SNF New Media Lab
The SNF New Media Lab is a leading innovator of online and mobile solutions for the education and cultural sectors.
Over the past 15 years, Greek and Canadian developers working in the Lab have produced applications covering a vast array of subjects and topics, from online applications for Canadian universities to products for the Greek tourism sector. A key speciality of the Lab is online and mobile language education for Modern Greek. Its proprietary Odysseas technology has also been used for French, Italian, Arabic, as well as for the teaching and preservation of 13 critically-endangered First Nations languages in Western Canada.
The Lab’s most recent project is perhaps its most ambitious. Thanks to a significant grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Lab has embarked on a two-year project called Rebooting the Greek Language. This initiative brings together revolutionary pedagogy with cutting-edge technologies, to the preservation of the Modern Greek language in the Diaspora, for generations to come.
Developed in partnership with the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organization, the Amazing Athens app was the first officially recognized mobile tourism app for the city of Athens. The app covered the most popular sites and attractions of the Greek capital and was the first in a series of mobile applications that allows visitors to discover and better explore the rich cultural heritage and natural treasures of Athens. The app originally launched for both iOS or Android devices.
The SNF New Media Lab launched a series of apps to re-engage a new generation with Greece’s lost Jewish legacy. The history of Greece’s Jewish communities is a long but tragic one, stretching back to St. Paul the evangelist’s first century visit. Once large and thriving, these communities, like many other centres in Europe, were tragically affected by the Holocaust and now only a small number remain. This project attempts to bring to life the communities of Thessaloniki, Hania, and Ioannina through virtual tours and geolocating technologies that allow users to step back in time and see the Jewish presence projected on the modern cityscape. These mobile apps are available for download for iOS devices and were developed in partnership with the Embassies of Canada and Israel to Greece, the German Consulate to Thessaloniki, and others.