Throwing coins into the future
The world, as we all know, is digital and mobile. So it’s possible for a digital mobile campaign to win an Epica Grand Prix in the Outdoor category. The core idea – donating loose change to support a charity – is as old as they get. The difference here is that these were virtual pennies donated via smartphone.
The Microloan Foundation is a charity that encourages women in Africa to set up their own businesses. The giant outdoor site in a UK shopping centre featured portraits of real women made entirely of pennies. Passersby could complete the portraits by texting a donation to the poster – receiving a “thank you” on the billboard in return. When all the virtual pennies had fallen into place, the picture was complete and the donation was large enough to help the woman start her business.
People could also see the donations and evolving portraits on a micro-site, turning the installation into a live interactive event. From just one poster over a single weekend, the charity raised enough money to help 21 women start small businesses.
Many great posters were entered this year. Some of them, arguably, had more artistic merit than this outdoor site. But the jury agreed unanimously that the “Pennies For Life” operation was an idea that represented the future of outdoor communications. That made it a winner – no coin toss required.
DLKW LOWE (UNITED KINGDOM)
|The Microloan Foundation, "Pennies for Life"||26-03580-BC|
Agency (city): DLKW LOWE, London
Creative Director(s): Greg Delaney
Copywriter(s): Richard J Warren
Art Director(s): Paul Hancock
Photographer(s): Oli Kellett
Agency Producer(s): Ally Dean
Executive Creative Directors: Richard Denney & Dave Henderson
Website Design: Jamie Craven & Nick Smith
Account Director: Gabrielle Gribbin
Account Planner: Venetia Sturdy
Animation Production Company: Absolute Post Production
Event Film, Director: The Tubby brothers
Event Film, Production Company: Rogue
Project Manger: Gidon Z Cohen
Technical Production: Grand Visual
The MicroLoan Foundation is a charity that helps women in Africa to set up their own small businesses. Our campaign is called 'Pennies for Life'.
The MicroLoan Foundation is a responsible and non-profit UK microfinance charity that provides microfinance (small loans of on average £70), business education and ongoing mentoring support to impoverished women in sub-Saharan Africa. This provides them with a "hand-up not a hand out" so they can develop self-sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families, and work their own way out of poverty. 99% of the loans are repaid and then recycled in full to help more women year after year.