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The Living Climate Change Video Challenge - 18 and Over


Challenge Brief

Welcome! This is the challenge for people who are 18 and Over only. Click here if you need to enter the Under 18 category of this challenge.

To all entrants: please make sure your video
1) is two minutes or less
2) has the proper urls at the end

or you run the risk of your video being removed from the contest (see the Rules for details).

Envisioning Our Future: the Living Climate Change Video Challenge

Call for Entries

Create a video of no more than 2 minutes in length that depicts how you see climate change impacting or shaping our lives over the next 20 to 30 years.

This is a global challenge that is open to people of all ages.

Deadline for Submissions: TUESDAY, MAY 25 at 6pm UTC

This Brief provides the basic instructions only; for full information on how to enter, judging, prizes, and the regulations governing this Challenge, all entrants must read the Rules and accept them upon entering their video.


We believe that envisioning the future leads to new choices and opportunities.  Living Climate Change, an online community hosted by IDEO, a global design and innovation firm, curates a conversation designed to move the dialog about climate change toward inspiring, human-centered scenarios that create new choices for business and society.

The Living Climate Change video challenge, presented by IDEO and hosted by DESIGN 21, invites you to express what life will be like in 20 to 30 years as we move along a path toward reduced carbon emissions.

For information about Living Climate Change, go to  For information about IDEO, go to

Design Brief

Create a video no more than 2 minutes in length about how climate change will impact our lives over the next two to three decades.  Show us your vision of a future shaped by climate change.  Looking beyond the doom and gloom and the policy discussions that have dominated the debate, how would you envision a sustainable future from a human-centered perspective? Which behaviors will change?  Which will be preserved?  Design your short videos or still image/text animations to inspire change, through fresh thinking, new choices, and new opportunities.

Thought starters

This video showcase on climate change is more than a contest.  It is a call for new thinking that leads to new choices, conversations, and opportunities.

Frame the challenge: How do you see climate change affecting your life?

Future, not far-out: 20 to 30 years isn’t so far off (see for inspiration).

Context: Ground your scenarios in thoughtful insights and facts. Tell us why your ideas — big or seemingly small, everyday or extraordinary — matter.

Change: Which behaviors will need to change? Which will be preserved?

Impact: What is the scale of impact for your idea?

Inspire: Help the conversation move past all the doom and gloom.

Your Entry must include:

1. one video of no more than 2 minutes in duration
Your video file size must not exceed 20MB and must be in one of the following trusted formats:

asf - asf format

avi - avi format

flv - flv format

m4v - raw MPEG4 video format

mov, mp4, m4a, 3gp, 3g2, mj2 - QuickTime/MPEG4/Motion JPEG 2000 format

wmv - Windows Media Video format

All videos will be displayed at 544 x 408 pixels.

All videos entered for this Challenge must include both the URLs and at the end of the video. An optional template can be downloaded here. Entries that do not contain the URLs at the end of their video will be removed and ineligible for entry.

Videos must not contain any product placement or product disparagement, logos, trademarks or trade names.

Videos longer than 2 minutes in duration will be removed from the website and ineligible for entry.

Videos will show with a thumbnail image (see Rules for details).

2. explanation of ideas
No more than 400 words describing your work and the context for it.  English text only.  See “Thought Starters” in the Overview for guidelines.

3. acceptance of the Rules for this Challenge and DESIGN 21’s Terms of Use
When you submit your entry, you will be required to check the box that says that you have read the Rules and DESIGN 21’s site Terms of Use, so make sure you are familiar with the policies laid out in these sections.

For full information regarding what and what not to enter, consult the Rules of this Challenge.

Who Can Enter?

People of all ages may enter.

Entry is open to both individuals and teams.  You may submit multiple entries, though you can only upload one video per entry.

There are two age categories for entry:

• 18 and Over
• Under 18 with sign-up and permission of a parent or legal guardian (see Rules for details)

Previously published or exhibited projects may be entered so long as they conform to the entry guidelines and the Rules of this Challenge.

Where will the Entries be viewable?

All entries will be viewable by the public via DESIGN 21 and/or Living Climate Change during and after the entry phase of the Challenge. Authors’ names will not be revealed until the results of the Challenge are published. While the Challenge is open for entry, the editors of may choose to showcase any entries on the blog for the purposes of extending the conversation about Living Climate Change. Selection of your video to be included on the Living Climate Change website does not confer any advantage for winning the contest. Check the “Where and when will the Entries be viewable?” section in the Rules for more details on this, and based on this information, decide when you would like to enter your video.

At the conclusion of the contest, DESIGN 21 and IDEO may publish and/or exhibit all or individual videos and/or parts of videos at exhibitions and events and/or to use them in any publications, communications, or advertising that the organizers may deem suitable and/or necessary.  For more information regarding intellectual property rights associated with the contest, read those outlined in the Rules.

Public Vote

All members of DESIGN 21 will have the opportunity to vote for their own favorites during a public voting period (see dates below).  You can vote for as many entries as you like, but you can only vote once for each entry.  The entry with the highest votes in each of the two age categories will win the Most Popular prize.

Challenge Rules

Visit the Rules section here to review the rules and procedures governing this Challenge.

Important Dates

Deadline for Submissions: TUESDAY, MAY 25 at 6pm UTC

Note: UTC stands for Universal Coordinated Time – which is dependent upon time zone, so be sure to check what time that means to you. Late entries will not be accepted. Dates may be subject to change, check for updates.

Public Voting: MONDAY, MAY 31 to THURSDAY, JUNE 10

Results Announced: MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2010 and DESIGN 21 will publish the results on and after the competition ends.

For all questions, use this contact form.

Judging Criteria

The judging panels will be looking for original videos containing inspiring and provocative ideas about climate change and how it could affect our lives over the next 20 to 30 years.  The panel seeks optimistic, human-centered scenarios or imagined sketches that address or respond to the experience of climate change.  Judges are interested in both big and seemingly small ideas.  For inspiration, refer to the videos featured on


Grand Prizes:  one grand prize of US$3,000 plus a “Deep Dive” half-day workshop with IDEO will be awarded in each of the two age categories.

IDEO reserves the right to determine if the winners will receive a travel allowance to visit an IDEO location or if IDEO staff will travel to the winners’ locations to conduct the workshop.

Grand-prize winners are selected by a panel of judges.

Honorable Mentions: one Honorable Mention selected by the judges in each of the two age categories will be awarded US$500.

Most Popular: one Most Popular selected by the DESIGN 21 online community in each of the two age categories (no monetary award will be given).


Judging will be done by a panel of experts (listed below).  While they will select the Grand Prize winners and Honorable mentions from each age category, all members of DESIGN 21 will have the opportunity to vote for their own favorites during a public voting period.

18 and over judges

Bill Moggridge, director, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Allan Chochinov, editor-in-chief,
Wendy E Brawer, founding director, Green Map System and DESIGN 21 advisory board member
Mat Hunter, chief design officer, Design Council
Gary Hustwit, independent filmmaker
Jennifer Leonard, IDEO project lead and Living Climate Change guest editor
Pascal Soboll, practice lead, IDEO
Xeni Jardin, co-editor, Boing Boing
Christine Alfsen, director of UNESCO in New York and former senior science program specialist of North America

18 and under judges

Sir Ken Robinson, celebrated creativity and education expert
David Kelley, founder & chairman, IDEO and the Stanford “”
Dr. Milton Chen, senior fellow and executive director emeritus, George Lucas Educational Foundation
Sandy Speicher, Design for Learning domain leader, IDEO
Roshi Givechi, design director and co-lead, IDEO San Francisco
Grace A. Chen, director of Math & Science Design at Teach For America

More names will be announced in the coming days.