While Skype has become a popular and ubiquitous messaging app over the years (we learned last week that the app has been downloaded more than 1 billion times on mobile devices), few of its 300 million monthly active users may be aware that Skype also has some ambitions as a media broadcasting platform with Skype TX. The studio-grade version of Skype has already been used by broadcasters in nearly 100 countries, but the Skype team is now willing to embrace the user-generated content revolution by launching Shoot the Future, a contest designed to “discover new entertainment concepts that are truly innovative and inclusive”:
We’re inviting the next wave of content creators to turn their ideas into reality. We want to not only provide the technical tools, but also help discover the talent who will use these tools to their fullest.
If you have a creative way that incorporates the power of Skype into a online content, show, documentary (or anything), we want to see it! More specifically, our illustrious panel of judges wants to see it: social media trendsetter YesJulz, rapper/actor/director Ice-T, and Game of Thrones producer Oliver Butler.
To be clear, the Skype team is asking participants to include Skype as part of the format, or “highlight how our technology helps communication.” The competition is only open to 18+ individuals and entry Deadline is Monday June 27th. To participate, you must go over the dedicated website to submit a 30-60 second pitch or trailer showcasing your idea and a business plan outlining the feasibility of getting your idea made. The winner will receive $20,000 to fund their project and will be introduced to industry experts who will offer guidance to help get your idea off the ground.
Member of the jury and Game of Thrones producer Oliver Butler shared:
“We are casting the nets out far and wide, leaving it completely up to the creative minds out there to throw whatever innovative, new ideas for content they have, into the mix. I’m intrigued and excited to see what we find.”
Clearly, Skype has a future in broadcasting. If you’re inclined, head on over to the site above and submit your pitch; there might just be some cold, hard cash in your future.Further reading: communications, media, Microsoft, Skype, Skype TX, video