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  • Writer's pictureSrivi Ramasubramanian

Save the Date: 2014 Media Rise Festival

The 2014 Media Rise Festival is a weeklong series of events in Washington, D.C. that celebrates the power of storytelling, art and design to make the world a better place.

Save the date: September 22-28, 2014.


MONDAY, September 22 – FRIDAY, September 26

/various times

COMMUNITY EVENTS, independently organized workshops, panel talks, exhibits and performances, held at multiple locations by multiple partners across the city.

/various times

UNPLUGGED SPACES, to unwind and recharge, without the distractions of laptops, cell phones or other digital devices.


NETWORKING LOUNGES, providing in-person conversations to deepen relationships and share resources about media for social impact.

FRIDAY, September 26

/7:30pm – 9pm

PITCH NIGHT, an evening showcase, giving media creators a chance to give their pitches and proposals in captivating 3-minute presentations, for a chance to win cash prizes from supportive funders and donors.

/9pm – 2am

PARTY!, hosted against a beautiful backdrop of meaningful visual art and music contributed by cause-oriented creatives.

SATURDAY, September 27

/9am – 5pm

FORUM, a daylong series of talks, presentations and workshops, convening people who are passionate about creating positive change through media. The forum is designed for information-sharing on case studies, best practices, and requests for collaboration in the media and social impact sectors.

Session Topics:

Health & Wellness

Environmental Sustainability

Hollywood & Entertainment

News & Journalism

/6pm – 9pm

DINNER PARTY, an invite-only gathering over food, drink and music, created especially for our speakers, sponsors, partners and volunteers.

SUNDAY, September 28

/10am – 12pm

EARLY RISE BRUNCH, a networking event for storytellers, designers, scholars and social innovators to cultivate strategic relationships that further their collective reach and impact.

/2pm – 6pm

YOUTH MEDIA RISE, a festival-within-a-festival for youth (ages 13 to 18), media educators and engaged parents. It includes hands-on workshops, performances, studio spaces, a visual art showcase, and interactive lounges to enhance the curiosity and creative expression of young people in meaningful ways. Workshops for educators focus on digital media literacy and use of innovative technologies for amplifying youth voices.

Educator Sessions:

Environmental Awareness & Sustainability

Creativity, Innovation and Youth Advocacy

Youth Workshops:

Music & Spoken Word

Dance & Movement

Art & Graphic Design

/6:30pm – 8pm

48-HOUR VIDEO CHALLENGE, a weekend competition, inviting filmmakers to create high-impact, high-quality videos for local nonprofits in just two days. The challenge concludes with a film screening, including an awards ceremony, to acknowledge the winning filmmakers.

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