Meet the FlashLab Pitch Contest Finalists and Judges

Kent State Student Media was thrilled to receive 19 entries in this year's 2nd Annual FlashLab Innovation Pitch Contest. With innovative ideas ranging from virtual reality storytelling to an online film fest, choosing finalists was not an easy task for our judges.

On Tuesday, seven individuals with unique ideas were selected as finalists and invited to the in-person second round to be held Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in 213 Franklin Hall on the Kent State University campus in Kent, Ohio. The event is free and open to the public.

Meet this year's finalists:

Meet this year's judges for the second round:

Special thank you to one of last year's winners, Natalie Meek, Associate Public Relations Specialist at Diebold Nixdorf, for helping judge the first round.

Finalists will have the chance to pitch their idea in person to the judges and answer questions. Judges will select first, second and third place winners from among the finalists. The top three winners will share $1,000 in prize money and their ideas may receive up to $10,000 in funding to help launch them in Student Media in spring 2019.

The innovation pitch contest is part of Student Media FlashLab, an innovation initiative within Kent State Student Media to foster and support innovation in the areas of content creation, revenue generation and audience engagement. The contest and other FlashLab events are open to all Kent State students and collaboration is encouraged.

For more information about Kent State Student Media and Student Media FlashLab, contact Director of Student Media, Kevin Dilley at 330-67-0887 or [email protected]

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