Are you an undergraduate student enrolled at a Historically Black college and University (HBCU)?
Do you know a thing or two about blockchain and financial technology?
Then, we have an opportunity for you to HBCU Students Inform the Block and share your knowledge through video.
What is Inform the Block, you ask? Good question. Inform the Block is a social awareness initiative sponsored by the Morgan State University (MSU) FinTech Center and developed to address the growing disparity in awareness related to blockchain and financial technology. We want to impact learning across generations and catalyze a “buzz” of information to further ingratiate ourselves into this everchanging financial market. Learn more about MSU’s FinTech Center and its projects here.
To jump start this initiative, we need your help. Through short videos (i.e., 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length), you are invited to participate in the first HBCU Students Inform the Block video competition, and yes, there are financial prizes. While we’d like to think we could offer cryptocurrency, the prize is cash (i.e., a check issued to the participant[s]). Do you want to know the prize amounts? Well, keep reading; the prizes are provided in the FAQ section.
What are the eligibility requirements you ask? Good question. . .
- First, you must be currently enrolled at an HBCU.
- Next, you must be an undergraduate student.
- You also must agree to give Morgan State University’s FinTech Center rights to your video submissions.
If you meet these requirements, then you can participate. Your video should “teach” HBCU stakeholders and communities of color about blockchain and financial technology. That’s right; now the student becomes the teacher. You can explain cryptocurrency, the blockchain, or how
blockchain technology could be used to solve a problem. Remember, the videos are short, so stay focused.
Your video will be evaluated on:
(a) content accuracy,
(b) design and overall appearance,
(d) technical production quality, and
Video Submission Deadline October 15, 2021
Before we share the HBCU Students Inform the Block video competition rubric, we have some tips and address frequently asked questions (FAQ) to get you started.
Tips for Creating an Effective Video
The criteria and tips align with the rubric our judges will use to evaluate your video submissions.
We encourage you to be creative, but we discourage the use of vulgarity or profanity. Any use of vulgarity or profanity will automatically disqualify your video. So, keep it clean, but have fun. If you have questions about what is considered “vulgar” or “profane,” then don’t say it or use it. You can also contact Patrice W. Glenn Jones if you would like a second opinion about the suitability of the proposed language. Keep it PG!
We encourage you to get feedback on your video before you submit it and to have someone reliable verify the accuracy of your content before you begin recording.
All video submissions will become the exclusive property of Morgan State University’s FinTech Center and will be shared through social media platforms (e.g., TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn), on the FinTech Center website, and other mediums.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Who can enter? Any undergraduate student presently enrolled at any Historically Black College and University, who is at least 18 years or older, can enter. We will verify your enrollment. Please begin by submitting an Intent to Participate from your student email. Teams can enter, but you need to submit the names of all participants, and awards will be evenly divided among the participants. However, you cannot submit as both an individual and as a part of a team.
- How many videos can you submit? Participants/teams can submit one video in each category, but a participant or team can only win once (i.e., in one category and at one level). Thus, if a participant places in the 30-to-60 second video category, he or she cannot place in the 2-to-3-minute video category.
- Can videos be submitted any way other than by uploading to the contest? All videos will be uploaded to an established Google Drive. We will share this with you once we confirm your HBCU enrollment.
- How long should the videos be? There are two video categories: (a) 30-to-60 seconds and (b) 2-to-3 minutes.
- Is there a file size limit? The recommended video size is up to 200 MB. If it uploads in Google Drive, we will accept it.
- Which file formats will be accepted?
WebM files (Vp8 video codec, Vorbis Audio codec);
MPEG4, 3GPP, and MOV files (h264 and MPEG4 video codecs; AAC audio codec);
AVI (MJPEG video codec, PCM audio);
MPEGPS (MPEG2 video codec, MP2 audio);
FLV (Adobe – FLV1 video codec, MP3 audio);
- What is the maximum video resolution? Google Drive supports resolution up to 1920×1080.
- Can the videos have graphic overlay? Yes, the videos can have graphic overlay.
- Are there any specific requirements for the video content, and how will the videos be evaluated?
Our team of impartial judges will use the following rubric to evaluate each submission. Thus, we recommend that you carefully review it before you begin. Notice the emphasis on content.
HBCU Students Inform the Block
Video Submission Deadline October 15, 2021
For questions about the HBCU Students Inform the Block video competition, please contact Patrice W. Glenn Jones.
For more information about the MSU FinTech Center, please contact Judith Schnidman.