Cannes Contenders: R/GA Sydney

How will Asia Pacific perform at Cannes this year? In the lead up to the Festival, Campaign Brief Asia will be showcasing the work we hope will impress the judges...

MercurialSpeedRoomStatic1 (1).jpgNike: Mercurial Speed Room
R/GA Sydney

Nike engineered the Mercurial Superfly boot with one thing in mind: explosive speed. Every component was created to work in concert towards the singular goal of unleashing a player's full speed potential. To celebrate the launch, we wanted to connect with football obsessed teens in an authentic way and give them an opportunity to trial the much anticipated boot. So we created an innovative pop-up experience that seamlessly fused a physical environment with digital media in real time. We built a custom three-story structure where over 100 emerging stars were invited to trial the boot in head-to-head speed battles in front of thousands of spectators at the biggest football event of the year - Australia versus Greece, at Sydney's Olympic stadium. Their every move was tracked with 3D cameras and sensors, while times were benchmarked against the fastest footballer in Australia, Mathew Leckie. Online, the competition ran as a live ad on YouTube, showcasing each battle in real time and giving a first glimpse of the Nike Mercurial Superfly in action.
GoogleTheVoiceStatic2 (1).jpgGoogle App: The Voice
R/GA Sydney

The Google App is the ultimate tool for a mobile world, but millennials had yet to break their browser habit. The key to getting people to use the app was to demonstrate its utility in relevant moments. So we partnered with The Voice, a TV show that draws over 1.15m viewers per episode, which millennials often watch while second screening on their mobiles, and created ways for the app to enhance the experience. We bought media spots during ad breaks and commented on events as they happened through the lens of the Google App. And we gave fans a reason to try it out by voting for their favourite artists within the app for the first time.

Google-ThroughTheDark-StaticLightDark1 (1).jpgGoogle Play Music: Through the Dark
R/GA Sydney

A collaboration between hip-hop legends The Hilltop Hoods and Google Play Music, this interactive music video captures the sense of a world turned upside down experienced by band member Dan Smith as his son underwent leukemia treatment. Two complete 3D environments rendered in code (dark representing fear, light for hope) are navigable by rotating phones or moving a mouse, and each listen generates a donation to Canteen in support young people living with cancer. The work translates a moving personal journey into a powerful digital experience that fans can share while contributing to a cause close to the artist's heart.

We are inviting agencies to showcase your agency's best chances at Cannes this year. Open to all Asian based agencies entering Cannes this year. Just email kim@campaignbrief.com with a paragraph or two on each of your best chances at this year's festival. Include a link to the case study/TVC or supply jpegs if it is print.

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