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Western New York high school students invited to create videos showcasing evolving relationship between technology, humans


Fri, Apr 13th 2018 05:15 pm
As technology becomes more embedded in our daily lives - from smart homes to smart cities to autonomous cars to robotics - humankind's relationship with machines is transforming at a robust pace. To capture how local youth envision how this evolving relationship will change their lives in the future, InfoTech WNY has partnered with AT&T and Full Circle Studios to challenge Western New York high school students in a video competition designed to provide a unique way for them to communicate how they predict the relationship between humans and machines will evolve in the future.
The challenge, "Machine Vs. Mankind," strives to engage high schoolers to take a close look at how technology is changing their world and encourage them to think how their futures will be structured vastly directly than today with the growing dependencies of technology in our everyday lives.
All participating students are encouraged to use technology and creativity in their video production, including mobile devices, drones, animation and special effects, to make it as impactful as possible. Participants must be current high school students in Western New York. All videos must be original work by the applicants, including all visual and audio materials (including music, photographs and artworks).
Entries will be accepted from both individuals and teams, with winners receiving cash prizes.
The grand prizewinner in team category will be awarded is $500, with second and third place winners receiving $250 and $100, respectively. Grand prize for the individual category is $200, with second place receiving $100 and third place receiving $50. Video submissions, which are not to exceed 90 seconds and must be in mp4 format, will be accepted beginning immediately through April 23 at 5 p.m. at www.infotechwny.com or emailed to [email protected].
The winners will be announced May 3 at the InfoTech WNY BETAs award show.
In addition to the cash prizes, the winning films will be premiered in front of an audience of more than 600 prestigious members of the region's technology and invocation community at InfoTech WNY's 2018 BETAs Show at Riverworks on May 3. The winning films will also be featured on InfoTech WNY's website, on YouTube, Vimeo or other video-sharing sites.
"We are very fortunate to have both Full Circle Studios and AT&T partner with us in bringing this worthwhile event to our 17th annual Buffalo Emerging Technology Awards Showcase (BETAS) to be held May 3," said Patrick Finucane, chair, InfoTech WNY. "Myself and the entire board at InfoTech WNY look forward to seeing the creativity of our area high school students as they put their stamp on this video challenge."
"AT&T is proud to collaborate with InfoTech WNY and Full Circle Studios to support this innovative video challenge and providing an opportunity for creative local young minds to share their unique perspective and artistic vision of how technology is transforming their lives," said Benjamin Roberts, director, public affairs, AT&T. "As the world's economy continues to transform at a robust pace - requiring a workforce with a focus on technological education and literacy - STEM learning opportunities like this one that provide immersive learning environments are vital to ensure that the students of today are equipped with the transformational skills needed to compete in the global innovation economy of tomorrow."
"Full Circle is happy to be supporting the 'Machine vs. Mankind' video contest and we're looking forward to seeing what the students come up with," said Terry Fisher, partner and president, Full Circle Studios.
Full information on "Machine Vs. Mankind" video challenge and registration forms are available at www.InfoTechWNY.com.

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