Video Competition

Code Gamer prize

We’re celebrating our launch with a video competition and we have amazing prizes for the winning teams.
We’re looking for videos made by girls / women in Scottish schools, colleges, and universities.
We want to know: Why did you get into computing and what do you get out of it?
The best videos will be hosted here, on our website, and promoted on social media.

Who can enter?

  • Girls in Scottish schools.
  • Female students studying computing subjects (including IT and Digital Media) in Scottish colleges, or universities; also includes apprentices.
  • Teams of 1 to 4 people. Each team can submit as many entries as there are people in the team.
  • How to enter.

Prizes and judges

Fridays for Futuring

Prizes will be awarded to 2 teams: the best school team and the best college/university/apprentice team (one prize for each team member).

Thanks to Fridays for Futuring, our winning school team can choose from:

  • Code Gamer Kit (worth £130)
  • Robotics Smart Machines Kit (£100)
  • Robobloq Qoopers 6-in-1 STEM Robot Kit (£90)
  • Science Museum Cyber Talk Robot (£70)
  • Science Museum Mind Coding Robot (£50)
  • BinaryBots Dimm Coding Robot Kit (£40)
Circuit Playground

Thanks to Barclays, our winning college/university/apprentice team will win a selection of brilliant tech books!

We also have 3 Ada Fruit Circuit Playgrounds, donated by our friends at IT4U.

Turing's Testers
Jane Morrison-Ross

Our judging panel:

Turing’s Testers (Cyber Evangelist of the Year, 2019; Outstanding Women in Cyber 2018) will judge videos created by college/uni teams.
Jane Morrison-Ross (CEO ScotlandIS, Digital Leaders Local Champion 2020) will lead the judging of videos from school teams.

The videos

The theme of the videos is: Why did you get into computing and what do you get out of it?
You could think about:

  • When did you first become interested in computing/digital technology?
  • What do you enjoy most about learning/ studying computing/ tech?
  • Have you encountered any challenges or advantages studying computing/tech due to your gender?
  • Are you involved in any activities for girls/ women in computing/STEM?
  • Or have you attended any useful events?
  • Do you have a vision of your future career?
  • Do you have any role models?

Format and safety

  • Videos can be as short as you like or max 3 minutes long, on-topic and engaging.
  • Please use a YouTube-friendly format (preferably MP4 or MPEG4). TikTok downloads would work fine.
  • Please do not include any personal information in the video (such as your full name or the name of your school).
  • You do not need to appear in your video, if you don’t want to.
  • You are welcome to create voice overs and/or animations or use Adobe Spark.
  • Remember the Grandma Rule. Is your video something you’d want your grandparents, parents or future employer to watch? Once a video has been posted, you never know who might see it. If it’s copied or reposted, you can’t remove every copy.

Launch and deadlines

The competition was launched by Turing’s Testers at our launch event, on Ada Lovelace Day.
Submissions open soon, but you can start making your videos now..
The deadline for entries is Tuesday 17th November.
The winners will be announced on Tuesday 1st December.

How to take part + privacy and consent

The best videos will be posted our YouTube channel, so the online entry form will ask for consent from everyone in the video, including their email addresses. For anyone under 18, we’ll need consent from their parents too.
Here’s the privacy info for the competition.
Here’s the submission page with the application form.

Questions

Please contact Dr Ella Taylor-Smith with any questions: e.taylor-smith@napier.ac.uk