Creative Tech Festival

Data visualization competition for graphic designers and developers from BTU and Westminster University

Data visualization, textual digitization and animation infographics, netarts, storytelling graphic designs and other decisions will be made in one platform, under one story. Creative Tech Festival is organized by Business and Technology University through the British Council “Creative Spark” program, with the partnership of Westminster University. Festival will incorporate graphic designers, developers and every other interested person. Within the framework of the festival participating individuals/teams will be given a task of textual digitization- a visualization task that has to be completed in 72 hours. 

The topic of the competition is “ Georgian Startup Ecosystem”. Participants will receive textual material that has to be visualized depending on their creative decisions. The winning individual/team will be chosen by the special jury, who will be awarded a winning price of 1000 pounds. During the festival, competition assignments submitted by the participants will be uploaded on a single platform. 

Registration is available both as an individual and as a team. In case of registering as a team, please indicate names, surnames and email addresses of members.

Webinars will be organized for the participants during the Creative Tech Festival.

Opening ceremony of the Creative Tech Festival will take place on the 1st of May.

Closing ceremony of the Creative Tech Festival will take place on the 4th of May.

Additional Materials - examples of digital storytelling recommended by organizers:

Judges and speakers 

Nino Enukidze- Rector, Professor, Business and Technology University
More than 10 years of experience of working in the education sector, developing strategy for forming the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Georgia, engaging stakeholders in innovations and technology agenda of the country. Since 2016, involved in the process of launching Silicon Valley Tbilisi, successfully implemented innovative projects in Georgia, involving academia, international partners, private sector, startups. Nino Launched Global Startup Foundation to operate at Silicon Valley Tbilisi in collaboration with Israel’s Silicon Wadi. Founder of Coding School for Women in partnership with the UN Women’s Organization. Founding member of AI Georgia Business Association, initiating and working on the strategic plan for the research, development, use, governance and long term planning of AI in Georgia. Nino holds a PhD degree in Business Administration.

Zaza Purtseladze
Zaza Purtseladze has been working for the British Council in various roles since 2001 before becoming the Country Director Georgia in 2011 and taking up the role of Director South Caucasus in 2018. 
Since 2011, Zaza Purtseladze has led on several change projects in the British Council Georgia and developed the major strategic partnerships between the key Georgian and UK stakeholders. Under his leadership British Council Georgia team became the runner up in the British Council’s Entrepreneurial Public Service Award Competition in 2015. In the same year Zaza received the British Council Global Leadership Award for his contribution to the development and enrichment of educational and cultural links between Georgia and the UK. 

Avtandil Kasradze
Chairman of the Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency
After several months of Agency’s establishment, Avtandil Kasradze was appointed as a Deputy Chairman and later as a Chairman of GITA. Having more than 8 years’ experience in the legal field, Avtandil in parallel with all the Agency activities, has been committed in formalizing the legal framework of the Agency. He was Senior Adviser of the Legal Department at the Chancellery of the Government of Georgia in 2014 and for 2 years Avtandil was Senior Adviser of the Department of Legal Drafting at the Ministry of Justice of Georgia. 
In addition to the experience in state entities, Avtandil has working experience in international organizations as well as in NGOs. He was a Senior Legal Analyst Assistant at OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission. Avtandil’s responsibility in non-governmental organization, Transparency International Georgia, was first Legal Analyst and later Election and Legal Expert.  In the beginning of his career, he was running an NGO Association for Democracy Development. 
As for the international experience, Avtandil was a fellow in the Council of Europe (Venice Commission) in Strasbourg, France. For one year he was a research assistant at the Academic Department of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University Sweden. 
Avtandil Kasradze has a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law at Lund University, Sweden and Bachelor’s Degree of Law at Tbilisi State University, Georgia.

Sheila Birungi
Student Enterprise Programme Manager, Creative Enterprise Centre, University of Westminster
Sheila Birungi is the Student Enterprise Programme Manager at the University of Westminster  Creative Enterprise Centre; an enterprise and is an award-winning student enterprise and entrepreneurship hub with a mission to support students to thrive in their professional and entrepreneurial careers. Previous to this, Shiela worked as a programme manager for Accelerators in developing countries, supporting female and young entrepreneurs to scale their businesses and access funding.

Andrew Wrobel
Founding Partner of Emerging Europe, a London-based intelligence, news and community platform, and the Lead of the Tech Emerging Europe Advocates initiative, a member of the Global Tech Advocates network. Trained as a journalist, he specialises in technology and innovation, foreign direct investment, nation branding and soft powers, and cross-cultural differences. Andrew regularly interviews political and business leaders and travels to 30+ countries per annum to speak at or moderate international political, economic and technology events, where he promotes discussion about emerging Europe. He is also a juror at various international business-related competitions, a media coach, a location promotion trainer and a media commentator. He has authored and contributed to a number of international business, investment and trade-related publications.

George Sharashidze
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of “Entrepreneur Georgia”
George Sharashidze is an entrepreneur and senior manager with many years of doing media business experience. Areas of expertise include strategic management, doing business internationally, marketing, entrepreneurship and innovation management, leadership and professional development. 
He has a master degree in History from Tbilisi State University, Public Administration from GIPA and MBA from Manchester Business School.
George is a founder and General Manager of Georgia Today Group, Georgia’s leading media organization with leading titles in print media including but not limited to Georgia’s leading English language newspaper Georgia Today.
In 2009 George brought The Economist brand to Georgia with its licensed edition of The World In and UK’s leading celebrity magazine OK! launched in August 2014 followed by Radio NRJ launched in 2016. His recent project is Entrepreneur Georgia magazine – licensed edition of US leading brand facilitating and encouraging entrepreneurship globally. Entrepreneur Georgia magazine, edited and published by George, was launched in April 2018.

Amit Patel
Amit Patel is a Toronto-born product designer/manager, now living in London, United Kingdom.. He is the founder and currently Creative Director of Experience Haus, a digital skills training provider and consultancy. He has worked in product management and product design roles across many industries and in various sizes of companies, from startups (in sectors such as media, fin-tech and healthcare) to industry leading companies such as Scotiabank, Laing O’Rourke, and both Crossrail (Europe’s largest construction project) and Crossrail 2.
He has taught design related courses and workshops covering UX Design, Product Design, Product Management, Design Thinking, Design in Social Innovation, Rapid Prototyping, and Entrepreneurship.
Additionally, he has lectured, facilitated workshops and given talks at a wide range of companies and organisations around the world including: OVO Energy, John Lewis, The Economist, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator, London Sports Tech Hub Accelerator, Queen Mary University of London, University of Westminster, and London Business School.




                         1 st of May _  Opening of the Creative Tech Festival  




11:00 - 11:15






11:15 - 12:00


 Welcoming speech - Nino Enukidze – Rector of Business and Technology University (BTU) 


❖          Discussion of the Competition details




Mariam Lashkhi – Head of the Research, Associate Professor, BTU; 

Deputy Chairperson of Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA), Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia   


❖          Presenting the topic of the competition and the textual material that has to be visualized by participants.

❖          Reviewing Georgian Startup Ecosystem. 


 12:00 - 13:00


Amit Patel- the Founder and Creative Director of Experience Haus 

Design for Business/startups

Importance and meaning of Design for Business/startups

Visualization and UX design- the importance of thinking about your user/reader and having an understanding of them


 13:00 - 14:00

Andrew Wrobel- Founding Partner, Emerging Europe;

Jury of the Creative Tech Festivala and the Webinar Speaker

How to make ideas matter


❖Importance and impact of textual visualization

 in journalism/storytelling.





Teams/Individuals start working on the project



2nd of May _ Second day of the Creative Tech Festival - 

Teams/Individuals are working on their projects 




3rd of May _ Third day of the Creative Tech Festival - 
Teams/Individuals are working on their projects 



4th of May _ Fourth day of the Creative Tech Festival - 

Teams/Individuals are working on their projects



Deadline for the participants to submit their final projects


Jury names the winner