PILOT Innovation Challenge Winners

PILOT Innovation Challenge

PILOT is calling on all entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and creative thinkers to submit their ideas for accelerating broadcast innovation in the first annual PILOT Innovation Challenge.

Official Challenge Rules

What is the Challenge Question?

How might local television and radio broadcasters engage their communities with next generation content on any device, whether big, small or moving?

When working together, content and technology can create experiences that serve our local communities. We’re looking for engaging content that evolves with technology. What sort of technology are we thinking? It could be anything! TVs, radios, tablets, mobile phones, computers, wearables, VR devices, gaming systems, even an IoT kitchen sink! Or it could be something new that is waiting for someone like you to develop.

What do I need to do?

All you have to do is submit your idea that clearly addresses the challenge question. Key judging criteria will include:

  • Value to Audience: How valuable is the concept to the audience?
  • Value to Broadcasters: How valuable is the concept to broadcasters?
  • Viability: How likely is it that this concept could support itself and turn a profit?
  • Feasibility: How well thought out is the concept implementation?
  • Originality and Creativity: How unique, original and creative is this concept?

Anyone who submits an entry will receive a free Core Package registration for NAB Show New York and an Exhibits Pass registration for NAB Show.

Then what?

Submissions will be judged by a diverse panel of experts from the broadcast, venture capital, academic and tech industries. Submissions will be narrowed down to 10 semifinalists by the end of September. Then, a smaller panel of judges will select the top three finalists.

What if I win?

If your solution is selected as one of the top three that best addresses the challenge topic, you are a winner! In addition to prize money to help you get your idea off the ground, the PILOT Innovation Challenge winners will receive relevant mentorship, access to key broadcast executives and unmatched exposure at industry conferences.

What if I have questions?

We are here to help! You can contact challenge@nabpilot.org for more information.

$20,000

First Place

Present your idea at NAB Futures and be featured at NAB Show NY

Mentorship from broadcast industry

Futures Park booth at 2017 NAB Show

$15,000

Second Place

Present your idea at NAB Futures and be featured at NAB Show NY

Mentorship from broadcast industry

Futures Park booth at 2017 NAB Show

$10,000

Third Place

Present your idea at NAB Futures and be featured at NAB Show NY

Mentorship from broadcast industry

Futures Park booth at 2017 NAB Show

Key Dates

Challenge Launch

June 21, 2016

Challenge Launch

Submissions Close

September 23, 2016

Submissions Close

All submissions are due by 5:00 pm on September 23.

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Top 10 Semi-finalists Notified

October 3, 2016

Top 10 Semi-finalists Notified

A large, diverse panel of experts from the broadcast, venture capital, media and tech industries will select the Top 10 Semifinalists

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Top 3 Finalists Notified

October 14, 2016

Top 3 Finalists Notified

A small panel of experts will select the 3 finalists from the 10 semi-finalists.

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Top 3 Finalists Present at NAB Futures

October 30, 2016

Top 3 Finalists Present at NAB Futures

The top 3 finalists present at the invitation only NAB Futures in Pebble Beach Calif, where the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be determined.

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Q & A Panel NYC

November 9, 2016

Q & A Panel NYC

Winners will participate in a question and answers panel at NAB Show New York

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Futures Park Presentation

April 22, 2017

Futures Park Presentation

Winners will present prototypes of their idea in the Futures Park at NAB Show in Las Vegas.

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