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Sponsors, OneSeventeen Media and the Young Minds Digital Times teams thank our valued sponsors, judges, and volunteers for their tireless effort in helping make this opportunity a reality for kids across the globe. 

Studio Chiefs

(Donations $35,000+ ) 

Converge Magazine 

For more than 10 years, Converge magazine has documented education technology advancements with our award-winning editorial. Through interviews and events with government and education officials, we've gained a deeper appreciation for the vital role that a truly effective education plays in shaping the future fortunes of individuals, regions, nations and the world as a whole. 

It is clear that education is destiny. By this, we mean that the way we educate our children today has a profound effect on our nation's tomorrow. 

To that end, Converge has broadened its mission; it now engages the factors central to what we call sustainable education. This means that Converge is moving the conversation beyond ed tech to include the wider range of factors central to both 21st century learning and a 21st century civilization.

OneSeventeen Media 

We know kids are smart, savvy technology users. Our mission is to provide relevant tools to help them navigate their environment in a respectful, responsible and confident way to become successful, productive members of society. We're passionate about giving kids a voice and validating their opinions. 

The foundation of OneSeventeen Media's corporate philosophy as a company formed by social venture entrepreneurs is building a culture of "doing good and doing well" both internally as well as out in the community. Through this commitment, we're honored to co-produce the Young Minds Digital Times Youth Film Competition in partnership with KidThrive and Converge magazine.


Executive Producers

(Donations $10,000 - $34,999) 


Green Lighters

(Donations $5,000 - $9,999) 


Moujaes is a privately-held media and entertainment enterprise. We own, hold interests and invest in animation studios, content production companies, and online properties. Our company is committed to producing the best in original kids entertainment through the development of brilliant original properties and amazing storytelling.



(Donations $2,500 - $4,999) 

TechCorps Texas


TECH CORPS Texas is a Houston-based 501(c)3 social enterprise dedicated to enhancing education through technology in order to help ensure that todayís students complete their education and are prepared to compete in the global workforce.


Film Friendlies

(Donations less than $2500) 

SXSW Film Conference and Festival


The SXSW Film Conference and Festival is a uniquely creative environment featuring the dynamic convergence of talent, smart audiences and industry heavyweights. A hotbed of discovery and interactivity, the event offers lucrative networking opportunities and immersion into the art and business of the rapidly evolving world of independent film.


Your audience has learned to filter out the trendy buzzwords. They can sense true innovation. They demand something compelling. Something engaging. Since 1998, Sybilmedia has been relied upon to deliver that experience through web, new media, 3D animation, interactive content and more. We combine design, animation, and the internet with technology, insight and marketing prowess to produce impactful solutions for our clients. Our team of artists, programmers, and engineers develop solutions that can be found anywhere from corporate boardrooms to acclaimed museums across the globe. At Sybilmedia, it's not about breaking the rules. It's about writing new ones.



Manor New Tech High School 

Manor New Technology High School (MNTHS), located in the city of Manor (just outside Austin, Texas), has a mission to prepare students for the global society through the articulation of mathematics, science and technology. MNTHS strives to provide a rigorous, well-rounded education with an emphasis in mathematics, science and technology core curriculums; establish a personalized college and work ready culture that promotes increased post-secondary educational opportunities; provide innovative instructional focus for teachers and leadership; and strengthen the community involvement in order to create partnerships for programs and internship opportunities for students and teachers. 

MNTHS is modeled after an existing New Tech High School in Sacramento, CA, and project-based learning (PBL) is the major vehicle of instruction. PBL is based on the fact that students learn better when they see relevance of skills or content. PBL is an approach that presents curricular objectives, based on state standards, as a search for relevant or useful knowledge or skills.


Production Assistants

Springboard Works


Shelley Roth, founder and president of Springboard Works, is a trusted and sought after sales executive, trainer, speaker and consultant helping individuals, organizations and teams improve effectiveness and produce results. Shelley is recognized for her ability to motivate and inspire people to excel both individually and professionally. After several years as the CEO of Springboard Ventures, Inc., which successfully launched businesses and transitioned them to profitability, Shelley added a division to her company, Springboard Works. Springboard's methodologies and services are based on over 20 years of successful business development, sales, training and educational leadership of individuals, early stage companies and Fortune 500 corporations. Most recently Springboard has been providing workshops and strategic marketing plans for incorporating social networking tools, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Blogs, into current sales and marketing initiatives.