Google+ Hangout Contest: $5k Up for Grabs for the Best Idea



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We’ve seen President Obama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama on it. incorporated it in their fantasy football rollout, and Huffington Post has integrated it into a new segment of their services called HuffPost Live. Its giving Skype a run for its money with connecting loved ones and in the work place.

Google+ Hangout is a major player in the social space- one that affords a lot of creativity, flexibility and interaction. One we want to see taking a center stage with SMW13.

What makes SMW both exciting and unique is the representation from individuals and brands, large and small, in the world of social media. This year we are excited to work with Google+ to power many of SMW’s conversations via its video conference platform Google Hangouts.

By incorporating Hangouts in the weeks leading up to Social Media Week, and throughout the week itself, our community is able to engage with industry leaders and take part in a larger Social Media Week conversation. To make that conversation even more creative, Social Media Week is launching a contest which invites you and other participants around the world to submit your idea for a Google+ Hangout event. The person with the most creative and original idea will win a cash prize of $5,000- with kudos and promotional support from Google and SMW.

So, how do you take part? The contest launches today, Monday, January 15th and the deadline for submission is February 6th. Now on to the rules:

All submissions must be entered via and include the following information:

  • + Hangout Title
  • + Description
  • + Date/Time
  • + Participants/Speakers
  • + Hashtag for event (we like ’em to start with #SMW…)
  • + Host Organization
  • + Contact Name
  • + Contact Email
  • + Contact Phone Number

The winner of the $5,000 cash prize will be chosen by judges from SMW and Google+ for the most creative and original idea. Before the prize is awarded, the Hangout must have taken place during Social Media Week. So that means only enter your idea if you’re able to pull it together. (We do recommend you seeing the more elaborate version of the Rules and Guidelines here.)

Need a little help getting started with Google+ Hangouts? Don’t fret- our friends at Google+ have a couple of guides that walk you through everything from technical requirements to actually producing your Hangout. Whether a seasoned user or just a beginner, it’s a great guide to help make sure you get the most from the platform and for your submission, with case studies to help you get started. Then make sure you promote your Hangout properly!

We’ll be rooting for you, and we can’t wait to see what our community pulls together!

**UPDATE** Please make sure your Hangout is On Air when you execute on the idea! Submissions have been extended until February 6th.

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