In order to enter the contest, you'll need to sign up. Go it alone to show what makes your passion tick, or team up with your friends. And remember, in addition to our prizes, each of the first 100 entrants gets a $5 coupon for Anna's Taqueria or Dunkin' Donuts! (NOTE: Only one coupon per individual or team member regardless of how many entries submitted; limit of four coupons per team.)
- All entrants must be enrolled MIT students.
- Register in advance (before submissions end on May 14 at midnight).
- We welcome submissions by both individuals and teams (Note: Winning teams will share prizes among members.)
Digital video from any source is acceptable: video cameras, digital cameras, cell phones. Contestants may also borrow video cameras.
- Illustrate the contest theme: "Show the world what you love about engineering and science."
- Format: video and/or other multimedia, such as PowerPoint presentations and photo slide shows.
- Speak to a non-technical audience. (Content that could be deemed offensive or inappropriate for a middle school audience is not admissable.)
- It's nonfiction that's "real" (not PR fluff). No fiction please.
Video length/file size: up to 3 minutes (maximum) and 100 MB.
File formats: .mov, .avi, .wmv, and .m4v
- Be sure to obtain signed releases from individuals featured in your video. Minors appearing in works will need the signature of a parent or guardian. Releases are not required for individuals in public spaces that are incidentally captured on video.
- Verifying that the work contains no copyrighted music, film clips, photos, or other media.
Quality of the content/message is important; quality of the production is less so. However, consider the limitations of your technology (e.g., a narrative with lots of dialogue may not come across well if you're shooting with a cell phone because of poor-quality audio). Check out Tips & Support.
- Profile an inspiring person, program, activity -- even yourself (tell when/why you decided to get into engineering or science, etc.)
- Show "how stuff works" -- how to take apart, build, what's behind everyday things, etc.
- Just for Fun -- blend engineering with art or sports, etc.
- Show that engineering and invention can be for anyone.
- Have fun with the content.
- Show the artful/aesthetic side of engineering and science (i.e. "eye candy" is fine).
- Use video footage and/or photos you took in a class, such as Mechanical Engineering 2.007 or 2.009, or a project. (You could already be a winner!)
- Illustrate themes: working together, making a difference in people's lives, working to help solve an important problem.
- "Only at MIT."
- Demonstrate the design process, especially including the learning points from "failures."
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