An Innovation Challenge For Broadcast Media PILOTs


WASHINGTON, D.C. — PILOT, the NAB’s technology innovation initiative, is accepting submissions for the third annual PILOT Innovation Challenge. The program recognizes creative ideas that leverage technological advances in the production, distribution and display of engaging content. The program also provides support to the winners for development.

This year’s challenge question is “What is an innovative way broadcasters and other local media could serve communities?”

Applicants must submit their original idea at by October 19. Additional judging criteria and information are available here.

Submissions are judged by a diverse panel of experts from the broadcast, venture capital, media and tech industries. Twelve semifinalists will be selected by the end of November. A smaller panel of judges will select the top six finalists. Winners will be chosen by participants at the NAB Futures conference, held January 27-29 in Seattle.

Thanks in part to a grant from Knight Foundation, the top six entries will be awarded cash prizes, with one prize each in the amounts of $30,000, $25,000 and $20,000 and three prizes in the amount of $15,000. Winners will also receive relevant mentorship, access to key broadcast executives and unmatched exposure at industry events, like the annual NAB Show, held April 6-11 in Las Vegas.

“The PILOT Innovation Challenge continues to foster ideas that accelerate local news innovation in the digital age,” said PILOT Executive Director John Clark. “We look forward to again providing an opportunity to not only drive industry innovation but also connect consumers with broadcast media in new ways.”

The Innovation Challenge is one in a series of PILOT initiatives that each support a facet of the full innovation cycle, including the ideation, validation and incubation of media and technology-focused ideas. Additional programs include Futures ParkPitch PrizeSPROCKIT, and the recently announced technology and internship grants.

Additional information about PILOT is available here.