Applications open for Shaping the Future workshops

Introducing hackathon mentors and open workshops on November 13

As creativity and culture industries have become more important not only in daily life but also in work and projects, The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) and Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation is inviting everyone that would like to make the world a better place to participate in open workshops in Saint Petersburg on November 13.

Acknowledging how important it is to implement culture and creativity in regional and international sustainability development ideas and projects, Shaping the Future hackathon in Saint Petersburg will gather participants from different countries across Europe. Hackathon attendees passionate about making the world better through innovative problem-solving, who want to contribute towards shaping a more inclusive world will learn the basics of building sustainable projects and bringing ideas to life with the help of experienced mentors. The Creative and Cultural Industries hackathon Shaping the Future will be held on November 13.

Everyone who is interested in the topic and wish to gain new knowledge and insights is invited to join the open workshops that are organized in parallel with the hackathon event. Participants will have a chance to learn the basics of entrepreneurship, design and sustainability thinking on November 13, at the Parklane resort & SPA. To apply for the open workshops and see the detailed program, please visit

During the open workshops, participants will have a chance to work with experienced mentors who have gained their knowledge around the world. Alise Dīrika (Latvia), Co-founder and Senior Manager at Infogram & Prezi will offer insights on the importance of design, while Mike Bradshaw (UK), Head Coach at Sampo Accelerator and the host of the hackathon has extensive experience working with new ideas and founders from idea to real products and services in the market. Gleb Maltsev (Estonia), Co-founder at Fundwise & Pitch Trainer at Stoneful will deliver a workshop on presentation skills to help pitch your idea to others on a stage, while Ernests Štāls (Latvia), Co-founder of TechChill and TechHub Riga will offer insights on the mindset of developing ideas in the early stages, Tatu Marttila (Finland), a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Design, in Aalto University and Trevor Davies (Denmark), Director of Copenhagen International Theater will host workshops on design and urban planning.

Creative and Cultural Industries hackathon Shape the Future is organized as the VI International Forum by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation  jointly with the Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC). The NDPC focuses on improving operational conditions for cultural and creative industries, bridging the gap between various sources of funding, sectors of activity and strengthening cooperation between project owners, business communities, the public sector, and international institutions throughout Northern Dimension. Read more about us: