Imagining a PIT Future: A PIT-UN Student Creative Arts Contest (Open to Student Clubs)
Students are defining the future of public interest technology (PIT). Your work, ideas, and commitment are shaping how technology is designed, created, and used responsibly for the public good.
Imagining a PIT Future: A Public Interest Technology University Network Student Creative Arts Contest is an open call for student clubs to use creative expression to reimagine a PIT future that centers community in technology development, innovation, and service delivery.
In keeping with PIT-UN’s mission of advancing the field to benefit communities around the globe, the contest will draw from a wide range of creative perspectives from students across U.S. campuses to show how meaningful co-created design is the only feasible tech future.
PIT-UN will award the following prizes to the winning PIT student club in each of the three categories (2D/3D art, film, and creative writing):
Winners will be notified by email in Jan. 2023. Winning submissions will be included in the Feb. 2023 issue of PIT UNiverse, and on PITcases.org, New America social media channels, and in a winners YouTube video. Additionally, winners may be showcased during the 2023 PIT Week.
Rules and Guidelines
Imagining a PIT Future that centers community.
Open to new or existing PIT student clubs.
Don’t have a PIT student club on campus?
Newly established or existing technology clubs with a PIT frame can enter the contest. Download Tech for Change PIT Student Club Toolkit, a step-by-step guide from Howard University and Boston University, to start a PIT Student Club or add a PIT frame to an existing student club.
All works will be judged on an interpretation of theme and originality through a blind review process.
All submissions, including previously created pieces, are acceptable as long as they are original work.
There are three separate categories: 2D/3D art, creative writing, and video/photography. 2D art includes paintings, drawings, mixed media, digital art or photography. 3D art includes ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, fashion or construction submitted digitally.
Art in 2D or 3D digital form
Creative writing poems, essays & more
Video (max three minutes)
Submission Deadline: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022
How to Enter
Use this form to enter the contest. PDF, JPG, or PNG files are accepted for 2D/3D art, photography, and creative writing submissions. Videos should be no longer than three minutes. There is no cost to enter the competition.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about entering the contest.
What is Public Interest Technology?
At its heart, public interest technology (PIT) helps us better understand people’s needs, so that we can better deliver services and resources. PIT means using your sociotechnical skills and knowledge to develop benefits and tools for the public. Members of the PIT-UN are working together to grow the field by developing new courses, degree programs, research projects and, experiential learning opportunities that will build career pathways across all sectors. Future public interest technologists include traditional technologists like data scientists, designers, and computer scientists as well as entrepreneurs, advocates, and policymakers.
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