Deadline: October 30, 2022

Are you interested in using extended reality (XR) technology like virtual reality or augmented reality to develop new narratives on World Heritage sites in Southern and Eastern Africa? Electric South, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) invite you to apply and participate in the new World Heritage Futures Lab: Southern and Eastern Africa Edition.

The “World Heritage Futures Lab: Southern and Eastern Africa Edition” has been conceived as part of “The Next 50”, a year-long interdisciplinary reflection on the future of World Heritage organized in the context of the 50th-anniversary celebrations of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. The aim of the project is to ensure an increased appreciation and understanding of the rich World Heritage in Southern and Eastern Africa. It will harness XR technology to develop and disseminate new narratives, and engage digital content and products on World Heritage sites in the two regions.


  • All flights, accommodation, meals, visa costs, and ground transport costs are covered by the programme.
  • They are looking for creative technologists from each of the eligible countries. The creative technologists will work with community representatives living in and around World Heritage sites selected by Electric South and UNESCO.
  • Applicants must be citizens or residents of Botswana, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • They are looking for creative technologists, immersive media artists, and/or developers who have experience using and creating extended reality (XR) projects that utilize the medium for innovative and creative storytelling.
  • They particularly encourage applicants from identities that have been historically under-supported or underrepresented within the fields of heritage, art, and technology to apply, including those who are disabled, women, youth, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and others.


  • Interested participants with the outlined qualifications should submit their application no later than Sunday, 30th October 2022
  • All applicants will be notified of the outcome by Friday, November 4th, 2022.
  • Successful applicants will be expected to participate in a residential lab in Cape Town, South Africa, from Tuesday, December 6 — Thursday, December 8, 2022.

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