2022 Media+Tech Collective Membership Mixer Recap


Members New and Veteran Alike Gather to Network and Hear Bennie Fowler Speak

Media+Tech Collective President Justin Weatherwax (left), Leadership Coach and Superbowl 50 Champion Bennie Fowler (center), and Rae Friedrich (right) enjoying each other’s the company during the Membership Mixer.

DENVER – June 22, 2022 – Bennie Fowler, Leadership Coach and Superbowl 50 Champion, spoke at The Cable Center on Wednesday, June 22 to a rapt audience of new and veteran Media+Tech Collective members. Attendees had the evening to mix and mingle while enjoying the history of the Cable Hall of Fame.

Annually, the MTC hosts a membership mixer to welcome new members and to allow all members to share ideas, collaborate, and get to know each other. These mixers act as one of many ways to unite our industry's many parts in order to create comradery and friendship. We often bring in profound speakers such as Benny Fowler and Diane Christman to inspire, motivate, and educate. 

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MTC Innovation Challenge 2022 Winners


16th Annual Case Study Competition Exploring Ideas for the Next Chapter of DIRECTV’s Business Strategy
$3,000 First Place Prize, Industry Internship Opportunities Awarded at MTC Signature Event

“Team InnOvention” Celebrates the $3,000 Grand Prize and Winning The 2022 Media+Tech Collective Innovation Challenge Competition (L-R) Andy Karofsky (judge), Co-Founder and COO, Frndly TV, Jay Kreiling (judge), VP, Video Content at Charter Communications, Steve Smith (judge), EVP, Affiliate Sales and Marketing, Outdoor Sportsman Group and Team InnOvention members Jason Kabanas, Nikki O’Farrell, Jake Torrens

DENVER – March 11, 2022 - “Team InnOvention,” a business school student team from the University of Colorado – Denver Business School was named the grand prize winner of the 2022 Media+Tech Innovation Challenge. The 16th annual signature event for the Media+Tech Collective, an industry association dedicated to bringing together members from throughout the businesses of video entertainment and technology, was held earlier today at Comedy Works South in Greenwood Village, Colo.

Finalists were comprised of business school student teams selected from earlier campus case study competitions at the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business and the University of Colorado – Denver Business School. All three finalists in 2022 were from the University of Colorado – Denver Business School.

The students on “Team InnOvention” take home the grand prize of $3,000 - and $4,500 in total - for winning the case study competition. The 2022 Media+Tech Innovation Challenge was sponsored by the StreamTV Show, scheduled for June 6-8, 2022 in Denver.

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Sponsor Spotlight: The Moxy Lab

The Moxy LabThe Moxy Lab works with executives and emerging technology, telecommunications, and finance leaders to become skilled communicators. They offer workshops, coaching, and customized programs for their clients. For the past two years, MTC has partnered with The Moxy Lab to prepare students competing in our annual case competition, the Media+Tech Innovation Challenge.

Their contribution has been a gamechanger for teams to effectively craft pitches for their unique solutions. "Having The Moxy Lab work with my Innovation Challenge case competition team was extremely valuable to help polish their presentation skills, delivery, and storytelling which played a role in supporting their win", noted Paul Clark, Comcast Video Product Director and Mentor of this year's winning team. He added, "Beyond the case competition, the Moxy Lab's coaching will prove very beneficial for all the participating students as they grow their careers and their ability to communicate powerfully and influence others."

Just as it has with the students, The Moxy Lab works with clients to build innovative teams, foster empathetic leadership, and manage people with heart, vision, and expertise. We’re excited to partner with the Moxy Lab to bring these workshops to our Members.

Around the world, the economy loses more than $1 trillion per year to communication errors and failures of collaboration. Today, the best companies are those who’ve learned the human factor – to work together well, as experts and as a diverse community.

How well is your company working? How far do you want to go? Talk with The Moxy Lab today at [email protected]

SeriesFest Insiders Conversation with Austin Winsberg

SeriesFest Insiders Conversations virtual event May 5On May 5th, Media+Tech Collective partnered with SeriesFest to give our members free access to an exclusive conversation with Austin Winsberg, Creator of Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. This virtual event was part of SeriesFest’s new Insider Conversations and was moderated by SeriesFest co-Founder Kaily Smith Westbrook.

Austin shared his stories of starting as a child actor and young playwright, a Theater-major in college, launching his career as showrunner in his 20’s, and other experiences that brought him to this exciting time in his career. Attendees were able to go on screen and get Austin’s advice on topics such as playwriting and pitching a show.

After the conversation, the audience had the opportunity to join a 30-minute virtual networking session with the other attendees. Media+Tech Collective members can also access the previously recorded Insider Conversation with Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish as they discuss their latest STARZ project, Men In Kilts. M+TC members can get the Free Access Code by logging into the Media+Tech Collective website.

Marketing Yourself in a Virtual World Webinar

Marketing Yourself in a Virtual World webinarRecruiting expert Tammy Fernandez gave some great insight on Marketing Yourself in a Virtual World in a very conversational presentation on April 29th.

In case you missed it, Tammy will be presenting later in 2021. Go to our members-only section to download the PowerPoint Presentation.