taliaYsebastian’s design competence focusing on future technologies and the longstanding experience of OSRAM, one of the leading producers of illuminants, perfectly complement each other under this project.
Together they intend to develop OLED-based, innovative products which use and highlight the special features of OLED technology (e.g. transparency, flexibility). In addition to that an OLED-based art installation is being created which is to serve as a communication and marketing tool.
In OSRAM’s research lab taliaYsebastian will explore this technology and its opportunities, limits and prospects. In return OSRAM is provided with the opportunity to be active in a new field.
The project offers synergetic effects for both partners as well as the opportunity to trigger and commercialize radical innovation based on the OLED technology which is energy efficient and saves resources.
departure and the Vienna Business Agency provide funding for the development of the OLED-based products and for initial marketing steps.
LESS! aims at developing service designs that are fit for the future. For that purpose, experts from the fields of social design, sustainability consulting, environmental assessment and life cycle analysis are cooperating and employing methods such as co-design, multidisciplinary teams and clearly defined process steps.
LESS! seeks to develop alternative solutions for existing business models in terms of innovative services that use as few resources as possible. The method is drawn up in cooperation with Café Felzl, a Viennese bakery that is also going to be the first to employ it, and is to be applicable later on for other companies and lines of business. The cooperation with Café Felzl focuses equally on approaches to products and to services/design and aims at creating awareness for food production and food waste.
departure and the Vienna Business Agency provide funding for the development of a service design model fit for the future by employing the concept prototypically for Café Felzl with a focus on sustainability.
Brain training and therapy games offer the unique opportunity to inspire communication, to connect different generations of people and to stimulate and train one’s brain.
Scientific studies prove the effectiveness of parlor games to prevent dementia. Ferdinand Piatnik & Söhne GmbH & Co KG aims at developing innovative parlor games together with the design office section.a and in close cooperation with leading experts in the fields of medical care, nursing care and education. A main focus is on the development of brain training games for persons aged 55 and up. Consequent brain training is highly efficient in preventing dementia. Therapy games are excellently suited to stimulate the persons concerned according to their needs and thus to facilitate communication between them and both their relatives and the nursing staff. Scientifically grounded brain training and therapy games can make a positive contribution to health protection.
departure and the Vienna Business Agency provide funding for the exemplary development of a new series of games and for initial marketing measures.
Titled as the idea competiton ´Cycling Affairs - Smart Ideas for Cycling in the City´ departure, the Creative Agency of the City of Vienna initiated creative minds and cycling aficionados to develop new ideas, creative approaches and smart solutions for urban cycling and cycling cultures in Vienna.
In total 235 ideas have been submitted under the Cycling Affairs project: contributions to increase safety, to
promote stylish cycling and cycling with kids as well as urban planning concepts, fashion, apps and ideas to make shopping by bike more convenient. The large number of projects shows how topical the subject actually is and furthermore demonstrates that a growing number of Viennese residents are interested in actively participating in the development of their city.
The exhibition "Cycling Affairs" is presented within the exhibition titled ‘Tour du Monde‘, consisting of Michael Embacher’s legendary international bike collection from June 13 to October 6 2013 at the MAK in Vienna.
departure, the City of Vienna’s agency for the creative industries, was established in 2003 as Austria’s first independent business promotion agency and service center for companies of the creative industries. Today it is considered a successful example of innovation funding on a competitive basis in Europe. departure is a subsidiary company of the Vienna Business Agency and part of the department for economic affairs of the City of Vienna. departure funding does not replace any cultural funding or subsidies; and it does not at all shorten the cultural budget of the City of Vienna.
departure addresses those creative professionals who consider themselves active participants in business life. With the aim to create an economically sustainable basis for Vienna’s creative professionals departure offers various funding programs for entrepreneurs and company founders and supports outstanding achievements in the following fields of the creative industries: fashion, music, audio-vision, multimedia, design, publishing, art market and architecture.
departure does not offer funding for purely artistically oriented projects but supports the integration of cultural and creative achievements into the city’s economy in the sense of economic exploitation of innovative and creative work (and not in the sense of mere profit seeking).
Besides departure’s funding activities there is a strong focus on network activities to improve the infrastructure of the different creative scenes. Initiatives such as curated by_vienna, which coincides with the VIENNAFAIR, or events organized in the scope of the sound:frame festival, the festival for fashion & photography, the VIENNA ART WEEK or the VIENNA DESIGN WEEK are meant to strengthen Vienna’s position as a location for the creative industries.