After receiving hundreds of entries for Pitchmyhouse.com, the contest finally closed on Friday February 22, 2013. The concept behind the contest was to pitch Austin home owner Anne A. Ward with a plan to promote her new venture at SXSW interactive 2013. The person(s) with the best pitch is declared the winner and gets to stay at her house for free during SXSW.
"Some entries simply blew me away," Anne A. Ward, contest creator and editor in chief at MobileFOMO went on to comment. "I am truly excited to be hosting some of the Funny or Die folks at my house. Their pitch was by far the best... Letís just say the pitch is so good that I will not spoil it by sharing it here."
Teams of up to six were allowed to enter, but majority of entries ranged in size from about 1 to 3 people. Most contestants were looking to stay during interactive rather than music or film. As far as pitches, the most common was to provide MobileFOMO with social media assistance, specifically strategy.
Some recent criticism of SXSW has been that it is too commercial. Pitchmyhouse.com is a move away from that. SXSW interactive in 2013 is shaping up to be an exciting year. The pitch my house contest was designed to spark innovation while providing people with a place to stay. A major reason people do not attend SXSW now is the expense and inconvenience of hotel accommodations in Austin.
"After the overwhelming success of 2013's pitch my house contest, it will definitely become an annual event." Ward responded when asked about the future of the pitchmyhouse.com contest. "I'm excited to be working with Funny or Die and the rest of the MobileFOMO team at SXSW, this year will be like no other."
About Funny or Die
Funny Or Die is a comedy video website that combines user-generated content with original, exclusive content. The site is a place where celebrities, established and up-and-coming comedians and regular users can all put up stuff they think is funny. At the same time, the site hopes to eliminate all the junk that people have to pick through to find videos. That means around here you get to vote on what videos are funny and what videos deserve to die. Funny Or Die was created by the guys at Gary Sanchez Productions (Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy) and a bunch of Silicon Valley dudes and ladies. Michael Kvamme, an aspiring young comedian, came up with a concept for a new kind of comedy site and told his dad, Mark Kvamme of Sequoia Capital to write a check. Randy Adams, a Silicon Valley serial entrepreneur, signed on to handle design and implementation. Now, Funny Or Die has offices in Japan, Madagascar and Bahn, nine full time lobbyists in Washington and an elite private security force consisting of four hundred soldiers and six attack helicopters.
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