mix & mash

Getting started

Mix & Mash is not currently running, but the tips below will be useful for any remix or mashup that you may have planned in the future!

Here are some helpful tips for getting started:

1. Don't forget to read the rules

It's definitely worth reading the rules before going too far. There is a simple version to get you started, and looking over them now may save you heartache later.

2. Visit the Schools page

There are great prizes and opportunities for primary, secondary and tertiary students who enter Mix and Mash. Visit the 'Schools' section of the website for all the details.

3. Get some inspiration!

Browse through the halls of Mix & Mash fame. 2013's May Showcase stories, August Showcase stories, November Showcase stories, 2011 competition winners, and the 2010 competition winners show excellent remix and mashup skills.

And you won’t regret checking out Graham Jenson’s Mihimihi story from the May Showcase:


"I present this as a description of where I came from, in an attempt to understand who I am. This is the story of my ancestors, my family, and therefore the story of me."

4. Use the help guides

For remix stories, you can read the Free to mix guide and this remixed schools guide from Creative Commons Aotearoa NZ. They are written for teachers, but include general help for with dealing with copyright, and some quick tips for the digital storytelling, photo remix, and infographic stories.

For those dipping into more technical styles of storytelling, we have a Beginners Guide to Mashup for Mix & Mash 2011 (with thanks to the Charities Commission for sponsoring its development).

5. Consider which tools to use

You can use any program or tools to create your submission, and there many free services out there. If you’re a newbie to remix and mashup, here are some places to start.

Windows Movie Maker: free to download to Windows
Apple iMovie: free on some Apple computers
YouTube Video Editor
Vimeo Enhancer: add music to your video

Pixlr: free online photo editor
Fotoflexer: distort and retouch photos online
GIMP: open source photo-editing program, it’s free to download to your computer
Slideshare: make a presentation

Audacity: a free-to-download, open source software for recording, editing, and converting the file type of sound

Visualy: telling stories with data
Infogr.am: creative interactive infographics

6. Join the Google Group

We have a Google Group set up to help with communication. If you are working on a submission, sign up so you can get in touch with others. Please ask if you need help or advice for anything. The Mix and Mash organisers are the first to admit they don't have all the answers, but the other smart folk taking part just might.

7. Think about how to make your story available

All submissions have to be available publicly online for our judges to access. There are many different ways to do this and it depends on the format of your work. If you’re not sure about where to host your work, try one of these.

The DigitalNZ Kete

If your submission is a web application, you could investigate:

Compute Cloud

Wherever you decide to post your work, you should include your licence statement and content and/or data sources. Look over the “Authorised Materials” and “Intellectual Property” sections of our rules for more information.