Participate

Do you have an idea? Here’s how to participate:

If you’re looking for people to collaborate with, take a look at our community pages and share your thoughts! In the community pages you will find enthusiasts and professionals from many different fields engaged in exciting conversations.

Once you have honed your idea to perfection fill out the form below and pay particular attention to the following guidelines:

  • Be clear, brief and to the point.
  • Show us that you know the field of your innovation and the kinds of services similar to your idea that are already out there.
  • Tell us how your idea is different and better than others’. What makes your idea unique? Please keep in mind that the more thoroughly you have prepared your idea, the more likely it will come through. Furthermore, the more effective you are in explaining how your idea is unique, the more likely you are to succeed.
  • Even more important than the idea itself is your plan on how to implement it. What steps are you going to take to turn your idea into reality? What talents do you possess to be able to take those steps?

 

Participation in a nutshell:

  1. Write a synopsis of your idea and/or make a pitch video.
  2. Fill in the Aava Isle participation form
  3. (Optional) Make a presentation of the idea and upload it to Slideshare.

 

Prize & Glory

We offer you a chance to take part in something spectacular, new and unique. Something the world has never seen before! For the teams that make the cut we offer 3000-5000 euros in production support, even if you or your team does not work for the money. Furthermore, you and your team will be flown to the location of the first Aava Isle and your production will be documented and distributed to all medias. Here’s some fuel for your thought:

1) Create something you love, not what you think somebody wants.

Don’t try to conjecture what people want now or a year from now. You could spend a whole year developing a product only to discover that the trend is over. The same is true for writing and creating. If you’re working on your project just because the genre or topic is a major trend right now and you want to jump on the bandwagon, chances are you’ll be disappointed. But if you’re working on your thing because you love the subject and the area, then no matter what happens you’ll gain a lot.

2) Draw ideas from around you. Learn from other people’s successes and failures.

Product development is a lot about borrowing and copying. Think of the products and productions that came before yours as the foundations for the castle that you’re building. Study the past and current projects in your field, both the triumphant successes and the horrid failures. What determined their fates?

3) Find partners in crime.

Meet people, learn about their craft and share information about your trade. It might lead into meeting a new creative partner or into finding a mentor for yourself or someone to take as your protégé. The key is to be open to all sorts of possibilities. These contacts may prove to be invaluable in helping you develop an idea from a vague, amorphous blob into a successful project.

4) Ideas are not productions or products. Products are products.

There’s a clear distinction between an idea and its execution. An idea might be shiny and new, but the idea alone does not make a product unique. What makes a product unique is how the idea is implemented.

5) Ideas are like subways: a new one will come to you in a minute.

“If the competitors want to steal our idea, by all means let them! We’ll have an even better idea in five minutes anyway!” The sooner you begin envisioning your ideas as tiny links in the millennia-long chain of ideas and human ingenuity, the better. Oftentimes we coddle and protect our ideas, like Gollum whispering to his “precioussss”. But if we treat our ideas like something pricelessly valuable we run the risk of getting too attached to them, taking the project too seriously and therefore smothering it. Have confidence that a better idea is always just a brainstorm away and that even if someone “borrows” your concept, they’ll never be able to execute it as well as you do.

 

The take-home message

It’s not the idea that matters but the expression of the idea! Copyrights won’t help you to protect your idea, but your artistic expression instead. So your best bet is to not get too attached to any single idea but rather remember that what counts is the way you execute your ideas.

Now go out there and send us something wild and crazy and unique!