Submit a Connect Application

  • Early Deadline: May 10  [Fee: $25]
  • Regular Deadline: June 7  [Fee: $35]
  • Late Deadline: July 12  [Fee: $45]
  • Cucalorus Festival: Nov 7-11, 2018

Submissions have ended for Cuc24. Please check back in December to submit for Cuc25!

Cucalorus Connect is a technology conference held November 8-9, 2018 as one of the three main components of the newly re-branded Cucalorus Festival in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.

The catalyst for Cucalorus Connect is the digital transformation that has changed the ways we live, work, and play. It has touched every aspect of the global economy and is driven by bold new traded sector companies. Innovative entrepreneurs from around the world join regional startups for connection, sharing, and collaboration through a two-day schedule packed with captivating keynotes, engaging breakouts, and interactive programs like the 10x10 Challenge and Rocket Pitches.

The Cucalorus Connect Conference is focused on exploring economic development with a refreshing approach to place-based event branding that enhances our quality of place, delivers an incredible quality of experience, and attracts today’s most sought after traded-sector employers. Unlike the escapist entertainment and educational practices of the 20th century, Cucalorus hosts interactive events that enhance, explode, and empower our experience of reality.

The film industry is a great example of how traded-sector employment drives economic development, employing highly skilled workers who earn premium wages. As a function of how the economy of film production works, they often have three or more different employers within one year. If you want a prime example of how the emerging “Gig Economy” works, just take a look at the film industry. In fact, Cucalorus is a special byproduct of this intersection between the gig economy and traded-sector employment, one of the many reasons for the organization’s seamless evolution from a grass-roots cultural organization into a foundation focused on economic development.

Submission Requirements

  1.  Completed entry form for each submission via our Online Entry Form.
  2.   The applicable entry fee paid via Paypal or check.

Cucalorus Connect Categories

Keynote Speaker: Provides new, valuable content in the form of a speech, presentation, or fireside chat during an all-conference session in our largest venue. All-conference sessions generally run 90 minutes but keynote speeches vary from 20-45 minutes.

Breakout Session: Panel discussion or workshop, which provides an activity that teaches a skill or offers a chance to experiment with new concepts. Breakout sessions generally run 60 minutes in rooms with 30-70 people.

Rocket Pitch: Offers start-ups a chance to earn initial funding to launch new ideas into the marketplace, through a 2-5 minutes presentation.

10x10 Challenge: Pairs ten filmmakers with ten entrepreneurs and challenges each team to make a video together during the week of the Cucalorus Festival. Final videos are screened for audiences on Sunday, November 11. Businesses must be 3 years or younger to apply. We accept filmmakers at all levels of experience.

Branded Video Showcase: Original, creative content from successful brands. Examples: commercials, product demos, films funded by corporations, etc. Submit through the Cucalorus Film Entry Form.

Virtual Reality: We accept completed films or other VR experiences, as well as demos for new gear, headsets, and games. Please indicate if you can provide your own equipment. Submit through the Cucalorus Film Entry Form.