible to visually impaired people by the technology DiDu. Today, they present a photo exhibition in collaboration with the Guggengeim Museum in Bilbao.
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About the Award

 

The NICE Award promotes innovations through culture and creative industries into the wider economy and society to tackle the major challenges of our future today. To this end, the NICE Award creates visibility and know-how transfer for so far overseen innovations throughout Europe, kicks off debates and impulses in business, culture and policy alike and motivates cultural and creative makers to be innovative and more experimental.

The first NICE Award served as a kick-off for NICE during the 2nd Forum d’Avignon Ruhr 2013 in Essen, Germany. It was held among participants of the conference, and it was the audience’s task to determine a winner. Four teams of ten were formed, throwing together people from different projects, backgrounds, age groups, and countries. They did not know each other, but they all had experiences in spillover projects. The teams were given different topics to consider – and five hours to roughly set up a spillover project related to Urban Development, Economy/New Work, Energy/Climate, or Intercultural Relations. In the end, each group had to present their project in a little performance. The Project "Shaking Hans" had won.

 

In 2014, when the network had grown and strengthened through several meetings and workshops, a new call for the Award 2014 was published.

The call looked with a wide scope for cultural and creative projects generating spillover effects. The prize was awarded for the most innovative spillover effect driven by a cultural and creative project, research projects or a political strategy/measure. 108 applications from 22 countries were submitted from Artists and cultural creative entrepreneurs, scientists, politics and towns. A jury constituted of Pia Areblad (TILLT, Sweden), Charles Landry (Comedia, UK), Prof. Kurt Mehnert (Folkwang University of the Arts, Germany) and Janjaap Ruijssenaars (Universe Architecture, The Netherlands) establishes a "best of" short list of ten projects.

 

The projects of the nominees of the NICE Award were presented in the NICE Exhibition designed in the City-Messehalle in Essen.

On 12 June 2014 Garrelt Duin, Minister of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, announced the winner of the award at the Forum d'Avignon Ruhr in the GOP Variety Theatre. The winners were: RLF / Richtiges Leben im Falschen (Berlin), Conexiones Improbables (Bilbao), the Unperfekthaus (Essen) and Urbanauts (Vienna). The NICE Award 2014 was funded with overall 10,000 Euro by the Ministry of Family, Children, Youth, Culture and Sports of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Cities of Bochum, Dortmund, Essen and Gelsenkirchen.

 

The NICE Award is now an integral part of NICE, and it is the first of several tools and services with which NICE wants to foster innovation of culture and creativity as resources for economic growth and political development.

 

In 2015 the NICE Award continued to grow: on the topic "Save the world-major challenges" 213 projects from 29 countries were submitted.

On 23 September 2015 Garrelt Duin, Minister of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, announced the winner of the award at the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr in Essen. The winners were: TheMachineToBeAnother (Barcelona/Sao Paulo), PlanEt (Rotterdam), WikiHouse (London), HOME BACK HOME (Madrid) and Creative Technologies in the Classroom (Malmö). The NICE Award 2015 was funded with overall 20,000 Euro by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Cities of Bochum, Dortmund, Essen and Gelsenkirchen.

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The [ID]factory conducts radical research in the area of non-linear, artistic thinking and...
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The 1D touch project is a fair-trade streaming platform supporting independent creators and...
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AuLAB is a methodological innovation experience grounded in project-based work and...
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