Contest FantàsTIC2015


After CASTIC2012, the L’altra ràdio of Ràdio 4 and La Mandarina de Newton, with the support of the Catalan Society of Sci-Fi & Fantasy announce a new contest, FantàsTIC2015.

FantàsTIC2015 is a competition of science-fiction micro-stories related with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and with three main objectives: to encourage creative writing; imagine the future use of Internet and ICTs among citizens and schools in Catalonia; encourage artistic creation and the critic view of the language and to encourage radiophonic creation, with the production of short stories as a result of the adaptation of the winners’ texts.

This contest is open to groups of students from primary and secondary schools in Catalonia and to all citizens from the age of 16, individually or in groups.

The works should be a short science fiction story in Catalan which plot includes any device or usage related with ICTs.

There are diferente categories and the participant’s texts must be submitted before May 10, 2015! 

<< You can read the contest guidelines at the FantàsTIC2015 webpage. >>

And of course, there are FantàsTIC prizes for each category!!

Following the contest, La Mandarina de Newton will propose several co-creation online projects inspired by the winner texts and open to all internet users. We propose the co-creation of new stories inspired from the first sentence of the three winning stories (one per category). The initiative called “FantasTIC continues…” will result in new “nano stories” (even shorter than the first ones) inspired by the winning stories and that are created from the participation of several people. Making the stories evolve in parallel and across different platforms, will result in a variety of rich and interesting stories.

Additionally, and outside the competition, the L’altra ràdio will freely organise a radio workshop with the young people, at the La Mandarina de Newton space. The aim is to make a radio adaptation of one of the works of the science fiction writer, Jordi de Manuel, and broadcast it together with the three winning FantàsTIC2015 entries.


And... We have the winners of the 3rd edition of Science of the City!

During the last 3 months we have received several videos from participants of different places, ages and backgrounds. Videos that show us endless ways of seeing the science that surrounds us. This year we awarded two videos, one chosen by the public through online voting and one chosen by a jury of experts in science, technology and audiovisuals. It was not easy, but a decision had to be made…

The winners of this Science of the City’s edition are:

Biological clocks: the rhythm that moves us, by Laia Torres and Laura Pardo.


Accelerate yourself, by Mar Batlle.

The jury wants also to make special mention to the video of John Scott, Glasgow, City of Science. This video offers a novel and interesting view of this Scottish city. If you seek scientific destinations for this summer, we believe that this one is highly recommended.

We would like to congratulate the winners and all of you who took part of this contest, for all the effort! We hope you enjoyed a lot while creating your videos and, of course, that you have learned and discovered a little more about the science of your city!

Keep Looking at your city with scientific eyes and explaining and sharing what you see because science is everywhere!

Remember Science of the City doesn’t end here! Some of the videos you submitted will be aired on TV, we will keep working and organizing activities….

We’ll keep you updated!



Investigating the importance of colors

As you know, we continue working on the project Science of the City #2. Although the first phase of the video contest finished early this year, we are still receiving videos as a result of different collaborations we have established with international institutions, in countries such as Croatia or Netherlands. Moreover, we began with the second phase of the project, in which we aim to establish a bridge between participants and scientists.

On Friday April 5, we were at the Institut Lluís de Requesens, Molins de Rei, Barcelona, holding a workshop for students and researchers. The students from this school participated in the 2nd edition of Science of the City video contest with several videos: ‘Temperature Changes‘, ‘A Flood of Signals‘, ‘Public Services at Molins‘ and ‘Boredom at the Institute‘. The lattest was one of the winners of this edition, in which the students questioned the importance of building design in schools, particularly of the colors used in classrooms and corridors, and how this influences the attention span of the students during the classes. This seemed to us an extremely interesting question and thus, with the help of the Atelier des Jours à Venir, we tried to contact experts on perception and cognition.

Two researchers from the Donders Institute (Nilmegen, Netherlands), Dr. Guillaume Sescousse (Cognitive Control- Perception, Action and Control) and Dra. Mathilde Bonnefond (Neuronal Oscillations- Brain Networks and Neuronal Communication) accepted our invitation and came to Molins de Rei to join the workshop.

In this first session we wanted to, in one hand, create a link between the students and the researchers and, on the other hand, find ways to translate the scientific concepts of the winning video to questions that could be interesting for our invited researchers to follow up at their labs. For that we conducted several activities focused on the topics of learning, attention, color,…

We began with a first exercise in order to ‘break the ice’ within the room: we arranged ourselves according to the color of our eyes, from the lightest to the ones darkest. Then, we asked the students to, in post-its of different colors, write down whatever these colors remind them of: peace, joy, euphoria,… Then, the task was to sort the post-its by topics. Once re-ordered, we could conclude that unconsciously we associate different colors with specific issues or feelings.

The students explained what had motivated them to make the video, and the scientists, their research projects

The students hypothesized that the boring environment of the corridors and classrooms of their school could be one of the reasons for the lack of interest and attention during classes. The neuroscientist Guillaume Sescousse explained how he and his team study the reward processing and risky decision-making, in both healthy and psychiatric disorders’ conditions. Dra. Mathilde Bonnefond explained that part of her work in the lab focus on trying to understand how our brain processes the information and how the different brain regions communicate with each other during the different cognitive processes, such as during visual processing under various levels of attention. To illustrate how the colors can interfere with the learning processes and with our ability to maintain our focus levels, the researchers challenged the students with different exercises. One of them was to try to memorize the maximum number of words during 2 minutes. Each set of words was presented in different background colors: red, blue and gray. At the end of the game, we all could confirm that, as shown in scientific studies, the colors influence our memory and focus capabilities. The red creates tension and make us more focused, opposite to blue, which relaxes us. We usually associate blue colors with creative environments, however, this means a reduced ability to retain information.

At the end of the workshop, we asked the students to re-think the questions and ideas raised in the winning video. We wanted to finish the session with a narrow set of questions on the topic. Here are some of the issues raised: Do colors equally affect people of different ages? Does the way we perceive colors depend on the time of the day or season? Does color affects differently people of different cultures? What colors should be chosen for the different school spaces? What happens in the brain during color perception?

Now, of all the questions and issues raised during this morning, students have to choose one, the one they would like to explore with the help of the researchers. The next workshop is already scheduled: on July we all meet again! We will keep you informed!


Announcing the winners of Science of the City II!

This second edition of Science of the City will have different phases. It will travel around different cities of the world where it will incorporate new videos, new ideas and new debates.

So far, the first phase of this second edition ended on December 15th. It got a high level participation. The members of the jury have been Irene Lapuente, Ramon Sangüesa, Albert Folk, Claire Ribrault and Livio Riboli-Sasco. They had a hard job choosing for the best videos. Finally, they decided to hand the prizes to these three following videos:

La basura en la ciudad (150€)

Avorriment a l’Institut (150€)
Biogas (150€)

We would like to congratulate the winners and all the rest of the participants for their effort and their learning experienced!

The following steps will lead us to connect the participants with science researchers in the following fields: waste, perception and energy. We will keep you informed!


Ready to vote for the first videos of Science of the City II

The first phase of the Science of the City #2 video contest is already completed.

This time the issues that concerned the participants were energy, waste and colors! Could we get students more interested in what they learn if schools had other colors painted on the walls? How colors in traffic signals affect people? Why recycling bins are yellow and blue, two colors that color-blind people cannot tell apart? Can we create energy from people treading on the streets? And with biogas? And turbines? Can we save energy with more public transportation? And by decreasing thermal contracts? What do we do with our garbage?… These are some of the questions and proposals sent to us.

If you want to vote for them, visit

In late January 2013, Science of the City will travel to Croatia… The deadline for creating videos in this new phase is not over yet! We’ll keep you informed!


Opens Science of the City II Video Contest!

La Mandarina de Newton, within its area of research and work Co-Creating Cultures, and after the success of the first edition, launches the second edition of Science of the City.

Science of the City takes places in Barcelona, Silicon Valley, Paris and other cities. La Mandarina de Newton appreciates the support of the Tech Museum of San Jose in Silicon Valley, California, of the entire membership of its virtual platform. Also the support of the Paris-Montagne NGO and the Municipality of Barcelona.

Science of the City promotes dialogue between city and science

Scientists and technologists do research and create solutions that affect us in our daily lives. How can we let them know what we know and what concerns us about the problems in our streets, squares and neighborhoods? How can we learn and work together to improve our daily life in our cities?

Through the Science of the City project we create a bridge for anyone to reach and meet with scientists and technologists, and to know the why of the thousand and one possibilities and realities that science and technology create for our cities.

If you want to participate in the process, start by entering the video contest and send a two-minute video that can be:

  • a question: make a video about a question that intrigues you and that involves some science or technology aspect.

For example, “How is traffic handled in a city?.” If you win the contest, we will help you spend time with a research group that can answer your question.

  • a proposal: Imagine and describe a solution that incorporates science and technology. We will look for a research group that can evaluate your proposal and you will be able to see how they work on it and how it evolves.

For example, in the first edition of Science of the City a participant suggested using the street noises to create power in cities: Can you think of a proposal to solve other problems in the city?

From now until December 7th you will be able to send us as many videos as you want and we will upload them at this platform. Chose an idea, make a 2 minutes video, upload it at your Youtube acount and send us (cocreatingcultures (@) a short description and the link. We will upload them at the platform of the project:

During this time you can also watch the videos of other participants, comment on them, ask other people in the platform for advice on your own videos and, finally, vote on the proposals.

Remember, the deadline ends on December 7th, 2012.

The best videos submitted to the contests will be selected by a jury and by popular vote. All videos will be part of a research project open to scientists and technologists.

This year three prizes will be awarded:

  • Most original question
  • More surprising proposal
  • Most voted Video

If you look carefully around you, you will be surprised with the number of scientific phenomena that can be observed without leaving your city. If, however, you still have doubts about how they could be shown on your clips,you can have a look at the two samples we have prepared. We hope they you like them and they can inspire you!


ICT Case 2012 solved! At last, we know the name of the winners

The most intriguing mystery of  ICT Case 2012, has been solved. Finally we know the name of the winners of this micro-stories competition.  In total we have received 88 short stories,  composed with less than 800 words, around Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). An outstanding participation rate indeed, 56 stories witten by Upper Primary Education students and 22 stories created by Secondary School students, coming from 13 different schools.

The call for was jointly managed by the L’Altra Ràdio of Radio 4, the Departament d’Ensenyament, La Mandarina of Newton and the science teacher and writer of literature of intrigue, Jordi de Manuel.


Winners and finalists
These are the micro-stories rated by the jury:

Higher Primary Category
Winner: The supercomputer, designed by Marc Bosch Galdeano, 5th year student at the Col·legi Sant Miquel (Barcelona). Teacher coordinator: Montse Coderch
Finalists: Supercomputers (Antoni Sisó Farré), A world without A (Adrià Cavero ) and Reasons of the Heart (Laura Arribas). Students of Col·legi Sant Miquel (Barcelona).

Secondary School Category
Winner: No signal, designed by Deborah Ramirez, Felix Guijarro, Soraya Alcayada, Areli Fernández, Cristina Ruiz, Daniele Lenoir, Juan Salguero, Reading Group of 2th of ESO . Joan Miró Institute (L’Hospitalet de Llobregat). Teacher coordinator: Meritxell Monsonís.
Finalists: New intelligence (Judith Parés de Tera) and Colors (Mireia Martínez Rubio), works created by students of the Montgròs Institute (Sant Pere de Ribes), and Diary of a fellow (Laia Fernández Villanueva) of Princess Margaret School (Barcelona).

General Category
Winner: Zzzzmmm, work of Esteve Martorell i Esteve
Finalists: The importance of having an iPod (Marco Felipe) IES Vicens Vives (Girona), The Rose Club (Isabel Bonany Solà) and The Mysterious katana (Jesus Martin Rivera).


The jury of ICT Case 2012 has been composed by:
Jordi de Manuel, writer (President).
Irene Lapuente, physics and founder of La Mandarina de Newton
Pitu Martínez, teacher and specialist in ICT for education.
Cinto Niqui, journalist and director of L’Altra Ràdio


The radio version is still in process …
All winning entries and finalists will be posted on the website of L’Altra Ràdio and the Co-Creating Cultures Blog of La Mandarina Newton. The three winning entries will be re-adapted in radio version and will be broadcasted by L’Altra Ràdio in June 2012. This edition will also include the radio version of the  Guatzsap short story, written for the ICT Case of 2012 by Jordi de Manuel.


…And as an invitation to co-create on the Internet
La Mandarina de Newton will make several open proposals for co-creating nano-stories through social networks to all Internet users. A new story will be co-created each week during the month of June, starting with the first sentence of the three winning stories and the story Guatzsap. This initiative, called “To Be Continued …” will propose the participants to continue the story by adding new sentences starting from the first one. The co-creative process will take place in parallel

This co-creation will take place in parallel on the Co-Creating Cultures Blog, Co-Creating Cultures Facebook and Twitter @cocreatingcult. New nano-sories (even shorter stories) will be created inspired by the begginings by the beginnings of the winning stories and built from the participation of several people. Modelling the evolution of the same history across different platforms will provide us a wide variety of rich and interesting stories.


ICT Case 2012, the most intriguing competition of technological micro-stories!

Open announcement of the micro-stories competition ‘ICT Case 2012’


ICT Case 2012 is a competition of micro-stories of intrigue related to Information Technology and Communication (ICT), organized by L’Altra ràdio a radio program at Radio 4, the Educational Department of the Catalan Government and la Mandarina de Newton. Jordi de Manuel, a science professor and a writer of intrigue literacy, who has recently published The death of the runner (2012), is joining this initiative too.

The objectives of the ICT Case 2012 competition are: to promote writing and literary creation, to promote the use of Internet and ICTs amongst citizens and schools of Catalonia, to stimulate artistic creation together with critique of language and encourage radio creation with the production of short dramatizations based on the winning stories of this contest.


Groups of students from Upper Primary schools and Secondary Education in Catalonia and citizens over 16 years, individually or in groups are invited to participate.


The works should be short stories of intrigue wtitten in Catalan with a plot involving some device or use related to Information Technology and Communication (ICT).

The micro-stories should have a maximum length of 800 words (a double-spaced, two pages text in Arial 12 font).

The main title, name and surname of the author (s), email address and telephone number must be included on the first page of each work.

Participants in the Upper Primary School and Secondary Education categories must state the names of the responsible teacher and school center, together with the school level.


There are three categories:

  • Upper Primary Education.
  • Secondary Education.
  • General. Open to High School students and anyone over 16 who wants to participate.

General Category

Upper Primary Education
Photo Camera (Hewlett Packard)

Secondary Education
Video Camera (Hewlett Packard)


A selection of submitted works will be published on L’Altra ràdio website and the Co-Creating Cultures blog of La Mandarina de Newton. Winning works in each category will be adapted to radio format and will be broadcasted during June 2012 by L’Altra ràdio. This program will also include a special radio version of the micro-story written by Jordi de Manuel.

Following the competition, the Co-Creating Cultures blog of La Mandarina de Newton will initiate several co-creation proposals with the winning works. Internet users will be invited, through social networks, to create nano-stories collaboratively.

Time and place of submission

The deadline for submitted works ends on Saturday May 12, 2012

Each work must be sent separately in a text file attached to an email, to the adress:

Selection Process

Various aspects will be evaluated to select finalists and winners:

  • Literary quality of the piece of work.
  • Artistic and aesthetic treatment
  • Creativity.
  • Correct use of language.
  • Plots related with some device or use about Information Technology and Communication (ICT).

The winners of each category will be announced on Friday June 1th, in an edition of L’Altra ràdio at Radio 4.

The jury’s verdict is final.

All participants submitting their micro-story accept the rules of the ICT Case 2012 competition and its organizers state their compromise to make a non-profit use.


The jury is composed of:

  • Jordi de Manuel, writer (President).
  • Irene Lapuente, physicist and founder of La Mandarina de Newton
  • Pitu Martínez, teacher and specialist in ICT for education.
  • Cinto Niqui, journalist and director of L’Altra ràdio
Co-creation and Co-Creating Cultures!

After the competition, the website of La Mandarina de Newton will spark several proposals for co-creation, based on the winning works. During the month of June, the Internet users will be invited to co-create each week a new story starting from the first sentence of the three winning stories (one per category) and the special story written by Jordi de Manuel.

The initiative, called “To Be Continued …”, will propose participants to continue the story started from this first sentence, adding new ones. This co-creation process will take place in parallel in the Co-Creating Cultures blog, its Facebook page and its Twitter @cocreatingcult. Do not miss it!

The result will be new “nano-stories” (even shorter stories) inspired by the beginnings of the winning stories and constructed through the participation of several people. By evolving in parallel the plot across different platforms, we will get a variety of rich and interesting stories.


Photographic credits:  Olarte Ollie, Dark Botxy

Science of the City reaches Fine Arts and much more

We have been not talking too much lately about the project Science of the City. But not for lack of news. It is rather the opposite. During the last months we have been analyzing the video clips carefully closed and we started to talk with artists.

The research group imarte form the University of Barcelona (UB) has joined the project. Discussions on what a is city, what is not a city, what is science  and what is not science have already began! We have also found many references to works produced by artists that may have some connections with the video clips submitted by the participants in the Video Contest. The first artistic proposals in response to all this are starting to take shape!

Moreover, the “la Caixa” Foundation has decided to sponsor this project.

Finally, we are proud to announce that the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) has chosen it as an example of inspiring practices for scientific communication.

The science of cities has arrived from many very different towns: Barcelona, Seville, New York, San Jose, Bogota, Paris, Singapore… Many participants contributed with their videos, their comments and their votes. We tried to bring all this material to new places: universities, research centers, museums, schools, conferences… so that we could offer to all you a physical exhibition soon. We hope to meet you there!


The winners are...

It has been very hard to choose the best videos. The audiovisual quality, ingenuity, creativity, good intention, clarity and originality of the submitted pieces is very high. The Science of the City website has received almost 9,000 visits. Over 1,000 people voted for their favorite video. The Tech Virtual website and the Science of the City platforms have collected nearly 100 commments and Twitter has tweet a lot congratulating all the participants. However, the day when we get to know what videos were selected by both the public and the jury has arrived!

The awards

Best video overall (600$)

It’s why you don’t tip over and break your neck
by youraentbenjamin

Best video in English (300$)

White-topped buildings, who loves the sun? by Anna Cabré

Best video in Spanish (300$)

La asombrosa composición del átomo by Núria Jar

Best video in category: a question (150$)

City Sounds- A new source of energy? by Emily DeHority

Best video in category: an experiment (150$)

Science of the Playground by ScienceAtThePark

Best video in category: a discovery (150$)

Rozar y calentar – Rub then heat by Albert Mundet

The most voted video (150$)

La Luna en Montjuïc
by Rubén Permuy and Inés Navarro

We would love to give many more prizes and we would like to congratulate bluntpencilprod for her counting cars experiment, Arthur Carcavilla for the four videos he made ​​with the help of his students, Armine I. Dingilian for asking herself how does corn pop, Punt TIC Joves, Emily Ramos for her explanation, the group of young people in Brooklyn who have been watching their streets with a critical view and they have shown us why streets have potholes, Nuria Sala and Martí Badal, Manuel Diaz Escalera, the Universidad de los Niños and Daniel Laguna’s students. In conclusion, many thanks to all the participants and thanks for all the excitement you have shown to us!

However, the contest is not finish yet! The deadline for submitting videos in French will be open until July 19th. These days the Paris Academy of Science is running workshops to show how to do science videos in the city of Paris. Do not miss the delivery of the best video in French prize at the Paris-Montagne Science Festival in Paris.


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