3M & Mia Team Up On $50k Art + Tech Competition



Via News Release

Screen Shot 2016-08-04 at 9.17.00 AM“Calling all creative thinkers, developers, designers, makers, and more! Have a great idea about how art and technology can intersect? Want to help Mia break new ground and shatter some stuffy old rules? Let your imagination loose and make your mark.”

You could win $25,000 in cash, an additional $25,000 for research, development, and the opportunity meet and work with with industry leaders from Mia, 3M, Best Buy, Microsoft, and others to help bring your concept to life.  It’s your pitch. Show us what you’ve got.

If you’re passionate about art and technology and have an idea about how to enhance the museum experience, here’s your chance to impress the best. Our panel of digital experts is looking for innovative, out-of-the box concepts that will inspire, connect, and engage museum audiences—young and old alike. Submit one, or several ideas.

The best entries will be:

  • Innovative and creative. We’re looking for something that’s never been done before.
  • Engaging to the user throughout their museum experience.
  • Accessible to all audiences, including those historically underserved.
  • Multifaceted, offering deep audience engagement via digital platforms, interfaces, tools, experiences, etc.
  • Impressive, impactful, offer ample “wow factor,” or hold a pleasant surprise.
  • Feasible and reflect practical needs for implementation.

Contestants should demonstrate:

  • Ingenuity
  • The capability, availability and skills to implement the Project described in the Entry
  • An ability to communicate ideas clearly
  • Previous success at similar efforts

We are currently accepting entries.

The 3M Art and Technology Competition recognizes artistry and innovation in the field of technology. As partners with shared interest in how technology, design and experience come together to enrich arts and culture, 3M and Mia are pleased to collaborate on this exciting program. Thanks to 3M for their generous financial support of this program.


  • Concerned Observer

    Do these terms seem one-sided to anyone?

    “By submitting your Entry to the Contest, you hereby grant Mia an irrevocable, perpetual, worldwide, royalty-free, non-exclusive license to use, implement, modify, create derivative works, edit, display and reproduce the project described in the Entry (the “License”). If you are not selected as the winner, the License will expire.”

    • http://tech.mn Jeff Pesek

      To some, for $50,000, that might be worth it? It’s always wise to read and understand the terms of the deal ;)

    • http://twitter.com/casey__allen Casey Allen

      Slightly, but considering that a pilot with MIA would be most of these founders’ dream come true it should work for all parties. It keeps them all aligned to pick a worthwhile winner and still gives the founder what they need: cash + a referenceable case study.

      This is also why three-party partnerships are tough. They are almost always going to appear to be slightly asymmetrical.

      But, let’s face it. Most founders are looking for cash and customers. This solves for that.

      • Concerned Observer