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 SOCIETYFor 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.COHardware.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.