THROUGH THE WYE IMPACT INITIATIVE,
ART & TECH GROWS.


Emphasizing how actions of industry and cultural pioneers today contribute to the "bigger picture" ahead, THE WYE is dedicated to strengthening the community it leads and thus serves.

THE WYE sponsors or subsidizes individuals, early stage companies and institutions contributing to the fields of Art & Tech through its IMPACT INITIATIVE.


Be it through the donation of time, knowledge, skills, tools, space or funds, giving back is a vital element of understanding one's own value. THE WYE sees its role as helping elevate those whose work inspires our own as we move towards a new Art & Tech frontier and a better tomorrow.

Allocating at least 5000eu/mo of resources to support ideas and innovation, THE WYE IMPACT INITIATIVE carefully invest in initiatives of others, often becoming the only means by which the selected projects come to fruition. Focus is placed on resource development that allows WYE IMPACT INITIATIVE participants to come out the other side better prepared for success and sustainability after 3-6 months of support/subsidy from THE WYE IMPACT INITIATIVE.

THE WYE IMPACT INITIATIVE is a social entrepreneur initiative of THE WYE.

THE WYE IMPACT INITIATIVE: HIGHLIGHTED SPONSORSHIPS

WYE IMPACT ORG: BERLIN FILM SOCIETY

For Berlin Film Society (BFS), THE WYE IMPACT INITIATIVE subsidized office space and event space for screenings/workshops. Additionally, THE WYE's sponsorship included consultancy work. With this support, BFS was able to grow an audience, found a nonprofit and begin building a sustainable model for their physical activities and virtual platform. Professional relationships fostered among other WYE Studio Program Members aided BFS's development, including assisting in bringing London's notable Raindance Institute to Berlin.

One of several BFS screenings subsidized by THE WYE included the German premiere for 200 people of the much acclaimed, award winning film “The Act of Killing” six weeks before it came to theaters. Director Joshua Oppenheimer gave an exclusive, personal Q&A with a captivated audience. Another BFS screening subsidized by THE WYE, "God Loves Uganda", also made its German premiere for an audience of 200 people weeks before the first screening in local theaters. Director Roger Ross Williams gave an exclusive, personal Q&A addressing the imperative issues of his film.

Shortly after the premiere screenings of these films at THE WYE, both documentaries were nominated for the Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Documentary Feature.

WYE IMPACT EVENT: HARDWARE.CO

Hardware.co strengthens the hardware community through its accelerator program and eco-system events. Hardware.co's 2013 Conference was supported with space for over 200 attendees, on-site services, staff and resources through THE WYE IMPACT INITIATIVE.

At the conference, Hardware.co announced that they had selected Lock8 as winner of previously held series of pitch contests. Lock8 received the prize of having a place at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe and $60,000 in cloud services from Microsoft Azure.

WYE IMPACT COMMUNITY: OUTREACH

THE WYE IMPACT INITIATIVE sponsors outreach programming that engages local neighborhoods directly with renowned international Art & Tech talents. Past projects include:

LEAP MOTION & 3D PRINTING, 2014
with COMPUTERSPIELEMUSEUM, CYLAND Media Lab, FabLab, RockItBiz and Local Children

Local children participated in a workshop exploring ways New Media is progressing into innovative territories through the advanced capabilities made possible by modern mediums. Participants experimented with technologies under the guidance of Daniil Frants, a teenage representative of CYLAND Media Lab, Russia. THE WYE sponsored the event through workspace and staff; coordinating participants and on-site production.

60ft MURAL FOR HOBRECTSTRASSE, 2012
with Elele Nachbarschaftszentrum and Kiosk e.V.
by artist Cris Dam

In this project, local children from the "Lucke Kids" program worked with international urban artist Chris Dam to paint a vibrant mural over the defaced, desecrated entrance to their community playground. A mural of lush grass, abstract flowers, blue sky and the children's own views of their homes in Berlin reclaimed this special place. This project was made possible in part by the American Embassy. THE WYE sponsored the artist's travel, accommodations, workspace and staff; coordinating the participants and on-site production.

HUMANIZING ROBOTS, 2011
with Kunstschule Weisestrasse & Koduku e.V.
by technology wiz kid Daniil Frants

Children in Berlin experimented with robots under the guidance of Daniil Frants, a 12 yr old representative of CYLAND Media Lab, Russia. Frants led groups in disassembling robots, exploring their inner workings and reviving them again as characters sprung from the imagination. Support was provided by CYLAND, enabling children to keep their own robots. THE WYE sponsored the artist's accommodations, workspace and staff; coordinating participants and on-site production.

WIND TURBINES, 2012
with Bruno-Taut-Grunschule Berlin
by artist Mark Andreas

In collaboration with Checkpoint Energie, children from a local public school worked with artist Mark Andreas to make wind turbines from recycled bike wheels. In a bicycle friendly city, this project built on an example of eco-consciousness alternative to gas as students learned about the mechanics of wind and clean energy. A supply stipend was supplied by Checkpoint Energie. THE WYE sponsored the artists' accommodations, workspace and staff; coordinating participants and on-site production.

MAPPING GRUNEWALD FOREST, 2011
with AWO-Hort Sonnenkids
by artist Kathleen Vance

Local children created a large scale mural of their local forest by mapping data with eco-installation artist Kathleen Vance. Negotiating the intersecting fields of art, math and science - this project involved painting, scaling/mapping, translating numerical data into visuals, discovering forest facts; making potato stamps. The children's artwork was exhibited alongside the artist's at RSProjects in Berlin. THE WYE sponsored the workspace and staff; coordinating participants and on-site production.

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