Research has always been a central part of USEUM and the last few months we have been working intensively on the development of an innovative application that has the potential to help museums and galleries address the ever-increasing financial challenges they are facing, whilst enabling the dissemination of art beyond the walls of the museum.
Foteini Valeonti, founder of USEUM, had the honour to be interviewed by WEgate, a network promoting women's entrepreneurship in Europe. The interview, which can be found below, was also promoted by the Enterprise Europe Network!
With a background in computer science and interactive digital media, Foteini Valeonti started USEUM during her PhD studies at University College London under the title ‘Making Art more Accessible with Crowdsourcing’. The project benefitted from seed-funding and it is the first-ever crowdsourced art museum. Today, it employs 14 people and WEgate wanted to know how it all started.
USEUM’s Founder and Managing Director Foteini Valeonti presented the company and its mission of making art easily accessible, by utilising crowdsourcing and gamification. The presentation was very well received with people tweeting about it!
Access to images of paintings has always been a complex matter, however with constantly more museums releasing their collections to the Public Domain, we were able to simplify access to all these works of art. For the first time, USEUM makes it easy to search, browse and obtain Public Domain paintings, all in one platform.