Pitch Perfect Competition

A partnership with Orfalea College of Business

Pitch Perfect Video Competition

6th Annual Pitch Perfect Video Competition in 2014.

Kennedy Library and Orfalea College of Business announce the 7th annual Pitch Perfect Competition! Through the generosity of Orfalea College of Business, this year’s Pitch Perfect Competition offers $25,000 in prizes and funding to make your big idea a reality.

Round One Deadline: February 23, 2015 at 11:59PM. Read the details and apply below!

What kind of big idea?

Consider yourself a consultant to Kennedy Library. How do you foster cross-campus collaboration at Cal Poly?

Background: Early in your Cal Poly career you often work in teams with colleagues from many majors. Together you create ideas, invent products and solve problems. In your later years at Cal Poly, you may find yourself mostly working with colleagues in the same or closely related major.

Interdisciplinary collaboration isn’t just important while you’re at Cal Poly. It’s also important in your future careers, when you’ll be working in diverse teams.

Challenge: This year’s competition theme is about how Kennedy Library can foster interdisciplinary collaboration at Cal Poly. Your ideas could be about developing a space, app, event, resource collection, tools… You decide! This is about your big idea.

What do students gain from the competition?

In addition to the potential $25,000 in prizes and funding, participating in the Pitch Perfect Competition is a way to build your professional portfolio by documenting your process and building your career readiness.

What’s different about this year’s competition?

In previous years, Pitch Perfect was a video competition. Now there is funding for you to implement the ideas you pitch in your 60-second video! If you choose, the video is the just first phase of the new, expanded Pitch Perfect Competition.

Competition in three rounds

Round 1: Pitch

Submit a 60-second video pitch about how Kennedy Library can foster interdisciplinary collaboration. This could be through developing a space, service, app or event, for example. Deadline: February 23, 2015 at 11:59PM. Winners are announced by the end of winter quarter during an informal awards ceremony. $4,000 in prizes available this round.

Round 2: Plan

Winners of the video pitch are invited (but not required) to write a one-page business plan for the idea they pitched in their videos. Deadline: May 4, 2015. One plan is selected as a winner and is awarded an additional $1,000.

Round 3: Incubate

The student or team who submits the winning business plan works with library staff and faculty on developing their idea during summer quarter 2015. This may involve developing a prototype, collaborating with a vendor or otherwise finding creative ways to implement a new idea. A $20,000 budget is available.

Students from every college are encouraged to apply!


Video awards and criteria

Judging criteria

A panel of judges from the Cal Poly community will select the video winners from qualified entries. Videos will be judged on the following: 1) relevance to challenge theme 2) plot, cohesion and audience appeal, and 3) technical merit, filming, editing and creativity. Categories:

  • Best Overall: $1,000
  • President’s Pick: $850
  • Best of Orfalea: $750
  • Most Creative: $700
  • Fan Fave: $700

Winners will be announced at a reception in the library’s atrium in winter quarter. Winners must attend the reception.

The judges reserve the right not to award a prize. The judges’ decision is final.

60-Second Video Guidelines and Rules

One entry per person or group. All entries must be submitted online. Each person appearing in the video must sign the release agreement.

Important: Download the release agreement now! You’ll need to upload the signed release agreement signed by everyone who appears in the video at the same time you upload your video.

Guidelines

• Made by Cal Poly students enrolled full or part time in 2015.
• No more than 60 seconds total running time.
• Submitted in the .MOV or .WMV formats
• 640 x 480 resolution or higher.
• In English or include English subtitles.
• Submitted by noon (PST) February 23, 2015.

Rules

You must be the original author of everything in your video or have evidence of written permission to use copyright-protected material.

Submissions using non-licensed, copyrighted musical, visual, or literary properties without legal permission are ineligible. This includes music. Each person appearing in your video must sign the release agreement.

Students are expected to compete in the spirit of the Mustang Way. Students may not, for example, purchase votes on social media as part of the competition. If students are suspected of purchasing votes, they will be disqualified.

Get help

For technical questions or assistance contact Patrick Kammermeyer. For general questions contact Karen Lauritsen.

Borrow laptops, iPads and more
Available at the Poly Connect Computer Lab (Kennedy Library, first floor near entrance)

Cal Poly Media Distribution Services
Cal Poly students can check out equipment


Apply now!

Apply now using our online application form. Video entry deadline: February 23, 2015.


2014 winners

2014 theme: You’re the consultant. What opportunities do you see to improve services through partnership and innovation?

“Hands On” by Jenna Hoffman

“Spark” by Paige Thornley

“The Brightest Minds” by Sarah Islas

“A Beautiful Mind” by Tiffany Kinson

“PolyProjects” by Kathryn Cassidy

More about the winners

2013 winners

2013 theme: You’re an imagination architect. Imagine your dream library.

“Kennedy is my Boyfriend” by Lindsey Lewis

“DayDreamers” by Sven Le

“Finding Home” by Russell Holliday and Matt Erich

“My Dream Library” by Chelsea Kitta

More about the winners

2012 winners

2012 theme: Make a pitch for Kennedy Library in 60 seconds.

“Sanctuary” by Andrew Mai (LAES)

“Study Meets Play” by Ruben Custodio (GRC)

“Why We Love Kennedy Library” by Darryl Williams (BUS)

More about the winners

2011 winners

2011 theme: Kennedy Library—Thirty years in the making. What’s next?

“Time Flies” by Buddy Bump

“Marley’s Angels” by Ruben Custodio

“The Most Interesting Man in the Library” by Miles Fairchild

2010 winners

2010 theme: Hidden treasures within Kennedy Library

“Priceless” by Paul Cha

“Living in the Kennedy Library” by Colin McGuire

2009 winners

2009 was the first year of the video competition. See the winning entries on the Cal Poly You Tube Channel.

Winning Videos

  • “Home Sweet Home,” Kirsten Peterson, Director
  • “March to the Library,” Mike Deagen, Director
  • “Cal Poly Film Club Video,” Vicki Lindem, Director

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