Over the last few weeks a serious amount of work effort has been put into this project from everybody involved in our team. I think I must have received about 200 email notifications from our SEAT Facebook group before I realised how to turn them off (and that was a week ago, so I don’t know how many emails I would have had by now otherwise!). We’ve spent hours ringing people to ask for permission to use their materials, to ask for feedback on the feasibility of our ideas, arranging our pitch presentation, and arranging everything else in between. As you have probably gathered by now, I won’t be disclosing any information about the actual content of our idea… The competition is still underway after all, and who knows who could be snooping on this blog for tips?
As our group stayed up as late as humanly possible on Tuesday night to work on the presentation (a special mention to the 4.30am brigade!) it was time to get some sleep with the train departing from Newcastle at 11am, meaning an 8am wake-up call.
The delay to our train meant that we faced a race against time to get to our timeslot on schedule. We had been given about an hour after our train arrived to get to the meeting, but the delay slashed that time to about 5 minutes. With no time to get anything to eat (with most of us not having eaten since 8.30am) we went straight from the Underground to our 3.30pm timeslot.
When we arrived at the MediaCom offices our fatigue was quickly forgotten as we were welcomed into truly impressive surroundings. After a quick pep talk from David (from SEAT), we did not really have any time to get nervous as we were ready to go in and pitch. In hindsight the lack of time to think probably helped with the nerves!
So there we were. Nine University students stood with a presentation in front of media experts that we knew we had to impress. I must say that once the pitch began I was delighted to see everyone perform to their best – the hard work genuinely seemed to pay off. The pitch went as well on our part as we had planned, and we were all relieved that nobody passed out or broke down in tears!
After the pitch came the questions, and this is where I think we really showed the fact that every member of our team had put in maximum effort into the project because for each question they had, there were several of us itching to answer. For me this shows that everybody in our group knew our campaign through and through, and it was a real team effort, which is both surprising and pleasing considering that none of us had met before this competition began!
I don’t want to tempt fate by trying to analyse the judges reactions to our pitch, but fingers crossed they liked us enough to take us through to the next round – a £5000 budget to put our ideas into motion. I believe we find out tomorrow too, so with that in mind there may be a short blog entry tomorrow with the news. Depending on how good or bad it is it could be a particularly enthusiastic or depressed entry, so be warned!!