Student Branch Video Contest
“The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Invent it” – Alan Kay
With every passing day, new information is added to the foundation of knowledge, leaving an unforgettable legacy and helping us improve the technologies that shape our future.
In what direction are these technologies leading? What does the future have in store for us?
Your Challenge, should your Student Branch Chapter choose to accept it –
Create a video that highlights the past, present, and/or future of technology that demonstrates how technology has or will:
- Change society
- Change civilization
- Improve lives
- Solve problems
- Impact the future
This is a freeform competition and you are encouraged to collaborate and be creative. Your videos will be shared across the IEEE Computer Society and it’s communities throughout the anniversary year.
Deadline: 28 February 2021
To enter, complete the form below and submit your video
Videos will be added to the IEEE Computer Society YouTube channel. Judging will be crowdsourced, meaning the top three videos with the most views, likes, and shares by 15 March win!
Prizes and Recognition
Prizes are awarded to the winning chapters to fund chapter activities. Students involved in the creation of the video will be recognized on Computer.org and
First Place Prize – $1,000
Second Place Prize – $500
Third Place Prize – $250
Video Preparation Instructions
- Aspect ratio: 16:9
- Resolution: at minimum, 720p (1280 x 720px)
Codec, container, frame rate etc.: Follow the recommended settings for YouTube upload. We also allow settings other than the recommended ones as long as they are accepted by YouTube.
- Video type: We accept regular videos but also other video types accepted by YouTube such as 360 videos, 3D videos, or VR videos. However, these videos need to be formatted so that they are ready for upload.
- Video length: While we do not require a specific video length, we recommend that your video is around 2-3 minutes to allow for a sufficient introduction of your work and that the video does not exceed 5 minutes to avoid overly long introductions (you’re welcome to point to a longer video available elsewhere).
Required video content
Please make sure that your video contains the following items:
- Video length – Videos should be at least 30-seconds long, but should not exceed 2.5 minutes in length.
- Good quality voice-over or background music. Sound quality is crucial for the overall impact of a video recording. If you’re going to do voice-over, we recommend that you:
- Find a quiet room to eliminate background noises – whether people in the room, the air conditioner, snack bags rustling, etc. If you run into a noisy situation, pause the recording and address the issue before starting over before the point at which the noise started.
- Sound check. Plug some headphones into your camera so you can hear what the camera is hearing and adjust the volume as necessary. Do a quick sound check before starting to set the sound levels in advance.
- Microphones. If you can afford one, a lavalier microphone that clips on the speaker’s lapel and runs straight into your camera is a great option to hear only the subject, rather than everything else that’s going on in the background.
We require that your video does NOT contain any of the following items:
- Any images, sounds, or music for which you do not hold the copyright or the rights to use. You can, however, use Creative Commons content such as music available at ccMixter or Newgrounds.
- Sensitive, private, or proprietary information that cannot be disclosed at publication time.
- Language, viewpoints, or imagery that may cause offense to any individuals or groups.
Submit your Video File:
Submit your video here. The file name should include your first name, last name, and submission date. Eg. jane_smith_01-01-21.mov. After you have uploaded the video to Dropbox, type the file name into this field so that we can cross reference this application with the appropriate video file.
General Terms and Conditions
NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT IMPROVE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING.
Sponsor: The IEEE Computer Society, 10662 Los Vaqueros Circle, Los Alamitos, CA, USA 90720-1314 (“Sponsor”)
Eligibility: Contest is open to residents of the United States of America and other countries, where permitted by local law, who are the age of eighteen (18) and older. Employees of the IEEE Computer Society, its agents, affiliates and their immediate families are not eligible to enter the Contest. Entrants may be subject to rules imposed by their institution or employer relative to their participation in contests and should check with their institution or employer for any relevant policies. Void where prohibited by law.
Agreement to Official Rules: By participating in this contest, entrants agree to abide by the terms and conditions thereof as established by the IEEE Computer Society. The IEEE Computer Society reserves the right to alter any of these Official Rules at any time and for any reason. All decisions made by the IEEE Computer Society concerning the Contest including, but not limited to the cancellation of the Contest, shall be final and at its sole discretion.
Entry Period: This Contest commences on January 1, 2021 and ends January 31, 2021 (“Entry Period”). The IEEE Computer Society’s server is the official clock for the Contest. Entries received before or after the entry period are void.
How To Enter: Submit your video entry along with your application.
THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES THAT MAY BE SUBMITTED BY A STUDENT BRANCH
Only entries submitted in accordance with these Official Rules will be eligible for consideration. No alternate means of entry permitted. All entries become the exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned.
Selection of Winner: All selected entries will be added to the Sponsor YouTube channel. The videos with the most likes will be the first place winner. The video with the second most likes will be the second place winner. The video with the third most likes will be the third place winner. In the event of a tie, the videos with the most total views will win.
Prize: The prize(s) for the Contest are being sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society. Prize winner(s) (the “Prize Winner(s)”) shall receive $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, or $250 for third place (the “Prize”) payable to the student branch chapter. The Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize or prize component of equal or greater value in its sole discretion for any reason at time of award. The IEEE Computer Society shall not be responsible for service obligations or warranty (if any) in relation to the prize(s). Prize may not be transferred prior to award. All other expenses associated with use of the prize, including, but not limited to local, state, or federal taxes on the Prize, are the sole responsibility of the winner. Winner(s) understand that delivery of a prize may be void where prohibited by law and agrees that the IEEE Computer Society shall have no obligation to substitute an alternate prize when so prohibited.
Notification of Potential Prize Winners: The Prize Winners will be notified by e-mail within 14 days of the selection date. If a Prize Winner does not acknowledge acceptance of the Prize within 14 business days after being notified that he or she is a Prize Winner, or if a potential Prize Winner does not return the signed claim forms within the required time, or is otherwise found to be ineligible or not in full compliance with these Official Rules, another Prize Winner will be chosen using the same procedure specified above. Potential Prize Winner may be asked to execute and return to the IEEE Computer Society a declaration of eligibility and liability/publicity release, where lawful, within fourteen (14) days of attempted notification. Winner may waive the right to receive the prize. The decisions of the IEEE Computer Society are final and binding in all respects.
Release, Publicity, and Privacy: By receipt of the Prize and/or, if requested, by signing an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release, the Prize Winner consents to the use of his or her name, likeness, business name and address by the IEEE Computer Society for advertising and promotional purposes, including but not limited to on the IEEE Computer Society’s social media pages, without any additional compensation, except where prohibited. No entries will be returned. All entries become the property of the IEEE Computer Society. The Prize Winner agrees to release and hold harmless the IEEE Computer Society and its officers, directors, employees, affiliated companies, agents, successors and assigns from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Contest.
The IEEE Computer Society assumes no responsibility for computer system, hardware, software or program malfunctions or other errors, failures, delayed computer transactions or network connections that are human or technical in nature, or for damaged, lost, late, illegible or misdirected entries; technical, hardware, software, electronic or telephone failures of any kind; lost or unavailable network connections; fraudulent, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions whether caused by the IEEE Computer Society, the users, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Contest; or by any technical or human error that may occur in the processing of submissions or downloading, that may limit, delay or prevent an entrant’s ability to participate in the Contest.
The IEEE Computer Society reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel or suspend this contest and award a prize from entries received up to the time of termination or suspension should virus, bugs or other causes beyond the IEEE Computer Society’s control, unauthorized human intervention, malfunction, computer problems, phone line or network hardware or software malfunction, which, in the sole opinion of the IEEE Computer Society, corrupt, compromise or materially affect the administration, fairness, security or proper play of the contest or proper submission of entries. The IEEE Computer Society is not liable for any loss, injury or damage caused, whether directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from downloading data or otherwise participating in this Contest. Right to Use Entries: By entering the Contest, entrants grant the IEEE Computer Society a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide right and license to reproduce, publish, display, edit and otherwise use the submitted Entries, and entrant’s full name and city and state/province/country of residence, photograph, likeness, voice and institutional affiliation, in print or any offline or online and other media for purposes of editorials, exhibition, advertising, publicity and promotion without additional compensation or permission, unless prohibited by law.
Representations and Warranties Regarding Entries: By submitting an Entry, you represent and warrant that your Entry does not and shall not comprise, contain, or describe, as determined in the IEEE Computer Society’s sole discretion: (A) false statements or any misrepresentations of your affiliation with a person or entity; (B) personally identifying information about you or any other person; (C) statements or other content that is false, deceptive, misleading, scandalous, indecent, obscene, unlawful, defamatory, libelous, fraudulent, tortious, threatening, harassing, hateful, degrading, intimidating, or racially or ethnically offensive; (D) conduct that could be considered a criminal offense, could give rise to criminal or civil liability, or could violate any law; (E) any advertising, promotion or other solicitation, or any third party brand name or trademark; or (F) any virus, worm, Trojan horse, or other harmful code or component. By submitting an Entry, you represent and warrant that you own the full rights to the Entry and have obtained any and all necessary consents, permissions, approvals and licenses to submit the Entry and comply with all of these Official Rules, and that the submitted Entry is your sole original work, has not been previously published, released or distributed, and does not infringe any third-party rights or violate any laws or regulations.
Limitations of Liability/Reserved Rights: Neither the IEEE Computer Society, its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies, nor its advertising or promotional agencies shall have any obligation, liability or responsibility with regard to (i) entries that contain incorrect or inaccurate information or do not comply with these Official Rules, (ii) entries, prize claims or notifications that are lost, late, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, damaged or otherwise not received by the intended recipient, in whole or in part, due to computer, technical or other error of any kind, (iii) telephone, electronic, hardware, software, network, Internet or computer malfunctions, failures or difficulties of any kind, (iv) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the IEEE Computer Society that may cause the Contest to be disrupted or delayed, (v) any printing or typographical errors in these Official Rules or any other materials associated with the Contest, or (vi) any damages or losses of any kind caused by any prize or resulting from participation in the Contest, accessing, uploading or downloading data in connection with the Contest, or acceptance, possession or use of any prize. The IEEE Computer Society, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any entrant tampering with or abusing the entry process or the operation of the Contest or otherwise violating these Official Rules. The IEEE Computer Society, in its sole discretion, further reserves the right to cancel, terminate, suspend or modify the Contest if the Contest cannot be completed as planned because of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort and to select a winner from among eligible entries unaffected by such event, if any.
Disputes: EACH ENTRANT AGREES THAT: (1) ANY AND ALL DISPUTES, CLAIMS, AND CAUSES OF ACTION ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THIS CONTEST, OR ANY PRIZES AWARDED, SHALL BE RESOLVED INDIVIDUALLY, WITHOUT RESORTING TO ANY FORM OF CLASS ACTION, PURSUANT TO ARBITRATION CONDUCTED UNDER THE COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION RULES OF THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION THEN IN EFFECT, (2) ANY AND ALL CLAIMS, JUDGMENTS AND AWARDS SHALL BE LIMITED TO ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS INCURRED, INCLUDING COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ENTERING THIS CONTEST, BUT IN NO EVENT ATTORNEYS’ FEES; AND (3) UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ANY ENTRANT BE PERMITTED TO OBTAIN AWARDS FOR, AND ENTRANT HEREBY WAIVES ALL RIGHTS TO CLAIM, PUNITIVE, INCIDENTAL, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, AND ANY OTHER DAMAGES, OTHER THAN FOR ACTUAL OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES, AND ANY AND ALL RIGHTS TO HAVE DAMAGES MULTIPLIED OR OTHERWISE INCREASED. ALL ISSUES AND QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CONSTRUCTION, VALIDITY, INTERPRETATION AND ENFORCEABILITY OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES, OR THE RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF ENTRANT AND SPONSOR IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONTEST, SHALL BE GOVERNED BY, AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH, THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY, WITHOUT GIVING EFFECT TO ANY CHOICE OF LAW OR CONFLICT OF LAW, RULES OR PROVISIONS (WHETHER OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY OR ANY OTHER JURISDICTION) THAT WOULD CAUSE THE APPLICATION OF THE LAWS OF ANY JURISDICTION OTHER THAN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY. SPONSOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TYPOGRAPHICAL OR OTHER ERROR IN THE PRINTING OF THE OFFER OR ADMINISTRATION OF THE CONTEST OR IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE PRIZES.
Contest Results and Official Rules: To obtain the identity of the Prize Winner and/or a copy of these Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Michelle Tubb, The IEEE Computer Society, 10662 Los Vaqueros Circle, Los Alamitos, CA, USA 90720-1314.