Qorvis Communications is proud to have co-sponsored last week’s Disruptathon Media Event, co-hosted by USA Today, Gannett, and Cynergy at the USA Today headquarters in McLean, VA.
Peter Erickson, Founder and Creator of the Disruptathon and its event series, paving a way through the quickly evolving world of digital media, and continues to lead the charge to create a more connected world. The Disruptathon series highlighted young companies that are media-based technologies, specialty blogs and publishing sites, as well as companies that provide products and services in this arena.
Encompassing the spirit of the event and awards, Erickson arranged for attendees to check in to the event and enter a raffle by registering on available iPad devices. Attendees with iPhones then were instructed to download the “Disrtuptathon” iPhone app with functionality allowing them to take surveys and rate event presenters on a 10-point scale, contributing to real-time results. Those without iPhones certainly did not miss out—they borrowed event-specific mobile voting devices, already downloaded with the app, and participated enthusiastically throughout the evening.
Attendees, sponsors, and hosts of the event happenings were pleased to “meet” eight businesses in the media industry that differentiated themselves from a national field search of over 100 companies. Finalists demonstrated strong leadership and innovative spirit in the changing world of media – their presentations demonstrated more than talent – attendees were treated to viewing the results of dedication and continually pushing the boundaries of the “traditional”. The big winners of the evening include: Socialize and ProConIT. Finalists included: NearSay, OneNews, Publish2, Stry, WatchParty, and http://www.yowie.com/.
Disruptathon and its supporters look forward to next year’s batch of newsmakers and ground shakers, as the landscape of the media world will expectedly have transformed, if not once, multiple times between now and then.
Presentation: Runner-up — STRY, Winner — Socialize
Uniqueness: Runner-up — Socialize, Winner –ProConIt
Design: Runner-up — Socialize, Winner — ProConIt
Most Disruptive: Runner-up: WatchParty, Winner: ProConIt
Likes: Runner-up — Socialize, Winner — ProConIt
Overall: 3rd Runner-up — WatchParty, 2nd Runner-up — http://www.yowie.com/, Runner-up — ProConIt, Winner — Socialize