CANNES LIONS 2011 GRAND PRIX WINNERS MENTOR TOP IDEAS FROM GLOBAL CREATIVE COMMUNITY
The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, which brings together the global advertising and communications industry, is partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in an effort to generate communications ideas that could help change the world.
Grand Challenges Explorations: Aid is Working. Tell the World is a unique call for action that aims to inspire the world’s greatest brand communicators to come up with an idea that will help solve a global problem. Any individual, team, agency or company can submit a communications idea simply expressed on just two-pages, based on the challenge issued through the foundation’s Grand Challenges Explorations programme. The brief calls for new and innovative ways of telling the real story behind global aid.
“The global Cannes Lions community is made up of the world’s greatest communicators who are solving problems for clients all day every day,” says Philip Thomas, Cannes Lions CEO. “Imagine if our community could harness this creativity to solve a global problem with an outstanding idea expressed on just two pieces of A4 paper? Imagine if a great idea emerged, and if that idea was honed and improved by the best thinkers in the industry? And imagine if there was the money to actually make something happen, to create the idea.”
Up to ten participants will be awarded $100,000 for the development of their idea – and the chance to be mentored by the Grand Prix Winners from Cannes Lions 2011, who have come together to form the ‘Cannes Chimera’ possibly the greatest collection of creative talent ever assembled. Successful projects will then have the chance to seek additional funding up to $1 million to bring their idea to fruition.
Tom Scott, Director, Global Brand & Innovation at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said, “Aid is effective, but the story of aid isn’t breaking through. Now more than ever it’s critical that we look at new and innovative ways to change the debate. We are excited to partner with Cannes Lions to help ensure that the world’s greatest creative minds can put their energy against a really important challenge.”
How to Take Part
Grand Challenges Explorations: Aid is Working. Tell the World is open to everyone. The idea has to be submitted on two sides of A4 paper between now and 15 May. In the summer, all the ideas will be judged anonymously, solely on their merit, stripping everything back to the purity and creativity of the idea itself. The jury will be made up of the Cannes Chimera, as well as members of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s review board and a small group of panel experts. Up to ten of the most brilliant ideas may be selected as finalists each receive $100,000 to further develop the idea.
In the autumn, Cannes Lions will fly the finalists and the Cannes Chimera to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation campus in Seattle, USA. There, the Cannes Chimera will draw upon their different skills and expertise to help hone the winning ideas and mentor their creators. The ideas can then be re-submitted to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with a chance of winning up to $1,000,000 to put them into practice. There, the originators will be invited back to the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity in 2013 to show the rest of the global advertising community what they produced and the difference it has made.