WASHINGTON, D.C. -- PILOT, an innovation initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters, announced the 12 finalists of its third annual PILOT Innovation Challenge. The competition recognizes creative ideas that leverage technological advances in the production, distribution and display of engaging content and provides winners with development support.
Over 100 concepts were submitted since the call for entries in August. This year’s challenge question is “What is an innovative way broadcasters and other local media could serve communities?”
A five-judge panel will select the top six from the 12 finalists. First, second and third place winners will be determined by participants at the NAB Futures conference, held January 27-29 in Seattle. The remaining participants will be presented with Innovator Awards at the event.
Thanks in part to a grant from Knight Foundation, the six finalists will be awarded cash prizes ranging from $15,000-$30,000. The winners will also receive relevant mentorship, access to key broadcast executives and significant exposure at industry events, like the annual NAB Show, held April 6-11 in Las Vegas.
This year’s finalists are:
PILOT is a coalition of innovators, educators and advocates dedicated to advancing broadcast technology and cultivating new media opportunities. PILOT propels broadcast television and radio into the future. It provides a platform for innovation, an engine for incubation, a venue for testing new technologies and a forum for broadcaster education. Learn more at nabpilot.org.
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.