By Special to the Daily World
What should TV be like ten years from now? What is the next great TV app? What is the next must-see television show? The Cable Center has launched two contests as part of its Cable Mavericks Masters Forum: One Day Degree in Cable that will give students the opportunity to present their ideas in person to an elite panel of industry executives in New York City. The contests task college students with changing the way consumers watch television today.
The contests are open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 24 who is a full or part-time student at a U.S. higher education institution. Technology Challenge entrants are asked to create a video of three minutes or less that shows their vision of how they would redesign and reconfigure the viewing experience to revolutionize the way the public consumes video. The Creative Challenge asks students to put themselves in the producer’s seat, considering the full potential of the multi-platform cable universe, and pitch an idea for a show in three minutes or less that takes advantage of the new cable TV world.
Students will compete for a grand prize package that includes $1000 and a $1000 Motorola tablet and accessories package; a first place prize package of $500 and up to four Motorola Bluetooth (one for each team member); as well as money and Motorola products for second through fourth place winners. The five finalists in each category will also be given $750 to cover travel expenses to New York to present their ideas live to a panel of industry judges at an evening event at the Paley Center for Media in New York on October 27, 2011.
Students can visit http://www.memelabs.com/cablemavericks for complete contest rules and to upload their video entries. All entries are due by September 22, 2011. The event will be held at the Paley Center for Media in New York on October 28, 2011, and also be made available for live streaming to students across the United States and internationally, and for on demand playback after the event is complete. For more information, visit http://www.cablemavericks.org.