Submit a Short Video on Grand Challenges for Engineering and Enter to Win a Trip to London

WASHINGTON, January 9, 2013 – The Global Grand Challenges Summit is a major new initiative by the national academies of engineering in the UK, the US, and China. The summit will bring together leading international thinkers and innovators to explore new approaches to solving some of the most pressing challenges of the 21st century, on themes ranging from sustainability to health care, from driving growth and employment to protecting our planet.

In conjunction with the Global Grand Challenges Summit, each of the academies is running a short video competition for entrants 18-27 years old in the US, the UK, and China. Each competition will have its own judging process and prizes. Each academy will select its own competition winner to be screened at the Global Grand Challenges Summit in London, UK on March 12-13 2013. The winning contestants (maximum of two representatives per video) will be invited as guests to the Summit.

This short video competition is calling for creative entrants to produce a video highlighting the importance of engineering and how engineers can collaborate with other professions to solve (a) one of the challenges articulated by the National Academy of Engineering in its NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering program or (b) a challenge within one of the related Summit themes: Sustainability, Education, Enriching Life, Technology and Growth, Resilience.

The video should include data that supports ideas presented.

The competition is open to short videos (no longer than two minutes) of all production techniques and genres, such as drama, animation, documentary, experimental or artist video, and hybrid work. The video may be shot with a full crew or with a mobile phone, it may be serious or amusing. However you choose to produce your video, it should be thought provoking.

Eligible entries, whether selected as a winner or not, may be made available through the Global Grand Challenges Summit’s dedicated YouTube/Vimeo channel.

Deadline for submissions is midnight February 3, 2013, EST.

The National Academy of Engineering is an independent, nonprofit institution. Its members consist of the nation’s premier engineers, who are elected by their peers for seminal contributions to engineering. The academy provides leadership and guidance to government on the application of engineering resources to social, economic, and security problems. Established in 1964, NAE operates under the congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences in 1863.