Pando PR Tips No. 38

Substacks, NSBA Conf Proposals, eSN, STEM awards, FastCo, Inc, AI Awards, Recommended Podcasts and more

Fast Company: Next Big Things in Tech - Early submission open now
It's a big boost to win an award in FastCo. Submit your products, services, features, research and other efforts that "define the future of the industries they serve." Twenty-five industries and entries submitted by June 21 cost $495 rather than $795 for submitted by July 12. Lock in the lower fee by buying your spot and going back to edit later.

Educators Pick Best of STEM Awards 2024 - Final deadline June 28
This is the only program created for and judged by STEM educators. Entries for Pre-K through higher education. New categories include Best of STEM: Hands-on Learning, Best Use of AI for Teaching & Learning, and CTE Champions: Invention Education. Entry fees: $695 for a single entry, $625 each for 2-4 entries, and $575 each for 5+. ​

Inc. Power Partner Award - Open for submissions until July 12
​Dozens of categories are available here. Power Partner Awards recognizes the companies that help other companies be great. Entries are reviewed by Inc. editors and if your company is named a power partner they receive global recognition. Honorees are featured in the November issue and receive a custom profile page of their firm’s listing on Inc's website. $995 per entry.

The 2024 A.I. Awards - ​ Entries due July 19
An international awards program for innovation in artificial intelligence, there are 22 categories like Most Innovative AI Technology and AI for Good. Cost is $595 for the first entry or enter as many categories for the same product for a flat fee of $795.

2024 Edvocate Awards - Entries due July 31
This year's awards has 33 categories including Best Gamification App or Tool, Best Lesson Planning App or Tool, and Best Higher Education Solution. Entry fee is $399.

National School Boards Association (NSBA) 2025 Conference - Proposals due Aug 2
NSBA 2025 Conference is accepting submissions for speaking slots. Dates: April 4-6 in Atlanta. Topics will focus on the critical interests of school board members including Equity & Inclusion, Innovations in District Operations & Facilities, and Family & Community Engagement. NSBA strongly advises that presentations include at least one school board member on a panel.

eSchool Media Digital Guide - FREE listing available
eSchool News publishes monthly Digital Guides and your company's profile can appear in the index for each guide you select. There is a FREE listing option and enhanced listing option ($500 per month). July's guide focuses on Online & Hybrid Learning Strategies. Apply by June 24.

STEM Magazine Glossy/PDF
​I appreciate a glossy magazine, even one published as a PDF. It feels more real and works better on an iPad or e-reader. STEM Mag is edited and compiled by Wayne Carley. Stories are deep dive case studies from schools or about national curriculum, or in many cases, from a tech companies that are not software like aerospace, automobile, chemical or others. He accepts sponsors for each issue so in theory, you could sponsor an entire issue, distribute it to your contacts and prospects and fill it with stories about your products in action. If you are interested, contact Wayne at

Podcasts and Substack Newsletters
​Need something to read or listen to this summer? Here are some podcasts and Substacks we follow and suggest you consider.

  • Higher Ed Greek - Host Dustin Ramsdell explores the impact of edtech on the student experience.
  • EdTech Bites - Usually while sharing a meal together, host Gabriel Carrillo interviews teachers, leaders, and innovators to discuss the latest trends in educational technology.
  • Better Leaders Better Schools - BLBS podcast is a weekly conversation exploring education and leadership in depth. It is one of the most downloaded shows about educational leadership with an average of 40,000 downloads a month.
  • ThriveinEdu - EdTech Influencer Rachelle Dene Poth hosts this delightful podcast about emerging trends. She also has a great blog.
  • Healthcare Workforce Report - Education Reporter Kristal Kuykendall covers the latest healthcare workforce news, innovations in training and recruiting, hiring and retention trends, and upskilling in this bi-monthly newsletter. Please note: Pando helps produce this newsletter, but Kristal has free reign on all content.

BTW, in May I wrote about Substack newsletters. Please share and comment!

How Substack Newsletters Fit into EdTech Public Relations
Read my article about how Substack newsletters could be part of your EdTech PR mix. I've also shared my favorites.

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