An interactive digital gallery and exhibits created for Rotorua’s Te Puia experience has been named as one of the best ICT cultural projects in the world.
Lumen Digital Studio won the prize in the cultural section of the World Summit Awards for excellence in e-content and creativity.
The award will be presented at the WSA winners’ conference in Venice, on November 5.
WSA identifies and promotes e-content products in collaboration with the United Nations secretary general’s global alliance for ICT and development, UNESCO and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). Just 40 winners were chosen this year, from 24,000 projects from 160 countries. They were selected by a 32-member grand jury.
Wellington-based Lumen has a team of concept developers, designers and animators who work on a range of digital media projects.
Co-founder and director Chris Hay says the Te Puia galleries represent the knowledge and values of the Te Arawa people in the Whakarewarewa region. The interpretation and the interactivities of Te Puia were developed in 2006, with the aid of 3D Creative Design and Management.