Storymakers 2014 logoTechSoup's 2014 Storymakers digital storytelling contest and event series has arrived!

In keeping with our goal to help nonprofits, libraries, and social benefit organizations learn how to tell more compelling and more meaningful stories, we are planning a whole host of exciting FREE events.

All of these events lead to the open challenge (submissions NOW OPEN through September 26) where you submit your organization's or cause's digital story to contend for $13,000 in cash prizes and more.

Storymakers - Get Your Story Noticed!

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Next, join TechSoup and Kimberly Bryant from Black Girls CODE and Bailey Rosser from YouTube on Wednesday, September 10 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) to learn how to make sure your story stands out and is noticed! Kimberly Bryant and Black Girls Code was selected by Business Insider in 2013 on its list of's list of "The 25 Most Influential African-Americans in Technology".  Bailey Rosser is an audience development strategist at YouTube, who writes the YouTube Creator Playbook to help advise video creators on how to improve their reach and impact across YouTube.

Storymakers - Get Your Story Noticed! will highlight different channels and tools to help promote your organization's story for good. Register now to ensure you don't miss it! 

Storymakers: Tell Your Library's Story

Not only will you hear from story experts across organizations, we'll also have a session dedicated exclusively to telling stories from a library - whether it's the library's own story or the stories from its community and patrons.

Join us on Wednesday, September 17 at 11 a.m. Pacific time (2 p.m. Eastern) for the free Storymakers: Tell Your Library's Story webinar, where Oakland Public Library's Sharon McKellar and TechSoup's Ale Bezdikian will share tips on telling and collecting great stories from your library. We know it will be great, so register to hold your spot now! 

Follow #Storymakers2014

In addition, watch this post for more details to come on the upcoming tweet chat on Twitter, and local events with TechSoup Global partners and NetSquared organizers around the world!

And throughout the whole campaign, follow the #Storymakers2014 hashtag on Twitter.

You can also visit our Storymakers page at to keep up with the conversation, read more about the contest and prizes, and learn how you can help get your organization's story heard.

Now On-Demand! Storymakers Round-Table: Creating a Break-Out Story

The first event, Storymakers Round-Table: Creating a Break-Out Story webinar wrapped up this past Thursday, and was a huge success. 

Now you can enjoy the storymaking magic of these two pros, on demand, on our YouTube channel or ReadyTalk archive page (just click the links on the right side to download the PowerPoint, watch the recording, or listen to the podcast). 

This free event launched TechSoup's 2014 Storymakers event with a recipe for creating a break-out story and advice on where to turn for inspiration in a cluttered landscape. 

Super-Short Video: Vine, Instagram, and More!

Our second webinar focused on super-short videos you can make in a snap using your smartphone. The future is mobile and super-short storytelling is something nonprofits need to know.

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Storymakers Super-Short Video: Vine, Instagram, and More! on featured expert advice from:

  • Aaron Bramley, nonprofit filmmaker and founder/interim head of Lights.Camera.Help; and
  • Melissa Thompson, activist filmmaker, documentarian, and senior video producer for Greenpeace USA, which ran a Vine short-video contest to inspire their activist community to tell their own short stories about the environment for Earth Day 2014.

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There's still two webinars lefts in our Storymakers 2014 series, so register today to ensure that your spot is saved!

Becky Wiegand is the Webinar Program Manager at
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