April 22, 2013

Not too late to enter TechSoup’s Digital Storytelling Challenge

A winning entry in the 2012 TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge.

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, video producers, marketing professionals, general public.

JD LasicaEvery spring about this time TechSoup does an amazing thing for the nonprofit community: It reminds us about the importance that visual storytelling plays in advancing causes and missions. And it helps us discover and tell our own stories by showcasing the best of the best in its Digital Storytelling Challenge. (The contest prizes aside, the acclaim that comes with being awarded one of the top award winners is certainly worthwhile.)


If you have a great video that you’ve created over the past year, or if you think you can pull one together on short notice, be aware that you have nine days left to enter your video in the contest.

As TechSoup says about the competition: “Without a good story, you’re just another cause in the crowd. But a good story also needs to be told in just the right way. Digital storytelling amps up your message with technology and powerful images.” Continue reading

March 16, 2012

Come to the TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge

“Mountaintop Library Expands Horizons,” by Room to Read

JD LasicaIf you’re in the Bay Area, join me in 12 days at the 3rd Annual TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge. I was at last year’s event — where Room to Read grabbed top honors for the digital story above — and may hand out an award or two this year.

This year’s contest received 250 submissions from all over the globe, showing a flowering of talent and creativity. Check out the full playlist of videos on YouTube and gallery of photo sets on Flickr.

What: TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge Awards & Screening Party
When: Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 7 p.m. Pacific
In person: TechSoup Headquarters, 525 Brannan St., San Francisco
Online: Live-streamed on Facebook and in Second Life
Hashtag on Twitter: #tsdigs
RSVP today!

In person and online

The ceremony is being billed as a “red carpet” event! Watch the live stream if you can’t be there in person. Winners, chosen by a panel of expert judges and the community, will receive products from TechSoup’s donor partners Cisco, Adobe, Flickr Citrix, Sliderocket, Blazon,SurveyMonkey and more.

You’ll also get to meet some of the expert judges, see dozens of the best videos and photo stories, and connect with fellow digital storytellers. Light refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!