Recap of the #NPDCbootcamp

What a week! On 13-17 June this year #NDPCBootcamp set out to support 15 cultural and creative professionals in building strong new connections across the ND area so that future collaborations can flourish. Every morning bootcampers formed new teams and received a new challenge that should be tackled by an innovative idea during the day and presented at the evening “conference”.

So we’re delighted that the group of peers have bonded so well while developing their collaboration skills and creating 10 bright  ideas that envision specific first steps. Even first collaborations beyond the bootcamp ideas have been set out.

We’re still in awe of the inspiring and inclusive energy that was created by the openness of the like-minded yet very diverse group of peers. May our common adventures in creating, collaborating and implementing continue!

If you didn’t get the chance to check out our social media diaries last week, you can find the review of the #NDPCbootcamp here:

Day One

Together with the camp facilitator Subtopia and our friends EU National Institutes for Culture and Tallinna Loomeinkubaator we finally met the diverse group of Bootcamp participants: 15 creative entrepreneurs from six countries and even more diverse nationalities/roots and professional backgrounds. The group arrived at Saaremaa, Kuressaare and set out the common goals.

Photo: Jan Thau

Photo: Jan Thau


Day Two

Creatives started their collaboration in groups and tackled the first challenge of the camp: What can we do for the world, together?

By identifying the skills of the fresh team, they specified four narrow problems and came up with four innovative ideas that can be implemented without no initial funding. At the end of the day we met at our first “Saaremaa Summit” and bootcampers immersively introduced to the fruits of their collaboration.

Photo: Elina Meiere


Day Three

The creatives not only challenged themselves by working on new ways of creative-cross innovation, but also actively took part in the Creative Industries’ Future Session + Q&A with futurist Roope Mokka. During and after the session, the bootcampers had the opportunity to connect and network with the region’s governmental representatives.

It is always a great pleasure to facilitate mutually inspiring people-to-people connections between CCI practitioners and policy makers!

Photo: Kaspars Teilāns


Day Four

Thursday was dedicated to the local challenges of Saaremaa island (introduced by a local) – bootcampers immersed themselves even deeper into the Kuressaare local life and presented their ideas in the realms of the town.

Photo: Elina Meiere

Photo: Elina Meiere


Day Five

On Friday boot-campers reflected on their collaboration – both as a group and on individual level as well. Creatives also identified possible first steps of the project ideas they have developed during the week.
In the end – farewells while acknowledging that the connections made will certainly remain.

Photo: Kaspars Teilāns

Photo: Kaspars Teilāns


We are still in awe of the inspiring and including energy that was created by the openness of the like-minded yet very diverse group of peers. Thank you for being with us in this exploration journey! May our common adventures in creating, collaborating and implementing continue!

This bootcamp has been organised in collaboration with camp facilitators Subtopia and our friends EU National Institutes for Culture and Tallinna Loomeinkubaator.