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Session: Pitch it: innovation challenge

19th April 2016

Co-chairs: Robert McDonald and Damian Pattinson

Think…. how could you make a real difference to research communications? Are you looking for like-minded people, and would a seed fund of $1,500 help kick-start your project? As part of its commitment to collaboration, transparency and innovation, the FORCE2016 conference is updating its $1K Challenge session (more funding – $1,500) and encourages all delegates (both actual and virtual) to participate.

This is how….You can start gathering your thoughts and teams any time between now and April 18 using the Jisc Elevator Pitch software (

Need help?….We now have a tutorial video available on YouTube to demonstrate how to enter your ideas ( using YouTube and the Jisc Elevator Software. The entry video can be utilized as the live pitch of the idea at the Pitch-It Innovation Challenge Session on April 19 if the video will fit into the 3-5 minute pitch timeframe. Entries can also prepare a live pitch session as well as the video.

When will this happen?….Voting will take place in real time by meeting delegates at FORCE2016 during the PITCH IT: INNOVATION CHALLENGESession on April 19 at 1:15pm (, with winners announced before the end of the FORCE2016 Conference.

What could you win?….Thanks to our generous sponsor Jisc, winning ideas will receive $1,500 and will be invited to present at FORCE17 and will receive funding (up to $2000) to support their travel for that attendance. As additional support, winning entries will also have the option of a monthly telecon hosted by a member of the FORCE11 Pitch-It Innovation Challenge Expert Panel.

And, Ethical Guideline….We request that all entrants keep in mind the ethos of FORCE11, and that they endeavour to uphold it so that we can keep the rules and restrictions to a minimum. Rules: An individual can only be associated with a single entry per year. Any evidence of vote-rigging will result in the disqualification of affected entries.


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