Popathon Barcelona 2013
Popathon Barcelona 2013



September 12 & 13

How will you tell your story? Popathon invites you to explore ways to create stories that live on the web with other film, web and design creatives.

Interactive, dynamic, participatory; web-based storytelling is developing all the time. If you’re interested in where it’s headed, don’t miss this special edition of Popathon, presented in partnership with Lighthouse and Mozilla.


Popathon invites filmmakers, web developers and designers to collaborate to develop ideas, build open-source code and demo prototypes of their own web-native stories.
Led by technologist and Lighthouse studio resident Philo van Kemenade and filmmaker Gilles Pradeau, the event aims to inspire and enthuse participants to explore new working practices in their web-based storytelling.

Participants are encouraged to come to Popathon either alone, or with a group, bringing ideas or content for a project. Teams then compete against the clock to tackle the creative challenges these projects present, with help and advice from organisers and mentors from the film and web industries. Popathon culminates in an informal demo session on Saturday evening, when all the prototypes are shared.

Past projects produced through Popathon include:

Coming Soon

Coming Soon prototype

This ever unfolding story of digital pre-natives was waiting to be told. A real-time dynamic life story that is different every time, thanks to the Instagram API.


SterotypeCelona prototype

How stereotypical are your ideas about the people living in the different parts of Barcelona? An interactive video quiz with embedded data visualisation.

BCN Says

BCN Says prototype

Big cities are a constant buzz. Imagine you can conduct the sounds of your city into an urban symphony. Come in to play while listening what Barcelona has to say.

Depending on your specialism, there are a range of benefits to be gained from taking part:

Filmmakers / Content Producers
– explore interactive storytelling
– have a project you are working on? bring it along!
– meet and collaborate with designers and developers

Technologists / Developers
– try out new libraries and frameworks in a informal creative setting
– work on an interactive multimedia storytelling project
– meet & collaborate with designers and filmmakers

– design the future of storytelling on the web.
– tackle questions like: what does an interactive film look like?
– meet & collaborate with filmmakers and developers

Previous Popathon participants said:

“Popathon is really important in terms of bringing people together across these different skillsets and bringing them into an easy conversation.”
Mandy Rose (Director Digital Cultures Research Centre, University of the West of England, Bristol)

“Popathon was a great experience, I highly recommend it to anyone working on a web doc.”
Paulina Tervo (Filmmaker)

Dates: Friday and Saturday, September 12 & 13
Times: Friday 6pm – 10pm; Saturday 10am – 8pm
Location: Lighthouse, 28, Kensington Street, Brighton, BN14AJ
Tickets: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/popathon-brighton-digital-festival-tickets

Bring: Whatever you’ll need to hack with; laptops should be charged and loaded with production software and any footage should be stored on external drives or online. Also bring headphones, as you’ll be working in a shared space. Lunch, snacks, refreshments and WiFi will all be provided.

Popathon is part of Lighthouse’s programme for Brighton Digital Festival 2014. Brighton Digital Festival is a month long celebration of digital culture. It is run by members of Brighton’s arts and digital communities and supported by Arts Council England and Brighton & Hove City Council.

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