The "Creative Economy" is the best known term for cultural and creative industries, which includes activities as diverse as architecture, audiovisual arts, fashion, crafts and music. In 2015, this sector generated more than US$124 million and jobs for more than 1.9 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to data from the Inter-American Development Bank, and it continues to grow. The IDEATHON PROPANAMA initiative was established in response to the challenges that the producer/exporter sector is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a collective call to action to devise solutions that strengthen the development of creative industries as an agent of national development, generating new export products and services for our country. Panama City has been named "Creative City in Gastronomy" by UNESCO ( and the country is in the process of formulating CREA EN PANAMA 2030, the National Program of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development 2030, with the support of UNESCO and the European Union, which includes strategic projection, improvement of legislation and the articulation of the diverse public and private actors (https://en.,  promoting the development of products and services arising from this important sector that not only promotes the recovery of cultural traditions, but also allows the creation of new ways to serve artistic expressions , through the integration of technology into creative processes. If you are an artist, an entrepreneur or you support and enjoy artistic and cultural expressions, help us with your ideas.  We are looking for those projects that allow artists to live successfully from their art and contribute with their ideas to the economic and social development of the country and the improvement of the quality of life..


Everyone is invited to present ideas to address the challenges facedby artists who want to live off their art and contribute to the economy with income andjobs. Creative ideas from all over the world are welcome! Tell us ideas that have been successful in your country or new creative ideas that boost artistic activities and develop the sectors described below.


Help our artists, painters, designers, chefs, writers and institutions that promote culture, live from their artistic expressions and rescue our folklor. We are inviting all  entrepreneurs, local and international,  to find solutions that support,promote or promote the development of the creative industries.. With your ideas you can win a $10,000.00 grand prize courtesy of our sponsor TRISTAR PICTURES.


  • Anyone with a well-conceived and well-articulated idea relevant to Panama’s creative sector can submit a proposal.
  • The CLICK TO SUBMIT YOUR IDEA button will be activated on Aug 10 2020 for you to register and submit your proposal.
  • On Sep 7 2020, the button will be de-activated and submissions will be closed.
  • Submissions that are incomplete or not received on time will not be valid.
  • Valid submissions will be evaluated by the Grand Jury and results published on this website and all PROPANAMA social media networks.

  • PROPANAMA will contact the winners to receive their prizes.



MONDAY, AUGUST 10 8:00am PROPANAMA  IDEATHON opens for proposals.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER  7 12:00am Midnight is the deadline for submissions. 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 The Grand Jury draws up a list of finalists.  ?

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 Finalists present their ideas on live video to the Grand Jury.

TUESDAY,  SEPTEMBER 22 Virtual Grand Gala to announce and celebrate winners in each category and a grand prize PROPANAMA IDEATHON winner.


Dana Al Salem

Graduated from the AUP and the Parsons School of Design as Summa Cum Laude in Art History and Multimedia Design. He mistook CLockwork, an award-winning Stockholm-based agency that built the first interactive online platforms. He co-founded Yahoo! Europe and implemented the deployment of 40 online services for local European territories. In 2007, Dana founded FanFactory Ltd, a technology agency that focuses on predictive audience analysis, lead generation and consumer intelligence. Between 2016 and 2019, I created innovation-based programs with the governments of India, Azerbaijan and Abu Dhabi, covering entrepreneurship, tourism and cybersecurity.  Grand Jury Member of the World Summit Awards, UN affiliate, MIT Pan Arab and BlooMMasters. Global speaker established in innovation and technology. She is a virgin voice for OBE Tracy Edward's Maiden Voyage, whose mission is to provide education to young women around the world..  

Catherine Warren

Catherine Warren is a digital innovation and economic development leader, who works with companies, governments and investors on community-building and growth strategies. She has served as the CEO of both the Vancouver Economic Commission and Canada's Centre for Digital Media. The founder of FanTrust Entertainment Strategies and a pioneer in fan-building, Catherine has led two decades of digital engagement and transformation for global entertainment clients in TV, film, video games and eSports. Prior to founding FanTrust, Catherine was COO of a broadcast tech company that she and co-founders took public on the Nasdaq, growing it to a $300M market cap. Catherine is a member of the international Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, serving on the Nominating Committee and as an Emmy judge. Catherine has a physics degree from Reed College and an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Rudy Laddaga

He was recognized by the World Summit Award (WSA), a UN initiative to bridge the digital divide, as an Expert in Digital Content for Mexico.  He was chosen by Expansión magazine as the "Entrepreneur of the Year" and later as a spokesman for Latin America. He participated in WSA with a project that was the winner of the best electronic content in the world in the culture category. The following year he was again awarded, this time in the entertainment category.  Grear Gnius Club, the first digital innovation laboratory for children, with a unique platform, content and digital innovation program. This effort was recognized in Vienna, when Gnius Club was awarded as the best digital innovation in the world in the Education category.

Dominic Watkins

Dominic Watkins is the founder and creative director of, a multi-award-winning motion design boutique based in Singapore.  Originally based in the UK, Dominic moved to Asia in 2005. His company has collaborated with major networks in the region including Turner, Disney, NBCUniversal, Fremantle Media and BBC Worldwide producing branded content for their channels.  He has won multiple awards for his creative work on both a regional and global scale with his eye for detail and exceptional depth of experience in the field.

Christian Blaze

CChristian Blaze is a Salvadoran/Canadian filmmaker and technologist. In 2003, Christian starred in and co-directed "SPANK" a short film that screened in over 20 film festivals in 2004/2005 and was broadcast on television during an episode of "ZeD TV". At age 26, Christian co-directed and co-produced "Alien Agenda: Project Grey", a film released in 2007 and distributed in Japan, Russia, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and the USA. Christian has VFX Supervised various projects, including; 60 VFX shots for the film "Switch" (2013) starring Andy Lau, David Rosenthal's thriller "A Single Shot" (2013) starring Sam Rockwell, and the 4D flying theater films "FlyOver Canada" (2013) and "FlyOver America" (2016).  Christian also worked as a VFX artist on 23 episodes of Warner Brother's hit TV series "Supernatural" (2013-2014).  Most recently, Christian has been experimenting and developing Virtual Reality and block-chain technology. .

Darren Agnew

A veteran creative professional with expertise in channel branding, motion design and visual effects production, Agnew has over three decades of experience working with many of the most reputable and successful ad agencies, broadcasters and corporations on the planet. In his current role as creative director of DADA (Darren Agnew Design & Animation), the company he founded in 2005, Agnew has been commissioned by an impressive roster of clients including: Wieden + Kennedy, BBC, Africa MediaWorks, ESPN, Viacom, AMC Networks, Transport for London, Sky Arts, Channel 4 News, Harrods and Harvey Nicols.

Omar Alfano

Panamanian singer-songwriter Omar Alfanno, winner of the Latin Grammy and Member of the Latin Composers Hall of Fame since 2014, has been recognized four times as "Composer of the Year" by the American Society of Composers (ASCAP). Current Cultural Ambassador of the Republic of Panama, philanthropist and odontologist.He has composed more than 500 hits that have been recorded by more than 200 international artists such as: Shakira, Marc Anthony, Alejandro Sanz, Gilberto Santarosa, Ricky Martin, Jerry Rivera, Fonseca, Tommy Torres, Thalia, Farruko, among many others..

Juan Melillo

President of the National Museum for Contemporary Art of Panama and Vice President of the National Bank of Panama..  

Gerardo Neugovse

Gerardo Neugovsen is a specialist in Creative Economy and Creative and Cultural Industries. He works as a researcher, consultant and teacher at the international level, having an extensive track record of more than 30 years advising governments, academia and individuals in the development of processes, projects and training proposals in this sector.  .  

Romulo Castro

Romulo Castro is a well-known Panamanian composer and producer, with more than 25 years of experience in the communication, marketing, advertising and creative industries. Latin GRAMY winning composer, has worked with local and international artists of global fame. He has been an Advisor to governments and institutions such as CAF, IDB, World Bank and professor at important Universities such as Massey University, University of New Zealand and Northridge. California State University, among others. .

Marie Claire Fontaine de Bueno.

Marie Claire Fontaine de Bueno is a famous producer, manager and developer of content related to the Creative Industry and Design. Pioneer of the Creative Industries in Panama, annually develops the Panama Fashion Week. 

Lázaro Israel Rodríguez

Lázaro Israel Rodríguez is a consultant for international, national, urban and local institutions on cultural policies and the creative economy for sustainable development. He has 15 years of experience in Latin America and the Caribbean with multiple agencies and institutions, such as UNESCO, UNDP, the Inter-American Development Bank, and national cooperation agencies including the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development. 

Arjun Bahl

With over 18 years of experience, Arjun is an established name in Indian entertainment arena and has executed some of the best entertainment experiences in India. He sees himself as a passionate creative entrepreneur with a vibrant and diverse portfolio. In 2014, Arjun co-founded St+art India Foundation, a non-profit, urban art initiative that provides a collaborative platform for the best contemporary artists from around the world to create public art in India. This inspiring, first ever public art festival promotes the idea of “Art For ALL” in the Indian landscape. Over the past 5 years, the foundation has organized over 16 St+art festivals across major urban cities of India. In 2019, St+art inaugurated the Lodhi Art District: the first-ever public art district in India: 6 others are in pipeline. The Foundation works with the Central Govt on Art Policy, Urban Planning and Smart City Projects as well. In 2015, Arjun was initiated into a partnership with Guerrilla Art & Design which is an award winning underground design and communication agency working and consulting with the top companies in the business landscape. Arjun also cofounded XXL Collective, that curates, designs and produces art for private  commissions, brands and institutional places. ?. 

John Penney

John Penney is a Chief Strategy Officer, Business Development, and Strategic Partnerships Executive.  His areas of expertise include developing new businesses, business model innovation, growth opportunities, product innovation, business model innovation, direct-to-consumer business models, and content economics.  He has held senior executive positions with 20th Century Fox, Starz, IMG, HBO, Scient, and Viacom.  John helped launch and was Chairman of Starz Play Arabia, the largest subscription content service in the Middle East and North Africa.  He serves on the Executive Board of the Consumer Technology Association, which stages CES, the annual innovation show in Las Vegas.  He is also a Board member of London-based Horse & Country TV, a multi-platform media company dedicated to horse sport and related country lifestyle activities.  Before working in media, entertainment, and technology, John was an equity research analyst with Sanford Bernstein. John holds a BA in Social Psychology from Wesleyan University and an MPA with a concentration in Science & Technology Policy from Columbia University. He also is credentialed as a Project Management Professional (PMPÒ).  John lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

Carlos Abler 

Carlos Abler is an enterprise digital transformation leader, content strategist, award-winning content producer, customer experience and business innovation strategist, and thought leader on how to connect sustainability and social impact to business via the combination of social innovation and content marketing. Carlos has 22 years of experience in digital content and application strategy; 12 years experience as an enterprise digital transformation consultant; 35years of experience in theater direction, performance, and public speaking; 20 years of experience in event conception and execution; 15 years of experience in focus on the Internet as a platform of human empowerment; 35 years of experience as a researcher and educator in fields combining cultural theory, psychology, the history of religions, history, marketing and business, and various anthropological areas of focus.  Most recently, Carlos was Leader of Content Marketing Strategy at 3M. Carlos’ clients and teaching venues include, Columbia University MFA Department for Theater Direction, University of MN and Michigan Departments of Public Health, Gyuto Tantric University, Concordia University, The History Channel, Smithsonian Institution, Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest, 3M, Microsoft, and General Mills ?

Omar López

Graduated in Economics from the CIDE in 1999. He left his PhD studies in economics at the University of Chicago to join a digital signage company with some friends.  They later sold it to CIE, the largest live entertainment group in Latin America, with companies such as OCESA and the Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix.  After the sale of the company, Omar remained with CIE as Commercial Director of the group's special events company and was subsequently promoted to Key Account Director for the entire Corporate, from where he coordinated CIE's relationship with its main business partners. In January 2013 he changed his role to CIE's Strategic Planning Director, where he supported the Group's growth efforts and new business. From January 2015 to December 2017, he was General Director of CMI, a subsidiary of América Móvil, responsible for the monetization of Grupo Carso's advertising inventories. From January 2018 to date he is responsible for Marketing and New Businesses of OCESA, the most important concert promoter in Mexico and Latin America, number 3 worldwide. He is in charge of companies such as Ticketmaster in Mexico.. 

Julie Stafford

Julie Stafford is an Australian household name. Over two decades, Julie wrote 22 healthy-eating cookbooks (one holding the title for the most successful health cookbook ever published in Australia. Her books have sold more than 2.2 million copies globally). Julie is recognised as having changed a generation’s eating habits in the 80’s and 90’s. Her cookbooks, along with a self-help title she wrote, put her on the lucrative speaker’s circuit where she has presented to over 1500 community and corporate groups speaking about health and motivation topics. Julie’s husband Bruce was challenged by cancer twice in their love story. When Bruce lost his battle with mesothelioma, in 2006, Julie became passionate about cancer research and was recently awarded a Governorship for services to cancer research fundraising at the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute, in regional Australia, where she was responsible for donations to the centre, exceeding $1,500,000 Julie resides in Melbourne, Australia. She has two children (Timothy (40), a property valuer and Cais (38), a classically trained singer: and 3 gorgeous grandchildren. Julie recently began a new business venture called ‘Publish to Profit’ supporting those who want to write a book and publish it in the digital age. Julie also curates’ tours in Morocco and runs writing courses in Melbourne, Croatia and online. ?

Michael Olsen 

Michael Olsen brings more than 40 years of combined experience in entertainment and finance to his role as Co-CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Tristar Global Entertainment, Inc. Within the last 15 years, he has made his mark in development and production of over 30 individual media properties. He is the co-creator of the Tristar Global Entertainment Inc, business model, and provides proven leadership to the organization; including the Tristar Media Investment Fund, LLC, Tristar Capital and Tristar Film Finance. Today, Tristar is a full-scale virtual studio with a far-reaching international media campaign.  His combined efforts with Mr. Jackson have driven the organization’s recent expansion into the Middle East, and brought additional opportunities in Latin America, Southeast Asia and India. 

Giovanni Jackson

Giovanni Jackson has dedicated over 30 years to the production side of media.  His depth of experience as a developer, creator, performer, financier and producer makes him an asset as the Co-CEO and Chief Creative Officer to the Tristar Global Entertainment, Inc. team.  Deep industry connections to A-list directors, producers, agents, talent and financiers including as a principal of True Fiction Films which had produced IRobot and Catch Me if You Can, Mr. Jackson a true entertainment insider.  Those relationships expand to music, film, television and multimedia. He has written or produced songs for some of today’s most recognizable artists and produced several notable feature films. His particular passion is to bring high quality media and entertainment education to talented ethnic minority youth. Mr. Jackson is a member of the Grammy Foundation, Producers Guild, Screen Actors Guild, and the Motion Picture Association of America.  ?

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