open call

14 -17. NOVEMBER 2018
CultTechLab aims bringing together leading cultural institutions from Russia and Europe with the best international startups to solve real-life challenges and discuss digital transformation in the cultural sector.

Business-innovation collective, passionate about driving creative content and cultural heritage through technology.

Event of a global scale, annually attracting thousands of culture experts from around the world.
First in Russia university to provide students' professional development within an individual trajectory, forming a digital profile of competences
Challenge partners
Special partners
How does it work?
Partners set innovational challenges they aim to solve.
Startups possessing relevant technology apply for participance.
Within 48 hours on the 14. and 15. of November selected startups refine their solutions in collaboration with Partners.
On the 17. of November Partners announce their decisions.
Is it a hackathon?

CultTech Lab is a laboratory where representatives of selected startups work in a direct contact with customers, so the results achieved in the process of collaboration have great chances to become implemented in the shortest term.
Challenges for startups
GULAG History Museum
Developing a visualization tool for the scheme of detention centers system in the USSR
Tretyakov Gallery
Educational game-based instrument for Tretyakov Gallery Social Media development
Perm Opera & Ballet Theatre
Loyalty system with options of feedback and sharing based on biometric recognition technology
Bolshoi Drama Theatre
Loyalty system based on BDT customers' data merged with the ticketing system
Moscow Philharmonic
New audiences attraction and involvement instrument through the edutainment technologies
Why startups should apply?
Solve real-world challenges
Prototype solutions for real-world challenges related to the cultural field and digital sector.
Direct collaboration with customer
The opportunity to implement your project in a short term
Benefit from meeting international key players in the field of culture and a learning experience.
Test your skills & receive feedback
Work next to the leading cultural institutions of Russia and receive valuable feedback.
Get exposure
Showcase your startup on the St. Petersburg Cultural Forum in front of an international audience of potential investors and clients.
Travel package
RDI.Digital will cover accommodation and all travel costs within Russia for all startups selected.
Until October 10th 2018
Applying via the form
October 15th
Announcement of startups selected for CultTech Lab
14. - 15. November 2018, Moscow
48-hours laboratory where startups refine their challenge solutions together with partners
17. November, 12:30, St. Petersburg
Presentation of challenge solutions developed during the laboratory in Moscow
17, November, 14:30, St. Petersburg
Award ceremony
17. November, 19:30, St. Petersburg
Reception & networking
Any more questions?
Why should I apply for CultTech Lab Russia?
CultTech Lab Russia will connect you to the leading cultural institutions of Russia as well provide the opportunity to showcase your startup at ICF St. Petersburg in front of potential investors and business partners. For all startups selected, participation at CultTech Lab Russia comes free of charge.
How will the startups get selected?
This is based on pre-defined criteria including product, traction, market potential and team evaluation, as well as the fit for the respective challenge question you are applying for.
We will be evaluating all application in collaboration with our key partners and in the startup and investment ecosystem.
When will I know if I am selected?
We'll get in touch with you by mid of October 2018.

What happens if I get selected?
You'll get invited to Moscow to prototype a solution for the challenge you have been applying for in a 48 hours hackathon.
After the hackathon you will get to present your solution on stage of International Cultural Forum in St. Petersburg in front of leading cultural institutions of Russia and and an exclusive international investors audience.
How can I pitch or exhibit?
All selected startups will get to pitch on stage of International Cultural Forum in St. Petersburg.
If you wish to get additional exposure through an exhibition space, please simply mark this option in your application form. We will select the exhibiting startups around three weeks before the event. You don't need to apply separately.
How much does it cost?
For the selected startups, all travel within Russia and accommodation will be paid by RDI.Digital. The participation at International Cultural Forum will be free of charge for the selected startups.
What if I get selected and cannot attend afterall?
Please inform us by end of October, if this is the case, so we can call up a replacement for another deserving startup. If you don't let us know by this date, we reserve the right to charge a cancellation fee of €150 excluding VAT.
Who will be in the Jury?
Heads of leading Russian Cultural Institutions, investors and patrons of arts.
What will be the prizes?
Join us if you are curious about working next to the prominent Culture Institution and wish to benefit from this learning experience. Showcase your startup in St. Petersburg @ SPICF in front of an international audience of potential investors and clients. There will be also special prizes.
How many people from my team will be accepted to participate?
Moscow part (Hackathon) can accept 3-4 members per team. One member of your team will go to St-Petersburg to present the solution.

Do I need to have the visa to go to Russia?
Most likely, yes. RDI.Digital will guide you through the process.