The Big Idea
Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Colorado College - Bigger and better this year!
- Annual pitch competition for $50,000 of seed money
with more resources and input for your idea
- Don’t miss our next event on Thursday, October 17th
The Big Idea is on again, now as a strategic theme of CC and President Tiefenthaler! Again, there will be $50,000 in prize money for the pitch competition to kick start your great idea. Plus, this year we’re getting started earlier, with more resources, mentors and guidance. We've got really cool startup stories and big name speakers to compliment the Big Idea program. Also, we have a New Executive Director, Patrick Bultema ... a guy with a liberal arts background who has worked as a Venture Capitalist, is a six time startup CEO and has done both social entrepreneurship deals as well as VC backed companies.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a Comparative Lit, Economics, Political Science or Art major. If you’re interested in innovation and the whole startup phenomenon, then there’s a place for you and your ideas. Plus, we’re making it easier this year for you to join up on teams, or join a big idea that’s already underway.
Colorado College Innovative Minds lecture series with:
Noel Maxam, a four time Emmy winner who has written, directed, produced, and edited over 3500 hours of television on CBS, NBC, ABC, Disney, and Nick-at-Nite.
Currently, Noel is freelance directing for Disney, General Hospital, Hollywood Heights, and The Young and the Restless, among others. He is also consulting in various entertainment arenas in the U.S. and Africa. He has three innovation- based startups underway. In the past, he has served as Co-Executive Producer, Supervising Producer and Director on NBC’s "Days of Our Lives” as well as Associate Producer and Director for “The Young and the Restless”.
Noel Maxam attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Fine Arts from University of Southern California’s School of Cinema and Television. Noel is a member of the Director’s Guild of America where he is on the leadership council, and is also a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.
Tuesday, December 10th @ 6:00pm
Colorado College - Cornerstone Arts - Celeste Theater
Network Television 2.0: The Three Billion Dollar Battle For the Living Room in the Age of the Internet.
Abstract: Disruptive Innovation is a regular and reoccurring theme of our times. The stock market, traditional print media, the music industry, the travel industry, even the way we shop has undergone massive change over the last twenty years: The television industry is now experiencing this same radical disruption.
Since the 1980’s the television industry has had to adapt rapidly. They went from three major network channels, to hundreds of cable channels dividing and segmenting their viewing audience. Next, the regimented schedule set by the broadcasters was disrupted by the DVR. “Time shifting” and “on demand” became commonplace. Now, with bandwidth expanding, the internet is creating new ways to access video/film content and is exponentially multiplying the options. The percentage of households with a cable or satellite subscription is declining for the first time in the history of television. YouTube user generated content and new distribution channels like Netflix are producing proprietary content that is more celebrated than their rival network offerings. All of this has created a new kind of viewer: They are known as “cord-cutters” and “cord-nevers”.
While the television industry has been trying to deal with these radical changes, they have been losing ground in their traditional distribution as well. In July, Univision swept ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX with their line up of no-repeat novellas.
The traditional television business is under assault and in a two front war for survival. This leads to profound questions about the future of video entertainment: What will this business look like in the future? Will the networks survive? And, most importantly, what are the opportunities for innovators and new businesses in this rapidly changing landscape?
Come to this intriguing presentation to get a television Executive Producer’s reactions and insights into how the TV, film, and video industry is being disrupted.