Two teams win big at second year of ArtsWave Tidal: Arts x Tech

In a surprise outcome, two teams’ ideas so impressed judges that two grand prizes were awarded during the second annual ArtsWave Tidal: Arts x Tech. The startup-style weekend brought together strategists, developers, marketers, designers and more to apply technology solutions to arts sector challenges.

More than 50 participants came together to tackle the five challenges presented by local arts organizations during ArtsWave Tidal, held April 21-23 at Union Hall in Over-the-Rhine. The event was presented by Fifth Third Bank, in partnership with Cintrifuse. In addition, Vantiv, The Brandery, Startup Weekend, CincyTech, and Mercedes Benz of Fort Mitchell provided additional support.  

Team Aria took the grand prize, with their innovative approach to solving the challenge presented by Xavier University: how to effectively and efficiently track, manage and maintain instrument inventory. The seven-member team each took home Amazon Echoes, and the solution itself was awarded a $5,000 grant to become a reality.

The 11-panel of judges comprised of members of the arts community, surprised everyone when they announced Team smART’s solution would also receive a $5,000 grant to be brought to life. smART proposed a solution to the intra-arts-sector challenge of sharing resources and incentivizing volunteerism within the arts ecosystem. The five-members of the team each received Amazon gift cards. 

Fifth Third Bank’s sponsorship of ArtsWave Tidal stems from its own innovative history, including the fact that more than 40 years ago, the company introduced the first shared ATM network in the U.S. Fifth Third continues to be one of Greater Cincinnati’s largest employers of technology professionals, as well as a leading supporter of the arts and ArtsWave. 

Jackie ReauCULTURE