The Columbia University School of the Arts’ Digital Storytelling Lab’s “Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling” awards honor the most innovative approaches to narrative from the past year.


Celebrating the year’s most innovative examples of digitally enabled storytelling.

Columbia’s Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling Awards recognize signal achievements across the wide spectrum of media that rely on digital technologies, including cinema, video, journalism, advertising, marketing, games, art, fiction, virtual reality, and experimental narratives. In citing these accomplishments, the Digital Storytelling Lab hopes to encourage creativity and innovation while furthering digital media’s potential to break free of rigid, industrial-age classifications and evolve in ways that analog media could not.

Winners for 2016 were chosen by members and associates of the Digital Storytelling Lab and were celebrated in a program at Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on Wednesday, April 5. The Lab’s top prize, the Breakthrough Award, went to The Swedish Number, a highly innovative marketing campaign for the Swedish Tourist Association that involved pairing callers from around the world with random Swedes. The VR experience Giant was awarded the Special Jury Prize—a collaborative workshop at the Lab designed to help spur the development of a new project. All 12 projects have been archived in a special online gallery maintained by the Lab.

The Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling are judged by members and associates of the Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab: 

Lance Weiler, Founding Member and Director Columbia DSL, Associate Professor in Practice, Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program

Frank Rose, Lab Member, Awards Administrator, and Senior Fellow, Columbia University School of the Arts

Ira Deutchman, Lab Member and Professor of Applied Practice, Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program

Hilary Brougher, Lab Associate; Associate Professor, Columbia University School of the Arts Film Program 

Kathleen McKeown, Lab Associate and Director, Data Science Institute at Columbia University

Kate Orff, Lab Associate and Director, Urban Design Program at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Mark Hansen, Lab Member and Director, Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia Journalism School

David K. Park, Lab Member and Dean of Strategic Initiatives, Columbia University

Dennis Tenen, Lab Member and Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Rachel Ginsberg, Lab Associate and Partnerships & Strategy, Columbia DSL

Barrie Adleberg, Lab Associate and Interaction Designer, Columbia DSL

Amir Baradaran, Lab Associate and Research Associate, Columbia University Computer Graphics and User Interfaces Lab

Paul Woolmington, Lab Member and Senior Fellow, Columbia University School of the Arts

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