Teens have the power to influence other teens in many positive ways, including safe driving. Distracted driving is now believed to be involved in more than 50% of serious teen crashes. So what can teens do to keep themselves and their peers safe from distracted driving crashes? Teens can take their energy, enthusiasm and imagination to create life-saving messages that will resonate with other teens to make distracted driving socially unacceptable.
Students from SADD affiliated high schools and colleges are eligible to submit videos up to 1 minute in length, or memes/GIFs (less than 10 seconds) that focus on the topics set forth below. The contest includes elementary and middle school students, who may submit memes or Gifs. Separate prizes will be awarded for college and high school student videos and memes, and middle school and elementary school memes as set forth below.
The following are suggested issues that can be explored for contest submissions. One of the judging criteria will be the extent to which the suggested issues are referenced, utilized or incorporated into submissions. It is not likely that students who submit entries that are not responsive will be considered for the 1st place prizes. Where studies or surveys are cited students may, but are not required, to refer to those studies or surveys.
There will be three winners for the video contest and five winners for the meme/GIF contest. Prizes for each are listed below.
Video Contest Prizes
Meme/GIF Contest Prizes
Judges will include:
Lear Corporation, our incredible sponsor for this year’s contest, will have thousands of its employees view and judge all of the semi-finalists. Lear’s representative judge, Elizabeth Christie, will cast her vote reflecting the consensus of Lear employees.
Ryan McMahon is the Vice President of Insurance and Government Affairs at Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), the world’s largest smartphone telematics provider, powering 65 programs around the globe with leading insurers, automotive manufacturers and mobile network operators. At CMT Ryan’s focus is on supporting the company’s external stakeholders to deliver on the mission of making the world’s roads and drivers safer. Prior to joining CMT, Ryan spent 15 years in the insurance industry.
Emily Stein is the President of Safe Roads Alliance, a nonprofit in road safety that was founded in 2006. Emily entered the road safety field after her father was tragically killed by a distracted driver in 2011. Safe Roads is the publisher of The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program, a free resource for parents of teen drivers that is currently distributed in 28 states. A member of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, Safe Roads Alliance works with other transportation advocacy groups to fight for safer roads for everyone. They also partnered with EndDD.org to develop a program for elementary students called “Kids Speaking Up for Road Safety” which is ready to launch this spring! Emily is also an RN, and holds a Masters in Public Health.
If your school does not have a SADD chapter start one! It’s easy to do, doesn’t cost anything and is a great addition to any school. Click here to learn how to form a SADD chapter in your high school and middle school.
Ownership of Submitted Videos and Memes/GIFs and Rights for Future Use by Contest Sponsors
By submitting videos and/or memes/GIFs, entrants unconditionally and irrevocably assign all rights and ownership, including copyrights, existing now or which may accrue in the future, to the contest sponsors and agree that contest sponsors may use the videos and memes/GIFs without limitation and in any fashion that sponsors choose, including but not limited to websites, in social media, educational presentations locally and nationally, promotional materials or for any other purpose and use desired by contest sponsors. Entrants also agree that contest sponsors, or their designees, may without limitation, edit, or modify the video or meme/GIF, including the title of same and advertise or publish the video or meme/GIF without entrant(s)’ approval and for no additional compensation beyond contest prizes. Entrants will have full rights to use their submissions beginning five(5) days after contest winners are announced. Contest sponsors will provide attribution to entrants in a manner of their choosing in the event of their use.
Notification of Winners and Payment of Prizes
Winners will be notified in May 2020 by e-mail to the address used by entrants for their submissions. In past years some students submitted entries using an e-mail that was not frequently checked. Please submit and e-mail that you will use, or an e-mail for your faculty advisor so there will not be a delay in notifying winners. If winning entrants are under the age of 18, or parents or legal guardians will be required to execute final releases before payment of prizes.
Originality of Submissions and Prohibition of Using Protected Materials or Music
By submitting videos and/or memes/GIFs entrants are representing that the submission is original and their own work-product, that none of the content, including music, is copyrighted and that content does not violate YouTube standards (http://www.youtube. com/t/community_guidelines and http://www.youtube.com/t/terms).
Approval of Actors: By submitting a video or meme/GIF entrants agree that all actors, or persons represented in the video or meme, did provide their agreement to participate, and have provided their agreement for future use of their photograph, or likeness, by contest sponsors.
Videos must have a 640 x 480 resolution suitable for large screen projection. Videos not achieving suitable resolution may be disqualified.
Memes entries should be saved and sent to us in one of the following image formats: .jpg, .png or .gif files.
Individual or Team Submissions
Submissions may be made by individual students or as part of a team from schools with SADD chapters. Only one prize will be awarded for each winning submission no matter the number of team members. It is the responsibility of those submitting videos or memes/GIFs to designate at the time of submission the appropriate person or persons to whom payment should be made in the event the submission wins one of the contest prizes. Individuals or teams may submit a video and/or a meme/GIF and schools may have multiple submissions.
Submission of videos or memes/GIFs
A link to the final video that is on YouTube must be submitted to [email protected] no later than May 18, 2020. Memes/GIFs must be sent as attachments to [email protected] Submissions without executed forms will not be considered. Entrants may send a separate e-mail to [email protected] to confirm receipt of their entries. No entries may be posted with public access until five(5) days after contest winners are announced. Contest sponsors shall have the exclusive right to post and disseminate videos and memes for the first five(5) days after contest winners are announced. Thereafter entrants may publicly post videos and memes/GIFs.
The winners of the contest will be announced in May of 2020. When posting videos to YouTube, entrants must choose the “unlisted setting.” No video or meme/GIF which was posted with public access or otherwise disseminated before five (5) days following announcement of contest winners are announced will be eligible for consideration and if videos or memes/GIFs are determined to have been posted in violation of these rules the entry may be disqualified.