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As part of the ongoing curation of great open video for children, OLPC and Intelligent Television are working together to encourage archives of science videos to share their treasures with the world... and to encourage videographers to produce new videos using existing open collections.

Science Video Collection and Remix Challenge

One Laptop per Child
Intelligent Television
are pleased to announce the
2008 Science Video Collection and Remix Challenge

The Science Video Collection and Remix Challenge aims to promote the use of archival scientific video material for education around the world and to inspire children to become videographers themselves.

The first phase of the challenge is now underway, and is soliciting high-quality scientific video material suitable for young audiences (ages 8 to 16). Innovative producers are encouraged to post and share at least 30 minutes of cc-licensed video (see full submission details below) and compete for the grand prize, awarded by an international panel of judges.

Grand prize for best contributed archive:

  • $2,000;
  • an OLPC laptop; and
  • winning producer material featured on laptops and press materials worldwide.

Entry deadline:

  • for contributed archives : March 31, 2008

The second stage of this challenge will launch later in the year, and will encourage the production of new short films created/remixed from these archives.

Submission details:

Interested producers should provide a one-paragraph description of their proposed video content for the 2008 contest administrator at The description should detail the following:

  • a brief description of subject material in the video
  • the number of minutes/hours of video
  • a description of when and where the video material was produced and by whom
  • details about whether the material has been distributed/broadcast previously and if so where and when
  • rights information, as detailed below
  • producer contact information

The contest administrator will confirm receipt of this descriptive material, and will ask the producer to upload submitted video to the Internet Archive (, which generously has offered to host contest materials. Contestants will need to obtain an Internet Archive library card by registering on the site.

To register:

To upload:

Interested producers must contribute at least 30 minutes of video by March 31, 2008, to be eligible for the grand prize. Please add the keyword "SVCRC" to your submission.

Submitted videos will be shared and made available for remixing by others. Interested producers must have the right to release their submitted works for these uses. We will accept only archival footage that can be copied, distributed, transmitted, and adapted by others as defined by Creative Commons licenses "CC-BY" or "CC-BY-SA":

We will be unable to accept video with the non-commercial (NC) term. Please see the website below or contact us with questions regarding this policy:

Contest entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Overall video and audio quality. The material must be suitable for remixing and appropriate for internet delivery.
  • Levels of engagement. The material must be appropriate and interesting to 8- to 16-year-olds.
  • Capacity for segmentation and remixing. Archival footage that is "chunkable," or amenable to being segmented into video shorts without significant loss of understanding or usability, will be preferred over lengthy footage that is difficult to remix without substantial video editing.
  • Accuracy. The entries will be judged for their scientific accuracy and ability to correctly convey scientific concept(s).
  • Portability. These videos will be viewed and engaged by children all over the world. While language barriers are unavoidable, there are other elements of video footage that can alienate or disengage certain cultures, and entries will be preferred based on the lack of such problems. For language, suitability for (or even existence of) subtitling will be considered.

We reserve the right to alter these criteria with notice.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I have to live in a particular country to take part in the challenge? No. This competition is open to anyone, anywhere with high-quality video resources. Keep in mind that one of the criteria on which the submissions will be judged is portability, or ability to be relevant to children speaking many different languages in many different cultures.

What do you mean by "science video"? This challenge is meant to encourage submissions across a wide range of topics and methods. Any video that teaches or demonstrates scientific concepts or methods is admissible. It can be documentary or expository, "serious" or "fun." Remember it will be judged on its accuracy and its ability to engage a young audience.

Can I see other videos submitted to the contest? Yes. If you go to Internet Archive and search for the keyword "SVCRC," you'll be able to view submissions (once other videos have been submitted).

Should the whole video contain the same topic information? Submissions will be judged in part by their capacity for segmentation and remixing. This means that it's not necessary for a submission to be entirely on one topic. The total amount of submitted video footage should be at least 30 minutes long, but you can submit separate videos that are shorter than that.

Which organization is conducting the contest? OLPC, Intelligent Television, or ccLearn? OLPC and Intelligent Television are administering the contest, and ccLearn is endorsing the project as part of their commitment to open-source educational content.

What is a CC License? A Creative Commons (CC) license is a form of copyright which is "some rights reserved". For this challenge, we are requiring that participants license their works using either the CC-BY (Attribution) or CC-BY-SA (Attribution, Share-Alike) licenses, which signals to other viewers and users that the content (in this case, video) is free to be accessed, remixed, and redistributed by anyone. By submitting video to this challenge, you are certifying that you have the right to distribute the material in the manner specified.

Where should I submit the video and where should I get acknowledgment for that submission? Submission details are available here: You need to upload the video to the Internet Archive, after which it will be immediately available and viewable to yourself and others, thereby verifying that you submitted successfully.

This competition is endorsed by

  • ccLearn
  • Intelligent Television
  • OLPC