CultTech x Ars Electronica Award


Award for Social Impact Projects in Culture and Technology

This distinguished award calls for projects and ideas that exemplify responsible usage of technology and actively contribute to the accessibility and impact of culture while fostering meaningful engagement between creators, distributors, and audiences. Embracing the powerful intersection of culture and technology, it aims to support initiatives that drive sustainability, encourage responsible technological advancements, and facilitate digital transformation within the cultural and creative industries.

The CultTech x Ars Electronica Award fosters endeavors that harness the power of innovation and creativity to drive positive social change, not only on a local or regional level but also on a planetary scale. By spotlighting outstanding initiatives, this award underscores the need to responsibly utilize technology and resources, fostering inclusivity and promoting positive transformations.

Through this recognition, we seek to amplify the importance of social impact within the realm of culture and technology. We invite individuals, collectives, and organizations to submit their groundbreaking initiatives that exemplify the transformative potential of the arts, while addressing critical issues, fostering inclusivity, and promoting positive change.

Join us as we celebrate the remarkable endeavors that bridge the worlds of culture and technology, inspiring a future where creativity, accessibility, and sustainability intertwine for the betterment of our society and the world at large.

We invite individuals, collectives, and organizations to submit their groundbreaking projects that showcase the responsible utilization of technology in the arts. We are particularly interested in projects that address pressing societal challenges, foster accessibility, and promote sustainable practices.

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Winner 2023

Important Dates

May 30, 2023Announcement and call for submissions.
June 26, 2023Final deadline for submissions (by 11:59 PM CEST)
July 2023Announcement of the winners
Between August 2023 and August 2024Mentoring and CultTech Accelerator Program
September 6-10, 2023Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria

What we are looking for

We are looking for projects and ideas that promote wider access to culture and create new ways of engaging cultural creators and distributors with their audiences. It will support initiatives which allow the cultural and creative industries to become more sustainable, with technology and digital transformation and which will drive positive social change.

We encourage submissions from early-stage projects that are still in the ideation phase, as well as those that have already made significant progress and are in the implementation or prototype stage. Additionally, projects that have already demonstrated a track record of impact and are seeking support to scale or expand their reach are also eligible for consideration. Whether you have a promising concept or a project that is already making waves, we invite you to submit and take advantage of the resources and opportunities offered by the program.

Who can submit?

There is no submission fee.

Individuals from various backgrounds and expertise are encouraged to submit their projects. This includes artists, technologists, designers, researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, and any other individuals who have developed or are involved in social impact projects at the intersection of culture and technology.

In terms of organizations, we welcome submissions from a diverse range of entities. This includes cultural institutions, nonprofit organizations, startups, social enterprises, academic institutions, community-based organizations, and any other entities working in the field of culture and technology. We believe that collaborations between individuals and organizations with different perspectives and resources can lead to powerful and innovative social impact projects.


The winner will be invited to join the CultTech Accelerator, which is a member of the CultTech Association – the leading international accelerator for tech startups in the cultural sector. This three-months program provides curated sessions, mentorship from experts, and access to early-stage investors and industry partners.

The CultTech Accelerator Program consists of:

Individual sessions with a mentor to prepare for the program (if needed).
The mentor will help you to:

A focused 3-month program — as a full-time participant.

The Accelerator program is suitable for you if you are:


The implementation should begin within six months of receiving the Award.

Participation in the Award Ceremony in the frame of the Ars Electronica Festival (September 6-10, 2023).

The winner will be invited to participate in other CultTech activities and promote the movement as an ambassador of CultTech.

The winner is committed to actively participate in the CultTech Accelerator Program:
Attend pre-accelerator mentoring sessions if required, attend in-person kick-off session in line with the Accelerator schedule, present their project pitch at the Demo Day on completion of the Accelerator Program. You will be expected to share your own experience and learn from others, taking the benefit of a safe and trusted environment.

The Jury Process

The jury, consisting of Ars Electronica and CultTech experts together with an independent jury member will select the final project.



All submitted works will be integrated into the Ars Electronica Archive and the winning work stays on the Festival Website, visible beyond the festival period. 


The CultTech x Ars Electronica Award is a collaborative project between the CultTech Association and Ars Electronica.

About the CultTech Association

The CultTech Association is a non-profit organization run by a team of passionate individuals who believe that technology holds great promises for the future of culture and the arts, if managed well.

The organization is involved in various activities, including a startup accelerator program, CultTech Accelerator, that brings together expertise and networks from across the startup, tech, culture and art scenes in Europe and beyond, and (soon to be announced) a Startup Studio and a Venture Fund. The organization is headquartered in Vienna.


Feel free to contact us in case you have any questions, remarks or suggestions related to the open call.

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