I’m still trying to get my head around Kitchen Budapest. This facility, also known as ‘KIBU,’ describes itself as “a new media lab for young researchers who are interested in the convergence of mobile communication, online communities and urban space and are passionate about creating experimental projects in cross-disciplinary teams.” I guess what surprises me the most is that it’s located in Hungary.
It used to be the tradition here that nearly any young Hungarian with ambition and talent would leave the country to seek their fortune. Not only does KIBU offer opportunities at home, but they also offer guest residencies to foreigners.
The other shocker is that Kitchen Budapest is funded by Magyar Telekom – apparently with few strings attached.