Pitch Event at ALAMW20 in Philadelphia

The Awesome Libraries Chapter of the Awesome Foundation will host a live-pitch event at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting’s Symposium on the Future of Libraries. The event will take place Saturday, January 25th, from 5:00 – 6:30pm in the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

--- Deadline Extended to January 6, 2020 ---

Awesome Libraries held its first-ever live pitch event at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting and gave away $1,000 to an awesome library project. The 2020 collaborative live-pitch event will once again invite participants to submit creative and inspiring library projects to the Awesome Foundation. Six finalists will be chosen to pitch their ideas live to a panel of judges and an audience of enthusiastic supporters. The selected winner will leave the pitch event with $1,000 to help implement their project.

Individuals interested in submitting a proposal for the live pitch have until January 6, 2020 (extended from December 19, 2019). For those interested in submitting a proposal, but who will not be attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting, an option to submit a video to present at the live pitch will be made available should the proposal be selected as a finalist.

ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees are invited to join the live pitch event to help cheer on innovators and to network across a group of colleagues committed to creativity and inspiration.

The Awesome Libraries Chapter believes that strong libraries create better-educated citizens and communities with stronger social ties. The chapter was created by a small working group of passionate librarians who wanted to provide a catalyst for prototyping both technical and non-technical library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking. 

The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time. Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants. These micro-grants, $1,000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.