Utah’s Digital Media Industry Ready to Celebrate at Pushbutton 2014

Grow Utah, Zions Bank, and Salt Lake County are just days away from hosting Pushbutton 2014, Utah’s 4th annual premier digital media event. 

From games to animation, special effects to technical tool sets, and video to social campaigns, Pushbutton will celebrate and recognize Utah’s digital media innovators.

Scheduled for November 12th at the Rose Wagner Center in downtown Salt Lake, this year’s event will bring together leaders, students and supporters of all forms and uses of digital media. The event is organized and hosted by Grow Utah, Zions Bank, and Salt Lake County and sponsored by Durham Jones and Pinegar, USTAR, Utah Valley University, EDCUtah, and BoomStartup.

“We are thrilled to co-host this event,” said A. Scott Anderson, President and CEO of Zions Bank. “Utah’s digital media industry is thriving and growing with significant job opportunities available to our tech savvy work force.”

“Salt Lake County has an exceptional talent pool when it comes to digital media,” said Mayor Ben McAdams. “One of my top economic development priorities is to support this growing industry which holds the promise of good-paying jobs for our graduates and fits perfectly in our thriving metropolitan business model.”

Speakers during this year’s event include Jon Dean, former GM of EA Salt Lake; A. Scott Anderson, CEO of Zions Bank; Clark Stacey, CEO of Smartbomb Interactive/ WildWorks; SL County Mayor Ben McAdams; and Bryan Brandenburg, VP of Marketing for Salt Lake Comic Con.

During the program, Bryan Brandenburg of Salt Lake Comic Con will receive the “Best Use of Digital Media” award for the highly successful media campaigns developed for Salt Lake Comic Con. He will share insight into building effective media campaigns and what made his SL Comic Con campaign so popular.

Other Pushbutton events include a $13,000 on-stage competition for Best Digital Media Student Work and Best Digital Media Innovations where selected finalists will pitch their ideas to the crowd to be voted on.  Selected film shorts, exhibits and an industry reception with food and drink will also be part of the evening events.

A special Legacy Award will be given to Clark Stacey founder of Utah based SmartBomb/ WildWorks which has provided leading video games and digital media products for a number of years.

“This year Pushbutton will center on an evening of recognition and awards that promises excitement, competition, innovative presentations, food and entertainment”, said T. Craig Bott, event organizer and CEO of Grow Utah.

Registration and event details can be found at www.PushButtonSummit.com  Due to generous sponsorships, tickets are only $10 this year.