Svava had the pleasure of facilitating the voting for the People’s Choice Awards at this year’s CREATE Festival at the August Wilson Center on June 1st. The event was packed full of presentations, exhibitions, vendors and awards and it was so much fun to be a part of something like this.
A couple of months before the CREATE Festival, we were speaking to the Pittsburgh Technology Council, who runs the one day creative awards and arts festival, and how we might be able to help sponsor the event. After explaining the many different ways that the Svava Open Innovation platform can be utilized, the idea of using it to cast and count votes for the different award entries emerged as a perfect fit!
From there we worked to set everything up and get all of the parameters perfectly in place, and then we opened up the platform to the contestants. All kinds of incredible entries were submitted in the different categories for things like gaming and education, design and making, communications, creative arts, etc. It was a pleasure to meet the different contestants and aide them in getting their submissions completed before the voting opened up.
The voting process was phenomenal. There were so many votes across the different categories and entries. In fact, there were over 2,500 users who signed up to use the platform for the voting process as we neared the final hours before the festival. You can take a look at all of the entries for the different categories and read through the feedback and support given by voters here.
During the day of the festival, our Director of Community Development, Maggie Franz had the pleasure of meeting contestants and voters in person, and explain the different ways that the platform can be leveraged. After many engaging discussions, presentations, and even a fashion show, it came time for the awards. Maggie had a chance to thank everyone for their participation and direct them towards the theater for the final event of the day. While the festival had to select just a few winners, we think that every entrant had an incredible project, and we were thrilled to learn about them all.
Thank you for helping us make the CREATE Festival awards possible this year. We look forward to working with you throughout the year and in the many to come.