Author Michael Margolis on January 12, 2011

2nd Annual Digital Storytelling Challenge

Can You Tell Your NPO Story in 60 seconds?

Join Get Storied for the 2nd Annual Digital Storytelling Challenge produced by TechSoup. We are a proud partner and contributor to this exciting nonprofit storytelling program that runs from January 13-31, 2011. Thursday, January 13, I am co-presenting a free webinar with Rob Kershaw of the Center for Digital Storytelling (over 1,000 people have already registered for this webinar). I am also providing a 1 hour complimentary story consultation to the 1st-place winner of the Digital Story Challenge.

The TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge 2011 is part competition, part instructional, and all hands-on media-making project (that you keep and use). Join us for this fun, educational, 3 week adventure to learn, create and produce your organization’s best digital story. (And win some prizes)!

What makes digital storytelling special or different from regular storytelling? Digital storytelling allows you to tell, package, and share your story with the world – so it can travel, while you sleep. How cool is that?

Today, any organization can capture, tell, and share its story for pennies on the dollar. All it takes is a Flip video camera, and a few good questions that capture the meaning and motivation at the heart of your work. In today’s low-fi world, it’s more about having a story worth telling, than how you tell the story. So why not take the Challenge? Over the next two weeks — put together a short video story that captures the identity and spirit of what you do. Add a link in the comments section of this post, and you’ll get some individual feedback from me.

The Challenge

Create a digital story (60 seconds or less video or 5-panel picture story) that conveys your organization’s mission and work in a compelling and creative way. The challenge is open to all international social benefit organizations and libraries and entries must be received by January 31st, 2011, 5 PM Pacific. Submit your entry and get more Challenge details.

Free Webinars

Register for one or both of the free educational webinars:

Winning Prizes

1st Place:

  • Flip Slide HD – Capture up to 4 hours of high quality HD video with Flip’s latest and greatest mini-camcorder
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 video production software – edits multiple formats, from DV to uncompressed HD; output to DVD, Blu-ray Disc, and the web
  • Optoma EP-PK-101 PICO Projector – set up an impromptu movie theatre or slideshow with this compact (only 4 ounces!) pocket projector
  • Citrix GoToTraining – online training software lets you hold interactive training sessions with up to 200 people – right from your desk. This one year subscription also includes GoToMeeting (web conferencing for up to 15 attendees).
  • 1-year premium subscription to FirstGiving, an online peer-to-peer fundraising tool
  • A one-hour story consultation with Michael Margolis of Get Storied.

2nd place and 3rd place prizes listed here.

Get Involved!

The Digital Storytelling Challenge kicks off January 13th! Participate in any or all these ways:

Add Your Comments

If you create a 60-sec video for this Digital Story Challenge, add a link to it in the comments section of this post, and you’ll get some individualized feedback. Please share below. Also, will you do me a favor and help spread the word? — the 2-week Challenge is a generous and creative campaign from the wonderful folks at TechSoup. Please re-tweet and share widely. Think of all the great stories that can come of this?!

home_michaelprofile_129x129px-2xAuthor Michael Margolis
Michael is the CEO at Get Storied. You can find him on Twitter @GetStoried where he engages daily with a quarter-million fans. Also, enjoy his free training storytelling at