Digital Communities

18 Days in Egypt

Price: Anerkennung - Honorary Mentions

18 Days in Egypt is Yasmin Elayat, Jigar Mehta, Mohamed ElShinnawy and Emerge Technology. Yasmin (co-creator) is a Senior Software Developer and Interaction Designer, previously with award-winning interaction design firm Potion Design. Jigar Mehta (co-creator) is a video journalist previously with The New York Times, with over a decade of experience in visual storytelling. Mohamed ElShinnawy (Technical Lead) is a Senior Software Engineer with a decade of experience. Mohamed co-founded the technical partner Emerge Technology who specialize in HTML5, iOS & Android, contributing to projects for top media companies like 20th Century Fox, Apple, Lionsgate & Sony Pictures Entertainment.


Cyberarts 2012 - International Compendium Prix Ars Electronica 2012

18 Days In Egypt is a collaborative documentary project to collect stories of the revolution and current events related to Egypt using social media fragments from tweets, to Facebook photos and posts, to Youtube videos, and photos. 18 Days In Egypt aims to capture the events of the revolution in an interactive documentary website that everyone can access now and in the future. It empowers Egyptians to preserve the incredible social media they have created—their on-the-ground, eye-witness accounts—and to add their voice to a story that is incredibly important to the world and its quotient of human freedom in these early years of the 21st century. 

In the 18 days of the uprising, Egyptians by the thousands did what previous revolutionaries could not do: they personally documented their revolution, as it unfolded, on thousands of personal devices. They not only witnessed history—they recorded it. 18 Days in Egypt is an interactive documentary project that tells the story of the revolution, minute by minute, using these personal accounts. We want Egyptians to tell this story themselves, with their footage, their photos, their e-mails, their texts, their tweets and status updates—all created during the 18 days of the revolution. 

Our team, based in Cairo and Silicon Valley, has already begun to create a unique social media space to gather and preserve thousands of media fragments from the revolution. Once sourced, the footage and associated stories will live in a searchable central archive on our interactive website