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About John Clark

John Clark is the Executive Director of PILOT

Breaking Down Innovation Challenge Judging Criteria

The link between the PILOT Innovation Challenge participants and judges is established through the judging criteria. Having a common understanding of what is expected in entries and how to evaluate them is critical. Many of the questions we get about the challenge are related to criteria. When ideas are submitted that answer the challenge prompt, “What [...]

By |June 21, 2017|Innovation Challenge 2017, Blog|Comments Off on Breaking Down Innovation Challenge Judging Criteria

Skip Pizzi wins Bernard J. Lechner Award

NAB’s Skip Pizzi was awarded the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) during the 2017 Next Gen TV Conference in Washington, DC., on May 17."Skip is an outstanding leader," said ATSC President Mark Richer, "whose remarkable technical and management skills; enthusiasm and commitment has helped to facilitate the rapid development of the next generation television standard.”

By |May 17, 2017|Blog|Comments Off on Skip Pizzi wins Bernard J. Lechner Award

Serving Communities with the PILOT Innovation Challenge

What’s next? It’s a simple question with infinite, complex answers. I don’t know of any industry that doesn’t wrestle with how to answer it. The broadcast industry is no different and it's why we are continuously exploring new ways to serve audiences. The PILOT Innovation Challenge is designed to inspire and further enhance this ideation process. We’re calling on [...]

By |April 23, 2017|Innovation Challenge 2017, Blog|Comments Off on Serving Communities with the PILOT Innovation Challenge

Expanding the PILOT Innovation Challenge in 2017

Local broadcasters play a vital role in our communities. They work to deliver the news, weather, emergency information and entertainment people rely on each day. According to a 2016 Pew Research Center report, broadcast remains a dominant source of news for U.S. adults. However, younger adults – those under age 30 – are relying on [...]

By |December 14, 2016|Innovation Challenge 2017, Blog|Comments Off on Expanding the PILOT Innovation Challenge in 2017

Innovation Challenge FAQs

The PILOT Innovation Challenge is a call to all entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs and creative thinkers for ideas that answer the question: How might local television and radio broadcasters engage their communities with next generation content on any device, whether big, small or moving? We are challenging people to think about new ways to address that question, [...]

By |August 22, 2016|Blog, Innovation Challenge|Comments Off on Innovation Challenge FAQs

Defining Next-Generation Content for the PILOT Innovation Challenge

“What is next-generation content?” That’s the biggest question we’ve received since launching the PILOT Innovation Challenge. It’s a good question with a tricky answer because we don’t want to be prescriptive about the ideas. We’re looking for ideas around content that engages people, and “next-generation” is our means of suggesting a constraint toward the future. The delivery and [...]

By |August 1, 2016|Blog, Innovation Challenge|Comments Off on Defining Next-Generation Content for the PILOT Innovation Challenge

Pitching for Media Coverage at 1776 Workshop

What’s the best way to pitch a story to a media organization? That was the question of the hour during a recent workshop we conducted in partnership with 1776 for 20 of their startups. You can watch the full workshop above We joined 1776 last year not only to connect with startup [...]

By |July 21, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Pitching for Media Coverage at 1776 Workshop

All good things start as an idea

It's difficult to predict the power of a new idea in its infancy, but all good things are born from simple ideas. That’s why we’re launching our first-ever PILOT Innovation Challenge. We want to hear any and all ideas for engaging our communities. We’re issuing the Innovation Challenge because we see opportunity. How might local television [...]

By |June 21, 2016|Blog, Innovation Challenge|Comments Off on All good things start as an idea

Determining Value at UNC’s Media Innovation Workshop

Create teams of four people from different local media companies with varying job responsibilities and ask them to create a new, financially sustainable product in 36 hours and you might be surprised by the results. Of course, the likelihood of the team creating something industry-shattering is unlikely. But ask them to focus on their customer [...]

By |June 3, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Determining Value at UNC’s Media Innovation Workshop

NAB Invests in Haystack TV

TV news app aggregates and curates videos from a wide variety of credible sources, provides a continuous and personalized headline news channel for consumers -- Incubated at Stanford’s StartX accelerator, Haystack TV launched in 2014 and is now available on multiple platforms including iOS, Android, Android TV, Apple TV and Chromecast. The app features high [...]

By |February 18, 2016|News|0 Comments