Europeana Challenge - jury

Meet the jury for the #EuropeanaChallenge

We are delighted that we have four external experts to act as jury for the second #EuropeanaChallenge, dedicated to fashion. Below you can find information about the jury members' backgrounds and why they're excited to take part! The deadline for this Europeana Challenge has now closed.

Dick van Dijk

Creative Director, Waag Society

Image credit: Marco Baiwir 2009 (CC BY 4.0)

Dick van Dijk is Creative Director at Waag Society. Part of his role at Waag Society is creating interactive concepts, strategizing design research and user involvement, and monitoring the development of the actual ‘thing’. He is mostly interested in the crossover between virtual and physical interactions, in creating a narrative space, a place for imagination.

As concept developer he has worked on projects as diverse as the MuseumApp, the Storyville storytelling apps, Scottie and Operation Sigismund. He has spoken and lectured on (location based) storytelling, interaction design, playful learning and co-creation. Dick is co-author of several publications like 'Users as Designers' and 'Waarde van Verbondenheid' (Dutch), on social connectedness. He is co-author of the book 'Connect, Design for an Emphatic Society' of age-driven design.

Dick has a background in Business Economics and History of Art and is currently extending his creative skills in the context of an Arts Academy. Dick is part of the Fontys Media Lectorate/Fontys FutureMediaLab.

"The Europeana’s fashion challenge is an exciting endeavor, which connects nicely to Waag Society’s view on heritage as a ‘workingspace’, where people work freely with objects, stories and associations, to increase the cultural impact of collections and to relate those to their social context. In addition, Waag Society recently started the TextileLab Amsterdam and the Textile Academy program, exploring the possibilities of building and using open source tools and machines for the textile and clothing industry. The results of the Fashion Challenge will certainly be an inspiration to further that discussion."

Dieter Suls

Scientific Librarian, ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen/Fashion Museum Antwerp (MoMu)

Since 1999, Dieter Suls is the scientific librarian of the library of the Antwerp Fashion Museum - MoMu - one of the largest fashion libraries in Europe. He holds a master degree in Art History, Library Science and Public Management. He was also involved in the Contemporary Fashion Archive (, a former EU Culture 2000 project and Open Fashion (a project on aggregating content from different MoMu-databases, CFA and the repository of digital Masterworks students from the Antwerp Fashion Academy). He is also one of the initiators of Europeana Fashion, a CIP ICT PSP-project (objective Aggregating Content for European) in which he coordinated the Work Package on Content Aggregation and the Sustainability Plan of Europeana Fashion. Currently Dieter Suls coordinates together with the Antwerp University, a project on its Study Collection, and a project on establishing a Linked Open Data Thesaurus for Dutch/Flemish fashion heritage collections.

"As a fashion librarian, I have been busy with creating digital fashion content for diverse databases. But this should never be the final goal. It is a starting point! I am very curious to find out how our content can be used as the starting point to fuel creativity and entrepreneurship."

Marco Rendina

Technical Director of the Europeana Fashion International Association

Project manager and IT specialist, he has focused his activity mainly on innovative projects with digital cultural heritage. He has worked on various EC funded research projects in this area, like VideoActive, European Film Gateway, EUscreen, VidiVideo, HOPE, Europeana Space and Europeana Fashion. He is the co-founder and technical director of the Europeana Fashion International Association, which gathers more than 35 international fashion heritage institutions from across Europe for the valorisation and exploitation of fashion heritage online.

"In Europeana Fashion, we have established in the last four years the largest repository of digital fashion content freely available online. We would love to see and support new, innovative and crazy ways to exploit and make accessible to a broader audience this online digital treasure of fashion related objects. That's why I'm really looking forward to evaluating a lot of exciting proposals submitted to this Europeana Challenge on fashion."

Stefania Ricci

Museo Salvatore Ferragamo & Cultural and Institutional Events Director, Fondazione Ferragamo Director

A graduate of the University of Florence, holding a degree in the Humanities with an emphasis on Art History, Stefania Ricci began collaborating with the Galleria del Costume, Palazzo Pitti and with Pitti Immagine in 1984, overseeing the organisation of exhibitions and the publication of catalogues like La Sala Bianca: nascita della moda italiana (Electa) in 1992, in addition to the Emilio Pucci exhibition (Skira) for the 1996 Florence Art and Fashion Biennale.

In 1985, Ricci curated the first retrospective on Salvatore Ferragamo at Palazzo Strozzi in Florence and various stops along its tour at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (1987), the Los Angeles County Museum (1992), the Sogetsu Kai Foundation in Tokyo (1998) and Museo des Bellas Artes in Mexico City (2006), as she began organising the company’s archives. Since 1995, she has been Director of Museo Salvatore Ferragamo and oversees cultural events around the world. Since then, she has curated all the exhibitions organised by the museum and the exhibition catalogues, including Audrey Hepburn. A Woman, the Style (Leonardo Arte, 1999), Evolving Legend Salvatore Ferragamo 1928-2008 (Skira, 2009), Greta Garbo. The mystery of Style (Skira, 2010), Marilyn (Skira, 2012), The Amazing Shoemaker (Skira, 2013), Equilibrium (Skira, 2014) and A Palace and the City (Skira, 2015), Across Art and Fashion (Mandragora, 2016). She was named Director of Fondazione Ferragamo in 2013.

"I’m glad to be part of the jury for the second Europeana Challenge and really curious to find out the results of this experience. Creative people is the engine of any society, the force that ensures continuity and the future. Such occasions provide an opportunity to enhance projects that otherwise would not have visibility and at the same time enrich the whole global community."