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THE SEMI-FINALISTS

We’re delighted to announce that our semi-finalists are…

On Things We Left Behind - Surer Mohamed

Surer is the daughter of refugees who were forced to leave their home during the Somali Civil War - this is what inspired her podcast idea, a story-driven podcast that explores the scars of war, what it means to lose a home, and how to rebuild. Surer is a PhD Candidate in Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University, where she researches post-conflict reconstruction.

The Boy Problem - Zachary Fortais-Gomm and Elizabeth Campbell

The Boy Problem is an audio drama thriller exploring masculinity in modern society created by Zachary Fortais-Gomm and produced by Elizabeth Campbell. Zachary is a writer, director and the mind behind The Orphans podcast. Elizabeth is a barrister and has been instrumental in podcasts such as Victoriocity and Wooden Overcoats.

The Switch - Marcus Bronzy

Marcus’ podcast finds human stories in the world of technology, focusing on the people who are using tech to “switch things up” in the world we live in, and the way tech affects our everyday lives. Marcus is a TV, radio and podcast presenter and producer.

THE PRIZE AND PROCESS

Each semi-finalist will work with Wisebuddah and Acast to produce a pilot episode.

These three pilots will be made available on Apple Podcasts, the Acast app and other podcast platforms – and listeners will vote for their favourite. The listener vote will be considered by the judges and a winner will be announced.

The winning podcaster will work with Wisebuddah to bring the first series of their production to life! They will host their podcast on Acast and receive launch, content, artwork and promotional support from the Acast team.

 

THE LAUNCHPOD JUDGES

  Jamie Morton, co-host and co-creator of    My Dad Wrote a Porno

Jamie Morton, co-host and co-creator of My Dad Wrote a Porno

  Caroline Crampton, Head of Podcasts    New Statesman   , co-host of    SRSLY    &    podcast newsletter    writer

Caroline Crampton, Head of Podcasts New Statesman, co-host of SRSLY & podcast newsletter writer

  Susie Warhurst, UK Content Director,    Acast

Susie Warhurst, UK Content Director, Acast

  Imriel Morgan,    ShoutOut    network CEO and co-founder, host of    Wanna Be

Imriel Morgan, ShoutOut network CEO and co-founder, host of Wanna Be

  Clare Chadburn, Head of Development,    Wisebuddah

Clare Chadburn, Head of Development, Wisebuddah