ATG Newsflash: Charleston Fast Pitch Competition

by | Jun 19, 2018 | 0 comments


Fast Pitch encourages proposals for ideas on improving or transforming the work environment at a library, or any information-related enterprise or organization in educational technology.

About the Competition: 

Recognizing and rewarding new innovation in academic library and information management

Each year, the Charleston Conference presents several well-received panels about startups, innovations and entrepreneurship. The Charleston Fast Pitch Competition is designed to expand on those themes by actively encouraging creative solutions for our stakeholders.

This call for participation is open to all who are in the process of developing new, innovative, and implementable ideas to improve their academic libraries or related organizations. The intent of the competition is to showcase innovation in information management and to award the most deserving examples of innovation.


There will be two awards of $2,500 each for winning proposals from U.S.-based tax exempt non-profit organization.

To encourage international participation, the Charleston Conference is also making a third award of a travel stipend to attend the 2018 Conference and present your winning idea to the audience. The international award winner will be selected during the second stage of the competition and will be presented to the winner at the conference during the Neapolitan session.


Fast Pitch 2018 will be in multiple parts:

Fast Pitch first stage – June 18 to July 20, 2018.

Open Nominations from the information industry and the Charleston Conference Community. Do you know of a project in a library or publishing entity that deserves attention? Perhaps that could be adapted/expanded by others to generate influence in the wider community? We are particularly interested in the scholarly communication and publishing as well as academic and research library initiatives but we are not limited exclusively to those areas. These nominations should be brief “thinking” pieces. This will be shared with your Fast Pitch colleagues. The FP Community (Past Fast Pitch winners and honorable mention colleagues) will react and help you expand on the implications of your nomination. You can nominate yourself or a colleague. Nominations and proposals should be sent using this form and will be distributed to the FP community anonymously.

Fast Pitch second stage – July 20 to September 15

Selection of four finalists from the open nominations by the community and selection of an international award winner by a panel of judges.

Fast Pitch third stage – September 15 to November 1

Coaching of the chosen FP nominations. Nominees will be vetted during the 2018 Charleston Conference

Fast Pitch fourth stage – November 8

Finalists will appear at a Neapolitan session at the 2018 Charleston Conference to present their “pitches.” The international award will be presented to the winner, and two votes will be taken from attendees and a panel of judges to determine the domestic winners.

Areas of Interest:

  • Enhancing the user experience
  • Collaboration for scholarly communication
  • Collaborative solutions for social media education
  • Incorporating social media strategies
  • Managing teams
  • Changing or adapting platforms
  • Collaborating or managing teams across departments, systems, groups
  • Digital aggregation and sharing
  • Innovative approaches, eg blockchain, analytics, research data management, open educational resources, etc.
  • Emerging technologies in digital services, acquisitions, technical services, reference
  • Big data and analytics management applications
  • Artificial intelligence solutions
  • Developing new apps for collection use
  • Other areas of interest are encouraged.

Past Award Winners:



Runners Up:


  • University of Michigan Press: Fulcrum
  • Auraria Library: RelaxMap


  • Brown University Library: POOF!
  • West Virginia University Libraries: Vega


Support for the two $2,500 awards for US-based non-profit organizations comes from the Goodall Family Charitable Foundation, an independent foundation focusing on making grants to support educational endeavors. The international award winner will receive a travel stipend through the generous support of Business Expert Press.


For details on eligibility and selection criteria, please see our Application Information Page. If you have questions, please contact

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