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Socially conscious mediamakers compete for $1,000 and other prizes at Media Rise Pitch Night

November 18, 2015 by Erica Schlaikjer

“Pitch Night” kicks off 2015 Media Rise Festival weekend events


Storytellers, designers, and creatives dedicated to advancing positive social change through media are invited to participate in the  2015 Media Rise Pitch Night to be held on Friday, October 2, 2015.

Submit your proposal for a chance to showcase your project to an event audience consisting primarily of media, tech, and social innovation professionals, and the opportunity to win cash prizes and services to jumpstart your project. This year’s event will be sponsored by HugePVBLIC Foundation, Newsweek, and Cove.

The pitch proposal deadline has been extended to Monday, September 14 at 11:59 p.m. The application form is available online. Applicants must explain what cause they care about, what community they aim to serve, and what forms of media they’ll be using to create positive and lasting social or environmental change.

On the day of the event, selected candidates will pitch their idea to a distinguished panel of judges who will vote on the prize winners. Participants are eligible to receive cash awards or creative services to make their idea a reality.

This year’s Grand Prize includes:

+ $1,000 cash prize

+ one full-page color ad in Newsweek, designed by Huge

+ one-hour design/UX consultation from Huge

+ one-hour media strategy consultation from PVBLIC Foundation

+ one month free individual large plan at Cove


Friday, October 2 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)


Songbyrd 2477 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009


Storytellers, designers and creatives dedicated to advancing positive social change through media will have the opportunity to present their media projects for the opportunity to win:

  • Cash (Up to $1,000)

  • One full-page ad in Newsweek

  • Design, UX and strategy consultation

  • Membership for a neighborhood productive space with Cove

The finalists will be evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges:

  • Kate Watts, Managing Director, Huge

  • Eliane Sussman Richter, Director of Strategic Alliances, PVBLIC Foundation

  • representative from Newsweek

  • Adam Segal, CEO, Cove

  • Monica Gray, Co-Founder and President, DreamWakers & 2014 Media Rise Pitch Night Grand Prize Winner

The audience will also cast their vote on what project to fund with a People’s Choice Award, using a portion of the money pooled from the price of admission.


Tickets($20) to attend Pitch Night + Doc-in-a-Day may be purchased online at

The call for Pitch Night submissions is now open, through Monday, September 14.


Learn more about last year’s Grand Prize winner DreamWakers.

The Pitch Night event will be followed by the screening and awards ceremony for Doc-in-Day, presented in partnership with Stone Soup Films.

Please contact Pitch Night Coordinator Suzannah Simmons <> with questions.

Media Rise is a global nonprofit volunteer-driven alliance that connects people and ideas to promote meaningful media.

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