Money, skills and work: How emerging creatives can meet the market

  • Tuesday, June 06, 2023
  • 13:30 — 15:00
  • re:publica
  • Free admission

A collective discussion by Kickstarter and the Distributed Design Platform exploring innovative funding mechanisms and creative ways to accelerate a project.


  • Jessica Guy, Multidisciplinary Designer and Action Researcher, Fab Lab Barcelona

In order for emerging creative talents to boost their professionalization and career development, experience with industry and funding is crucial. In this discussion, panelists will showcase innovative funding mechanisms and training opportunities for creatives to enter new and emerging markets. The panel is hosted by Kickstarter.

No matter if you are a recently graduated creative or an industry veteran, you will stumble upon the same questions as many before you: How can I bring my project to life? How can I share my work with other people? Where can I learn the skills I need to improve my communication strategies, making skills and explore new markets to showcase my work? You may long for innovative funding mechanisms, and like to learn how you can make your project work. The creative industries are buzzing, and at times it can be hard to make your project shine through.

Kickstarter and the Distributed Design Platform are joining in a collective discussion to explore innovative funding mechanisms– such as crowdfunding– and creative ways to accelerate your project. We will elaborate on values such as open design practices, knowledge exchange, and collaboration between designers, makers, and creators.

Kickstarter is a pioneering crowdfunding platform for creative projects, essential to a healthy and vibrant society. By helping creators connect directly with their communities, its mission is to help bring creative projects to life across many categories including: Art, Crafts, Dance, Design, Fashion, Film & Video, Food, Games, Journalism, Music, Photography, Publishing, Technology, and Theater.

The Distributed Design Platform acts as a networking hub for the European maker movement and is nurturing and promoting designers, makers and creative talents to connect to emerging digital and local markets. The platform brings together a diverse member-base from 17 cultural and creative institutions from 13 European countries.

Track: Learning & Knowledge

Digital technologies are continuously changing the way we learn, teach, do research and share knowledge. In the track “Learning & Knowledge”, we talk about (open) education and educational institutions, the organization of knowledge, knowledge transfer, educational skills in the digital world, education and training based on technology, lifelong learning and intergenerational educational concepts, how the Digital Pact is implemented and financed, citizen and open science, open research, open publishing and results of current research, reflection on scientific methods, knowledge advances and backlog and access to knowledge and last but not least we want to illuminate aspects of our knowledge and information culture.