Thursday, June 30th, 2011
There will be some exciting new videos about plastics on YouTube this fall. I’m talking about the entries in SPI’s “Shaping Your World” student video contest, which is taking entries from now through August 31, 2011. Better yet, these videos will emphasize the materials’ benefits, versatile properties and cool applications since the contest theme is plastics’ innovation. The possible takes on that are limitless and the inspiration is literally all around us.
The contest is part of the 75th anniversary celebration of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, and is held in conjunction with The Future of Plastics Foundation. All college undergrads and graduate students in plastics programs are invited and encouraged to submit original videos.
If you know a student who could enter, give him or her a call or email. It’s for a good cause—plastics being a very good cause—plus the few rules there are leave the door wide open to any and all kinds of creative expression. You can also tell that student that the prizes are good no, really good no, awesome, definitely awesome.
First prize is a 64GB iPad2 with Wi-Fi + 3G, a check for $2,000, and a three-day trip to NPE2012 next April that includes air travel to and from Orlando, FL, hotel accommodations, an NPE2012 pass, and a couple of tickets to Universal Studios in Orlando.
Second prize is a 32-GB iPad2 with Wi-Fi, and a $1,000 check. Third place earns a 16 GB iPad2 with Wi-Fi, and a $500 check. Since concepting, producing, and directing the video should be a lot of fun to begin with, the prizes are like a big, sweet cherry (or maybe Apple?) on top.
The contest is easy to enter – for example, the actual posting is to a YouTube Direct channel. Full info about every other aspect of the contest can be found at http://www.plasticsindustry.org/studentvideos. So click on it, check it out, and start encouraging students. If you are a student, turn up the creative dial and go for it. Orlando is very nice in April and the NPE show is always a knockout. Besides, you’ll be like a celebrity there.
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Rob Neilley, the former Editor in Chief of Injection Molding Magazine, is SPI’s Social Media Specialist.