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Live ViewChange Film Contest Finalists Announcement

Posted on September 18th, 2010 by Hannah Eaves

On Monday September 20 we’ll be announcing the finalists of our ViewChange Online Film Contest. At final count the contest garnered 137 accepted entries, and films were submitted from 49 different countries! Two of the finalists from each category were determined by online voting.

The announcement will be made at a TEDxLondon event by contest judge Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It’s part of a whole day of TEDx events, starting off with TEDxChange in New York, an event dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals, featuring Melinda French Gates, TED curator (not to mention author and Wired editor-in-chief) Chris Anderson and TED star Hans Rosling.

The New York event will be followed by TEDxLondon, which will focus on ViewChange.

Both events will be streamed live at, starting at 3PM GMT/11AM EDT/8AM PDT. The announcement itself is expected to take place at around 6:50PM GMT.

ViewChange Online Film Contest Voting

Posted on September 15th, 2010 by Hannah Eaves

Today is the last day to vote for your favorites for the ViewChange Online Film Contest. Finalists will be announced this coming Monday.

Monday itself is going to be a packed day for us! We’re going to start in the morning with a live stream of TEDxChange: The Future We Make, a “chance to reflect on the Millennium Development Goals ten years in, and to look forward to where we’ll be.” Speakers include Melinda French Gates, Graça Machel, Hans Rosling, Mechai Viravaidya, and Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew.

This will be followed by a TEDxLondon event featuring a lineup of speakers that includes film contest judge and novelist Chimamanda Adichie announcing the contest finalists.

The day of live streaming will start at 8am PDT. More details and a link coming shortly.

In other news, I was recently asked to reflect on our experiences with online film contests for website This article looks at contests from the filmmaker perspective: Online Film Contests: Friend or Foe? at the 2010 Global Philanthropy Forum

Posted on May 11th, 2010 by Keith Laidlaw

Rahim Kanani has written an informative roundup of the 2010 Global Philanthropy Forum for the Huffington Post. He says that one of the most important themes to emerge at the conference was “harnessing mobile and internet technology for change, social impact, and accountability,” and talks about

“Start-ups focusing on mobile technology are not the only new kids on the block redefining the industry of social change and social impact, for heavy-hitting philanthropic organizations are also investing in the power of technology to amplify voices in the field, hoping to shift long-standing perceptions on critical issues of our time such as public opinion on U.S. foreign aid and global development. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Link TV recently launched — a digital media hub that highlights progress in reducing hunger, poverty, and disease in developing nations. It combines powerful video stories with the latest Web technology to make videos, articles, blogs, and actions readily available to key audiences working in global development.”

The full text is available here.