FOUNDING STORY: We want to hear about your “Aha!” moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution’s potential to change the world.
Brodacastr grew out of an earlier project with the similar goal of bringing narrative into the digital space. In 2009, Andy Hunter and Scott Lindenbaum founded Electric Literature, a quarterly journal for short fiction. The jornal was available in print, on the web, on any e-reader, and as an app. Bringing the tradition of short literary fiction into the digital, mobile space, inspired the question, "What else do we naturally crave, but can’t get in the current technology landscape?"
What was missing was simple, human storytelling. Using mobile technology, including gps location-aware devices, we realized we could deliver meaningful spoken narratives to specific places.
Specify both the depth and scale of your solution’s social impact to date
After launching our website and app only a few months ago, we have tens of thousands of individuals listening to and posting stories. We have given people a way to speak their personal stories, their family and community histories and their feelings in a new way.
Recently, one of our founders shared a story with the rest of the staff. He showed Broadcastr to a friend for the first time. That friend survived the 9/11 attacks, but was unfamiliar with our work or collaboration with the memorial. Opening the app for the first time, this manclicked 9/11 memorial on our app's "featured" tab, and immediately started listening to survivor stories that were resonant with his own experience.
This is a single case, but beyond this project and this person, we've touched tens of thousands of users with tens of thousands of personal narratives. The content ranges from the heartbreaking accounts of 9/11, to children talking about their families, to comedians sharing stories around the country.
What is your projected impact within the next 1-5 years? Is your idea replicable? If so, how?
Our app is free to use, and available across multiple platforms. We hope that more and more people will see the engagement taking place on the platform, and contribute their own voices to the thousands that are already speaking out.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and mark growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
We have had huge engagement rates, and we hope to continue and improve our adoption curve over the next six months.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Our revenue model should be approaching sustainability, and our user base will have expanded to the high hundreds of thousands.