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Tidal: Arts x Tech Challenge will unite the dynamic Cincinnati start-up community with the region’s vibrant and long-standing arts and corporate sectors for one weekend of innovative problem-solving and arts experiences.


2016 Challenges

Challenge 1 - Arts Check-in and Loyalty App, proposed by ArtsWave: Using geodata and existing resources such as, create a mobile app that would allow people to find art and arts experiences near them and then check in, rate and share those experiences. Users will create a personal, lifelong digital arts diary and build social communities around arts participation – theoretically around the world. Ideally, the solution also would suggest arts experiences based on user check-ins and ratings and, for the Cincinnati market, include click-thrus to venue ticket websites and opportunities for ArtsWave ArtsPass members to accrue discounts based on a loyalty rewards system.

Challenge 2 - Mobile Arts Education and Engagement, proposed by ArtWorks, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, Contemporary Arts CenterCapture people’s inspiration by and engagement with the arts by building a digital way for them to learn more about the artist(s) and issues presented as well as follow the artist(s) and discover more work by them.

Challenge 3 - Connecting People Through The Arts, proposed by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company: People often want to go to an exhibit or performance but don’t want to go alone. Give people a digital way to find and connect with people who have similar arts interests.

Challenge 4 - Personal Art Curation, proposed by Cincinnati Art Museum
Capitalizing on the Cincinnati Art Museum’s large permanent collection, which will be digital this spring, build a tool that would allow people to curate and share their own art exhibit.

Challenge 5 - Cincinnati Arts Tracker, proposed by Contemporary Arts Center and Cincinnati May Festival: Many Cincinnati artists and arts organizations create and perform new work that then goes on to great acclaim and wide appeal elsewhere. Build a solution that would allow people to track Cincinnati premieres and artists.
Challenge 6 - Creating a Cincinnati Arts Experience, proposed by Cincinnati Shakespeare Company: Help people pair arts events and experiences with other Cincinnati establishments and attractions, for example, suggesting a great restaurant – based on food-type, proximity and atmosphere – with a showing of a new play.

Challenge 7 - Creating an Interactive Arts Experience, proposed by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park: Use technology to enliven the lobby space before and after performances to immerse people in the arts experience and allow them to interact and engage in new ways with the work being presented.

Challenge 8 - Building a Patron Data Profile, proposed by Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Taft Museum of Art: Use social media posts and pictures to build patron profiles and to discover behavior patterns and preferences among visitors. Then, take that information to target new audience members and to help guide and focus programming.


                                                      Fifth third

In a groundbreaking collaboration among ArtsWave, Fifth Third Bank, Cintrifuse and Startup Cincy, we are bringing together some of the brightest minds in Greater Cincinnati to solve real challenges from our region's largest arts organizations. ArtsWave Arts x Tech is a first-of-its-kind weekend problem-solving event - part art, part technology, part entertainment and all inspiration. 

“Fifth Third is proud to contribute the time and talent of our employees, as well as the financial resources of our Bank to tackle challenges facing our clients and our communities,” stated Teresa Tanner, Chief Administrative Officer, Fifth Third Bancorp. “Cincinnati’s world-renowned arts community helps define our hometown’s cultural identity, and we are committed to its health and growth.”

Conceived by ArtsWave Board Member and LISNR Co-Founder Chris Ostoich, Tidal will give the growing start-up community in Cincinnati a meaningful way to contribute and connect to the arts sector. Ostoich and Cintrifuse CEO Wendy Lea hope Tidal Arts x Tech Challenge becomes an ongoing way for the two sectors to share ideas and innovation. 

“Drawing upon the expertise of professionals from the technology and arts communities promises to unite the intellectual agifts of the ‘left-‘ and ‘right-brained’ thinkers, generating unique and creative solutions for the challenges facing our arts community,” stated Joe Robinson, Chief Operations and Technology Officer, Fifth Third Bancorp. “These skill sets are invaluable to the future of Fifth Third Bank and to our region." 

For information regarding positions within information technology and the wide range of challenging career opportunities available with Fifth Third, please visit

In addition to Fifth Third's generous sponsorship, Tidal is supported by: 
StartUp Cincy Kroger cintrifuse