Sparky Awards 2011 Student Video Contest – Call For Entries

open up!2011 call for entries for the 4th annual Sparky Awards has been announced on SPARC media pages. The “Open Up!” video contest is aimed at students who are to present in an imaginative way and in a two-minutes time frame, their vision of Open Access movement shaping ideas.

The students can choose to make their display into an animation, a speech or into a remix. All members of the faculty, and especially libraries are invited to participate in this project, and as they report at SPARC, this is “an opportunity for faculty to enhance classes, as well as for libraries to promote services – including media services or information commons, where students can edit video, browse media, work collaboratively, and develop a good understanding of copyright.”

The entries must be received by May, 27 and winners will receive iPad, iPhone or iPod, depending on the number of group members, and finally, they will be awarded a Sparky Award” statuette. Their work will be publicized widely and available on the internet under a Creative Commons license.

To get a sense of what would a wished effect be, I have made a personal selection of favorite videos from previous entries. They are fine work, and the ideas revolve around the word “share”. However, it could be that Open Access has now made students more thoughtful than ever about its potential, and according to what we have seen during the latest Open Access Week, we can only expect more than we could ever imagine.


Clueless Discovery - a wonderful illustration of how we may not appreciate what others may read as our way out of darkness.

How To Make Things Easier - A weird animation makes this warning against hitting the wall thrilling.

Pri Vetai: Private Eye: detective Vetai solves crimes with the help of technology. It has a love story, a hero and a villain - all in two minutes.

Share: My all time favorite. Minimalistic and brilliant.

Those and many more can be found at theSparky Awards website, and you can also give your vote for the People’s Choice category.

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2 Responses to Sparky Awards 2011 Student Video Contest – Call For Entries

  1. Bryan Davis says:

    I just uploaded a Sparky submission to Youtube. I tried to submit the entry to Sparky but a message appeared stating the deadline had passed. Yet on this page it states “The entries must be received by May, 27…”
    Any help in clearing this up would be appreciated. Thank you for your time and for putting this together.

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