Session: Using technology and art to create real impact
A large mobile game, a digital teaching tool, a documentary film - and finally a new humanitarian organization. Elin Festøy and Catharina Due Bøhler present how a flexible and experimental collaboration between two companies ended up in a six year long collaboration and the founding of The Children Born of War Foundation. Glued together by strong mutual motivation and a short list of guiding goals, the companies Teknopilot and Sarepta Studio have created visibility for the children of enemy soldiers for millions of players and produced the BAFTA-winning mobile game My Child Lebensborn. A moving meeting with children of enemy soldiers led to an evolving and innovative transmedia project.
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Bio: Elin Festøy
Elin Festøy is the founder and CEO of Teknopilot AS, a Norwegian production company for experimental film and computer games. She has worked with tech through her whole career, first as a tech journalist and editor and then as a creative producer, using new media opportunities for impactful storytelling. She is currently also an artistic research fellow at The Norwegian Film School, working on emotionally charged interactions for non-fiction, producing an experimental VR piece. Festøy holds a Master in English literature from Oslo University, a Master in digital communication from BI University College and has studied computer science at RWTH Aachen.