Challenge Guidelines

 

 
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Challenge Overview and Description
The Ocean 180 Video Challenge is sponsored by the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE Florida) and is designed to encourage ocean scientists to share their discoveries and excitement for research with the students and the public.
 
We challenge scientists to bring their latest research papers to life in a short video that not only summarizes the important findings but also highlights the relevance, meaning, and implications of the research to persons outside their discipline.  Although the videos will be initially judged by a panel of scientists and communication experts, the final winners will be selected by a diverse, and often very critical and discerning, group of potential-future ocean scientists – 6th-8th graders from classrooms all over the globe.
 
 
What is an Ocean 180 video abstract?
An ocean 180 video abstract is a short (180 second) video summarizing the results of a recently published study on any ocean-science related topic.  Videos must be based on a single publication with a publication (either online or in print) date between January 1, 2008 and December 1, 2013.  Videos that are based on manuscripts that are under consideration for publication (in review or in press) are not eligible.
 
 
What are the prizes? 
The top three video abstracts will receive cash prizes of $3,000 (1st place), $2,000 (2nd Place) and $1,000 (3rd Place).  The winners will be announced at the end of February and the names of the winners will be published on the COSEE Florida and the Ocean 180 Challenge website.  Winners will be encouraged to participate in a post-challenge video webinar with student judges to be held in March 2013.
 
 
When is the deadline for entries?
All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. PT on December 1, 2013. 
Entries consist of:
 
   1.   Video abstract that is a maximum of 180 sec (3 min) in length;
   2.   900 character (including spaces; ~150 words) abstract/summary that is based on the one published with the paper but is designed for a general/non-scientific audience, and
   3.   Signed COSEE Florida Multimedia Permission and Use of Copyrighted Material Form.
 
 
Who is eligible to submit an entry?
Ocean scientists, including undergraduate and graduate students, are eligible to submit an entry.  Entries can be submitted by individuals or teams.  Individual entrants or team leaders must be (1) affiliated with a U.S.-based institution at the time of submission and (2) a coauthor of the original published paper. Remaining team members and coauthors may be affiliated with U.S. or non-U.S. institutions. There is no limit to the number of entries that may be submitted by a single scientist, but an individual entrant cannot submit more than one video entry per publication.
 
 
How are the winning videos selected?
Initial screening and selection of the top 10 videos will be conducted between December 2-30, 2013 by a panel of scientists and communication experts, including representatives from academia, industry, and government.  Entries will be judged using a rubric that takes into account both the content and technical quality of the video, including creativity, visual impact, clarity, language, and relevance (see Appendix I).  The top three video abstracts will be selected by 6th-8th grade students (~10-13 years old) in registered classrooms around the world.  Teachers will be able to register their classes to participate in the video judging between October 15 and December 15, 2013.  Each class will be eligible to vote for up to three (3) videos from the ten finalists.  The three videos that receive the most votes will be awarded cash prizes.
 
 
How do students sign-up to select the winning videos and who is eligible?
Teachers from all types of schools (public, private, homeschool) are eligible to register their classes to participate. Online registration will be available on the Ocean 180 website (www.ocean180.org) from October 15-December 15, 2013.  Individual teachers are eligible to register up to eight (8) classes to participate as judges and each class can vote for up to three (3) videos from the list of finalists. Voting packets containing ballots and instructions for accessing the videos will be distributed to registered classes between December 15, 2013 and January 3, 2014.  The top ten (10) videos will be available for online viewing and judging starting on January 3, 2014.  Teachers are required to submit the ballots for their class(es) online by 11:59 p.m. PT on February 1, 2014. Participating classes will be eligible to join a post-competition video webinar with the winning scientists in March 2014.
 
   
How are video abstracts submitted?
All video abstracts should be submitted online using the Ocean 180 website (www.ocean180.org) by the submission deadline.  Entries by mail or email are not permitted.  The maximum file size is 1GB and recommended resolution is at least 720p (1280 x 720 pixel), standard (4:3) or widescreen (16:9). The preferred format is MPEG-4 (.mp4), but other acceptable video formats include Quicktime (.mov), Windows AVI (.avi), Windows Media (.wmv).  All video entries must include the 5-second Ocean 180 Video Challenge splash (leader) at the beginning of the video. The video splash is available for download on the Oceans 180 website.  Videos cannot exceed 180 seconds, including the Ocean 180 splash and any acknowledgements/credits.
 
 
What is the timeline for submission and judging of the video abstracts?
  October1, 2013                          Ocean 180 Video Challenge Announced
  October 15, 2013                       Ocean 180 Video Challenge Submission Portal Open
  December 1, 2013                      Video Abstract Deadline (11:59 p.m. PT)
  December 2-30, 2013                  Judging Wave 1: Selection of Top 10 Videos by Panel of Judges
  January 3, 2014                          Videos of Finalists Available for Viewing
  January 3-February 1, 2014          Judging Wave 2: Judging and Voting by Student Judges
  February 1, 2014                         Student Voting Ends (11:59 p.m. PT)
  Late February 2014                     Winners Announced
  March 2014                                 Video Webinar with Winning Scientists/Teams
 
 
Video Release and Use of Copyrighted Material
By-nc-nd bwEach entrant (individual or team) certifies, through the submission of a video to the contest, that the entry is his/her own original creative work and does not violate or infringe on the creative work of others, as protected under U.S. copyright law. 
 
Upon submission of materials, entrants agree that no further permission is needed to publically share their entry associated with their name and other data collected as part of the submission process.  Moreover, at the time of submission, all contestants must complete a Oceans 180 Video Permission and Use of Copyrighted Material Form (Appendix II) and agree to license their video submission under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).  Information regarding the terms of this Creative Commons license is available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/legalcode
 
 
 
Additional Contest Rules
  • Entries must be based upon a single, peer-reviewed study published between January 1, 2008 and November 30, 2013.
  • All entrants and team members (contestants) must be 18 years-of-age or older.
  • Video abstracts cannot exceed 180 seconds in duration, including the 5 second Ocean 180 leader/splash, acknowledgements, and credits. The maximum file size is 1GB.
  • Contest entry constitutes agreement to adhere to the rules and stipulations set forth by the contest coordinators and sponsors.
  • Any entrant or entry found to be in violation of any rule will be disqualified from the competition.
  • Each entrant certifies, through submission to the contest, that the entry is his or her own original creative work and does not violate or infringe on the creative work of others, as protected under U.S. copyright law.
  • By entering the contest, the entrant agrees to hold harmless COSEE Florida and its partners for all legal and administrative claims, to include associated expenses that may arise from any claims related to his or her submission or its use.
  • As a condition of their entry into the contest, entrants agree to complete and submit a COSEE Florida Multimedia Permission and Use of Copyrighted Material Form.  In addition, entrants agree to license their video submission under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). 
  • Upon submission of materials, entrants agree that no further permission is needed to publically share their entry associated with their name and other data collected as part of the submission process.
  • COSEE Florida reserves the right to use entrants’ and winners’ names and entries for educational, publicity, and/or promotional purposes, including the exhibition of winning entries on its website and elsewhere.  It is understood that the entries will be shared with reporters covering these awards and for promotion of the contest itself.
  • Winners are responsible for all taxes or other fees connected with the prize received.
  • Prize money will be awarded to the team leaders of the winning entries.  Any sharing or redistribution of the prize money will be at the discretion of the team leader.
  • COSEE Florida, the contest coordinators, and member of the steering committee will not respond to any claims or inquiries regarding contest results.
  • COSEE Florida, the contest coordinators, and the steering committee have the final say on any point or condition not outlined in the contest guidelines and rules.
  • COSEE Florida personnel and staff and their relatives are not eligible to enter the contest.
  • Students, employees, and staff affiliated with COSEE Florida partner organizations (Indian River State College, Smithsonian Marine Field Station in Ft. Pierce, Florida Institute of Technology, and Ocean Research and Conservation Association) are not eligible to enter the contest.
  • Contest judges are not eligible to enter the contest.
  • COSEE Florida reserves the right to modify or cancel the contest prior to announcing winners.
  • All contestants agree that they, their heirs, and estates shall hold harmless COSEE Florida and its partner organizations for any and all injuries and/or claims arising from participation in this contest.
  • A team leader must be designated for team submissions.  The order in which names are listed on the entry form is how the names will appear on contest website.
  • Videos must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, defamatory, slanderous, or libelous.
  • Videos must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred, or harm against any group or individual, or that promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or age.
  • Videos must not contain material that violates any applicable law.
 

 

By the Numbers

During the 2014 Ocean 180 Video Challenge, 30,975 students participated as judges in 48 US states, Washington, D.C., US Virgin Islands, and 13 countries.

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