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Video/Digital Poster Contest

October 1 - 20, 2017

Win an iPad or Bluetooth headphones!

In celebration of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the IT Security team is hosting its first contest in search of information security awareness videos and digital posters developed by college students for the campus community. The videos and digital posters will be featured on the university's communication channels, including websites, social media etc. Winners will be notified by October 31, 2017.


The objective of this contest is for students to develop a short video or digital poster explaining one or more information security problems and providing suggestions for specific actions university students, faculty and staff can take to safeguard their computers, mobile devices or personal information. Positive, action-oriented messages are highly recommended, as the goal should be to motivate a change in behavior on campus.



1st Prize Video Contest: iPad mini

1st Prize Digital Poster Contest: Bluetooth headphones

2nd and 3rd places for both contests will receive a security awareness gift bag


General rules:

  • Submitter must be a currently enrolled ESU student.
  • Group work submitted by a team of students will be admitted, however, only the submitter can claim the prize (prize cannot be split).
  • One student (team) can submit a video and a poster, however, he or she can only win one of two contests.
  • Outside, professional and faculty/staff assistance is not permitted. The use of university resources, e.g. cameras, videography equipment, specialized software etc. is not permitted with the exception of lab computers and laptops.
  • All submissions must be original and not infringe upon any copyright, trademark or other proprietary right.
  • Submissions must fulfill all requirements outlined below and be submitted by submission deadline (Friday, October 20, 2017 11:59 p.m.).

Submission guidelines:

  1. For all submissions, please upload your file to OneDrive via (remember to log in with username@emporia.eduno g!)
  2. In the right-hand corner, hit "share" and type Franzi Willenbuecher or
  3. In the message body, please include your full name, email address and phone number
  4. Click "share" – we will notify you when your submission has been received

Submission deadline: Friday, October 20, 2017 11:59 p.m.

*Please note: by submitting your file you acknowledge that your submission will be property of the university, specifically the IT department, including the right to distribute and modify your submission as needed for campus communication channels.

Technical guidelines:



  • 30 sec. to 2 min. length
  • Any file format can be accepted, mP4 strongly preferred
  • HighDef, 720 p
  • Credits optional



  • PDF format required
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio
  • dpi > 300


*Please note: for each individual displayed in your video or on your poster, including yourself, you must first obtain a signed release form from the individual(s). The form can be found by visiting the following link:


Content guidelines:

  • Must address topic(s) that will retain relevance for one to two years (avoid narrow topics, such as a specific threat, virus etc.).
  • May be about general security awareness or focus on specific topic(s).
  • Should include an action-oriented, thought-provoking message.
  • Must use correct and consistent spelling, punctuation and grammar.

    Suggested topics:
  • Cloud security and considerations for sharing data
  • Computer security
  • Cybersafety; staying safe online
  • Malware and ransomware
  • Passwords and passphrases
  • Phishing and social engineering
  • Privacy
  • Safeguarding data and personal information
  • Wireless security
  • Mobile security

Topics to avoid (outside of scope):

  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • Peer-to-peer file sharing
  • Plagiarism

*Please note: inappropriate content of any kind will be disqualified immediately.


Judging Criteria:

  1. Creativity
  2. Technical Quality
  3. Content
  4. Overall effectiveness


Please contact Franzi Willenbuecher at with any questions regarding this contest.