Derry 2.0 - Three CultureTech Ideas

If you hadn’t heard, Derry will be the UK City of Culture in 2013. Culture is a pretty broad theme covering everything from visual arts to music to literature to well, a whole mess of stuff. So where does tech come in?

Increasingly technology is being used not only as a delivery vehicle for all things cultural but also as a creative and curative tool – helping people both make and find their own particular flavours of culture. And that means opportunities.

So, in the first of a series of posts on the theme, here are three quick ideas to help you get your brainstorm on and start you thinking about your own ‘culture tech’ business to start:

Art Sumo

Based on a similar model to ‘deal a day’ site Groupon, presents a single piece of original art each day from ‘under-appreciated artists in the small corners of the globe’.

Subscribers receive a daily email featuring a one-off painting at an ‘exclusive price’ – someone buys, the site takes its cut and the artist gets theirs.

It’s not hard to picture a version featuring up-and-coming artists in specific regions, student projects or even focusing on a particular style of art.

If you’ve an eye for what makes great art, an interesting angle and some connections it’d be a really easy (and cheap) business to start.


As the name suggests, brings together the worlds of bands and brands or as they more eloquently put it “seeking and connecting emerging music and fashion”. Once a week subscribers are encouraged to check out one new emerging act alongside an up-and-coming fashion label – and they get special offers in the process.

What cultural gems could you help promote to the world?


If you’ve tried, you’ll get the idea of pretty quickly. uses your existing music collection to bring you new music that you’ll love. ArtFinder invites you to select works of art that you like and then uses the information it stores about those works to suggest others that might float your boat too. You can store and share your new finds and, of course, buy high-quality prints of them too.

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Mark Nagurski is Derry’s Digital Champion, based at the Londonderry Chamber of Commerce. You can contact him by email to or by visiting www.digitalderry.o