This week, Jan Marcinek from Czech Republic launched his crowdsourcing platform, Visionnaire.co. Why do I blog about this? Because I have interviewed Jan for my thesis a couple of times in the past, and discovered a passionate and talented young man who wanted other creatives to get the same opportunities than he got. Jan, alias Kryspin, is indeed a successful crowdsourcing participant, and wanted to launch a local platform in the Czech Republic. Now, he did just that. Here’s a short Q&A with Jan.
Jan, could you present yourself?
My name is Jan Marcinek, and I studied film school in Pisek, a little town in the Czech Republic, where I also learned screenwriting and directing. After graduation, I was looking for a job, but it’s always difficult in the Czech Republic to find a job in the film industry, because there are a lot of film schools. You know, filmmaking is a freelancer job, so sometimes you have time to make something different or some videos just for yourself. That’s how I found eYeka and tried to make some videos for contests, because it is interesting for me and a lot of other people.
I was lucky and won some competitions, which is good for me because it’s easier to tell bosses that I won this contest, that I was in Hong Kong, Kenya and so on just because some companies liked my videos. People look at me in different ways right now, which is very good. And I now work at Havas Worldwide Prague, the biggest agency in the Czech Republic, and I work as a copywriter.
When, and how, did you start participating in online contests?
I think it was 3 or 4 years ago, I found the portfolio of one guy in the Czech Republic, and he won one competition on eYeka. So I looked up eYeka and discovered the platform, I registered, made a first video, and another video… Making videos is a dream for me, I enjoy it. So I did a couple of competitions and one day, I think it was for Digital Banking, I won a prize. It was perfect for me, because at that time I didn’t have a job and I could buy myself an Apple computer to improve my creative skills.
So after that I did different competitions, like for Air Asia and Kempinski. These were one-month competitions, and after 2 days I discovered that I won in both these competitions, so it was very funny for me, because I could combine Kempinski Hotel stays and Air Asia flights. I was in Dubai, and Hong Kong. It was a great success right from the start!
Why did you start Visionnaire.co?
Because a lot of people in the Czech Republic didn’t know about co-creation, and they don’t know what it is about. I think it’s good to bring concepts that work elsewhere in the world, to the Czech Republic. I would like to bring co-creation here, because I think there are a lot of film schools, art schools, and it is hard to succeed in the Czech Republic, so I think co-creation could help them. Because eYeka helped me, why can’t I help someone else?
It is hard for creatives to succeed in the Czech Republic, and I think co-creation can help them
So this project has been started two years ago, and I work on it in my free time. And I am also working for the Young Lions Competition, from the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival. I met a lot of young creative people there, and as I was making interviews with them, I found out that none of them had heard about the competition before they came there, it’s strange because we make a lot of advertising about this, and a lot of people don’t know that they can join, meet clients, make entries and win Golden Lions, which is like an Oscar for advertising.
So that is why I created Visionnaire.co, to make people look for opportunities by joining some contests themselves. And, you know, I like details: That’s why I used the Visionnaire.co domain – it’s based on the co-creation word.
The end of the “Visionnaire.co” domain name comes from the word “co-creation”
So, tell me, what does Visionnaire.co start with?
I’m happy and proud that Visionnaire is public with a first online contest for Komercni Banka, the Czech Société Générale. People have to make video or print for the G2 bank account which is targeting a young target audience. The winner will get 30,000 CZK, approximately 1,000 Euros, and a Louskacek Award.
Thank you Jan, and good luck with Visionnaire.co, a competition website for creative people to show their talent!