PLEASE NOTE: We've updated the final announcement date - winners will be announced June 10th at 3pm ET.
Tired of partisan bickering? Feel your voice is left out of our democracy? Have a great idea about how we can all work together?
Then Looking@Democracy is the national competition for you!
The Looking@Democracy challenge is offering a total of $100,000 in prize money for short, provocative media submissions designed to spark a national conversation about how we can all come together to strengthen American democracy. Here’s how the competition works:
Create and send us short digital media content that either:
(a) Tells a story about why government is important to our lives, or
(b) Tells how we might together strengthen American democracy.
Your submission can come in many formats such as short videos, audio stories, animation, music videos, public service announcements, infographics, graphic art, even Facebook and iPhone apps. They all just need to be digital so they can be shared electronically– the rest is up to YOU!
We’re looking to hear from independent media makers, investigative reporters, students, graphic designers, artists - anyone with creative ideas to help engage Americans and shift the political discussion in a fresh and engaging way.
Use your creativity to share your vision of how to make government work to improve our nation, our communities, and our lives.
$100,000 in prizes
First Place for Best Entry
Second Place for Best Entry
Third Place for Best Entry
Special Judges Selection: Best Emerging Artist
People's Choice Award
Emerging Artists / Honorable Mention (6)
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Please read the full rules for eligibility.
Please read the full rules for submission requirements.
How to enter
Entries must be submitted by 3pm Eastern Time on April 30th, 2013, using the application form on this site.
Submissions may consist of a short (generally three minutes or less), creative media piece (video, audio, graphic, animation, photo, data visualization, social media or mobile game).
Click HERE for more possible ideas to get you started thinking about your submission.
Questions? Contact LookingAtDemocracy@prairie.org
Author and Co-Founder & Artistic Director / Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival
Journalist, Author and Managing Editor and Host / Public Radio's Latino USA
Filmmaker, Writer, Anti-Sexist Activist
Executive Director / Citizen Engagement Laboratory
Co-Founder / Sparkwise
Is the submission inventive? Interesting? Fun?
Does the submission help educate the public around a compelling theme related to government and democracy?
Does the submission present information in an effective way?