The Edinburgh Festivals Ideas Challenge is an exciting new way for the public to suggest ideas for how to make the Edinburgh Festivals even more amazing.

No one knows the festivals better than the people who make Edinburgh the world’s festival city. So if you are an audience member, a local, a tourist, a performer, an organizer, etc., you're invited to share your ideas.

On this site, you can vote and comment on the ideas you like the best and suggest your own. The 25 idea suggestions with the most public votes will win a prize pack worth £100. In addition to that, a panel of judges will select their 5 favourite ideas, with those winners getting either an iPad 2 or a 2012 festival package of tickets and two nights' accommodation (package value: £500).

The Ideas Challenge will run from August 12 to October 31, 2011. By participating in the challenge, you agree that others may use or develop the ideas you suggest, in order to help make them happen.

The Edinburgh Festivals Ideas Challenge will be the biggest-ever public conversation about ways to make the world’s festival city that little bit more amazing. And you’re invited.

The Challenge is an Edinburgh Festivals Innovation Lab project, is powered by ChallengePost and is supported by the INTERREG IVB North-West Europe Programme.

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£5,000 in prizes

Top 5 Ideas - as voted by judges (5)

Winners can choose between an iPad 2 or 2 nights' accommodation & 2012 festival tickets (worth £500).

Top 25 Ideas - as voted by public (25)

Winners can choose between 2012 festival tickets or specially curated set of books & DVDs from festival performers (worth £100).

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

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Sue Bruce

Sue Bruce
Chief Executive, City of Edinburgh Council

Andrew Coulton

Andrew Coulton
Administrative Director, Edinburgh International Book Festival & Chair of the cross-festival Innovation and Environment groups

Faith Liddell

Faith Liddell
Director of Festivals Edinburgh

Lyn Gardner

Lyn Gardner
Guardian theatre critic and Edinburgh Festival super fan

Will Gompertz

Will Gompertz
Arts Editor, BBC

Bill Thompson

Bill Thompson
BBC journalist, commentator and technology critic/hero

Richard Wiseman

Richard Wiseman
Psychologist, best-selling author and Guest Director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2011

Judging Criteria

  • Quality of the Idea
    Includes elements like clarity, creativity and originality.
  • Feasibility of Implementation
    How feasible it is to develop the suggested idea and make it happen.
  • Potential Impact
    Potential positive impact on the world’s festival city — its audiences, residents, performers and organisers.

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