Pooling Ideas is now officially closed for 2009! For information on the finalists and winners see here.

The Creative Commons Clinic, Creative Commons Australia, ABC Pool and the Ideas Festival invite you to take part in a festival of collaborative innovation – and win fabulous prizes while you’re at it!

Pooling Ideas is now officially closed for 2009! For information on the finalists and winners see here.

2-23 March 2009.

Join Pool and get uploading (and downloading).

What’s happening?
Digital technology has changed the way we create and share our ideas. A world of music, literature, art and video is now available at our fingertips, and it’s all ours to play with, remix and manipulate. But what does this mean for our ideas of creativity and originality, yours and mine?

Over the next few weeks, we invite you to creatively interpret the theme We are what we share, and upload your creation to Pool. It’s free and there are no time limits or format requirements. Just tag your work we are what we share when you upload.

Mash up a film, tweak an artwork, remix a poem. It can be as simple as changing the colours in a photograph or as complex as remixing hundreds of different sounds into a single song.

The entry judged best by the panel of experts wins an internship with ABC Radio National to co-produce an episode of the Night Air. Select entries will be showcased at the Ideas Festival and on the Pool and Creative Commons Australia websites, and discussed at the Ideas We are what we share seminar at the State Library of Queensland on Saturday 28 March, 5-6.30pm.

Where do I get material to remix?
You can remix anything. But for it to be legal, you usually have to be the copyright owner, or have their permission. This is where Creative Commons comes in. With over 160 million different images, sounds, films and written works available on websites from Flickr to ccMixter, Creative Commons is a great source of material that can be legally remixed.

Where to start? You can find a lot of legally remixable material on Pool, or by using the Creative Commons Search engine. Or for more information about finding and using Creative Commons material, see our Pooling Ideas info pack.

Want some inspiration?
Here are some great examples of collaborative works, that are all free for remixing:

All entries must:

Entries will be judged on originality, creativity and appropriateness to theme.


  • The winner gets the fabulous trophy pictured, as well as an internship with ABC Radio National to co-produce the Night Air with John Jacobs
  • The top 3 entries receive a Creative Commons prize pack, including a USB chock full of remixable material
  • All participants will receive a certificate of participation

For more information contact the Creative Commons Australia or Pool teams.