Call for Entries! Nominate Your Creative Technology to win a Pitch Trip to Hollywood: Entries due February 28!

Calling all Entertainment Technology in Pittsburgh!

The Pittsburgh Entertainment Technology Project is now accepting entries for the 2011 Pittsburgh-to-Hollywood Awards, presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Design, Art and Technology Awards.

The Pittsburgh Entertainment Technology Project is seeking regional entertainment technology-related companies. The proposal is directed at local businesses, with market-ready products, who are interested in pitching their work to a panel of industry experts, and, ultimately, Hollywood producers.

Award recipients will be announced at Pittsburgh’s 2011 Design, Art and Technology Awards, hosted this year by theCreative Director and Executive Producer of Cirque du Soleil, Lyn Heward – downtown in the Cultural District. The companies producing the most viable products will become finalists and recipients of the award ceremony’s Grand Prize: a West Coast Trade Mission, which includes a trip to Los Angeles to pitch entertainment technology products to a series of producers and industry buyers.

Download the Call for Entries Now

To learn more about the Pittsburgh Entertainment Technology Project and this award, come out to the project launch event on January 27, 2011 at CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center! Details Here

“The Comet & The Tornado” Hits Book Stores Today

Carnegie Mellon University’s Don Marinelli recounts the cofounding of the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) with the late Professor Randy Pausch in his just-released book, “The Comet & The Tornado.”

Marinelli traces the ETC’s cofounding with Pausch –who would become an international media star and best-selling author with his “Last Lecture” — and offers personal insight into their yin-yang relationship.

The book is receiving stellar reviews from notables that include Anthony Daniels of Star Wars; Bud Yorkin, TV and Film producer; and Bing Gordon, Co-Founder of Electronic Arts.

It even comes with an interactive DVD. Get more info here.