-‐ An Evening of Recognition for Digital Media Innovators -‐
SALT LAKE CITY, October 14, 2014 – Grow Utah, Salt Lake County and Zions Bank announced today their hosting of the Utah’s premier digital media event, Pushbutton 2014. From games to animation, special effects to technical tool sets, and video to social campaigns, Pushbutton will celebrate and recognize Utah’s digital media innovators.
This year’s event, slated for the evening of November 12 at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City, will bring together leaders, students and supporters of all forms and uses of digital media. Now in its fourth year, this event is proving to be a highlight for anyone interested in Utah’s digital media scene.
The event is organized and hosted by Grow Utah, Salt Lake County and Zions Bank. Event sponsors include Durham Jones and Pinegar, USTAR, Utah Valley University, EDUC, and BoomStartUp.
“We are thrilled to co-‐host this event,” said A Scott Anderson, President and CEO of Zions Bank. “Utah’s digital media industry is thriving and growing with significant job opportunities available to our tech savvy work force.”
“Salt Lake County has an exceptional talent pool when it comes to digital media,” said Mayor Ben McAdams. “One of my top economic development priorities is to support this growing industry which holds the promise of good-‐paying jobs for our graduates and fits perfectly in our thriving metropolitan business model.”
Event organizer, T. Craig Bott of Grow Utah highlighted new features of the 2014 event. “This year Pushbutton will center on an evening of recognition and awards that promises excitement, competition, innovative presentations, food and entertainment.”
Three new cash awards will be presented at Pushbutton. These include awards for the Best Student Work-‐$3,000; Best Use of Digital Media-‐ $3,000 and Best Digital Media Innovation-‐ $10,000. Selected finalists will pitch their innovation on stage with the winner being selected by the crowd via text voting.
Highlights of Pushbutton 2014 will include:
Pocket Fest Film Festival
Selected winners from Utah’s first Pocket Fest film festival will be showcased. Pocket Fest spotlights all original film created on a mobile device (smartphone, tablet, and/or action cam).
Salt Lake Comic Con-‐ Best Use of Digital Media Award Winner
Salt Lake Comic Con will receive the Best Use of Digital Media Award. Key executives from Salt Lake Comic Con will share their winning social marketing strategy and techniques that have propelled Salt Lake Comic Con to become the “best Comic Con in the world” as declared by Stan Lee, with attendance exceeding 100,000 attendees.
Reception and Showcase
An evening reception of food, networking and innovation displays will be held prior to the awards event.
Pushbutton Digital Media Legacy Award
The Pushbutton Legacy Award will be given to a leader in Utah’s digital media field for their contribution to the growth of the industry.
Best Student Work Award
As a part of Pushbutton 2014, a cash award will be given to the Best Student Work in digital media for the work created by a team of full time students.
Best Digital Media Innovation Award
Pushbutton’s premier award of $10,000 will be given to the winning digital media innovator. Three finalists will pitch their event on stage and be selected by a crowd vote from those in attendance.
On-‐Stage After Party
An on-‐stage after party will be hosted for all those in attendance.
Registration and event details can be found at www.PushButtonSummit.com To accommodate all those interested, sponsors have helped reduce the price to only $10 this year. Summit seating is limited so early registration is recommended.
About Grow Utah Ventures
Grow Utah Ventures, is a privately funded, non-‐profit organization dedicated to accelerate the creation of innovative, entrepreneur-‐led, high-‐growth businesses that will strengthen and expand the future growth of Utah’s economy. The vision of Grow Utah Ventures is to create a robust entrepreneurial eco-‐ system in Utah that fosters entrepreneurial talent, drives innovation to solve market needs, aligns community resources and support, and ensures funding for products, entrepreneurs and businesses of promise. Pushbutton is one of many industry related events that Grow Utah hosts throughout the year to foster innovation.
PR Contacts: Justin Bott Grow Utah (801) 593-‐2269