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Register your 2017 What IF… Festival experience.
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Criteria for What IF Festival Applications

We invite proposals that celebrate innovation and/or creativity.  While creativity and innovation are subjective terms, we offer these (not to be limiting) definitions:

What is creativity?  It is our inherent ability to create something that is, in some way, new rather than imitated.

What is innovation? It is the creation of something that is both imaginative/creative and usable. An innovative idea might be a totally new concept, push the boundaries of an existing idea or break existing assumptions.

Applications might:

  •  Demonstrate an innovative process or an innovative product or both.
  • Show collaboration between/among surprising partners, such as among multiple usually unrelated businesses, or between technology and art, or ranching and dancing.
  • Span diverse cultures or geographical areas.
  • Result in a presentation, play, interactive exhibit, installation, or some completely unexpected interactive Experience.

Importantly, we invite applications showing creativity or innovation in any domain/discipline: arts, technology, business, education, culinary creations, community engagement, retail, etc.  We encourage application in any other area including interesting inventions devised in your garage, or new processes for doing something.


Basic Festival Standards

Each application must describe how the proposed Experience would meet the basic Festival Standards for Experiences or it was excluded from further review.  The Festival Standards are:

  • The proposed Experience is educational and not about selling a product.  (Note: If you have a cool product to sell, apply to be part of the Bizarre Bazaar .)
  • The proposed Experience is in good taste and appropriate for a family-friendly event.
  • The final Experience will be professionally presented and/or executed.

 

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