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Enter your video to win a prize and spread the word about community engagement work at your university.

The Talloires Network invites university students and recent graduates to submit entries for the 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference Video Competition. Submissions should highlight a local university program dedicated to student community engagement. Following the conference theme of “Live Engagement, Transform Lives”, we seek inspired work about university students making an impact in their communities. Monetary prizes will be given to the best submissions, which will be featured at the 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference, taking place in Cape Town, South Africa on December 2014.

People around the world are working to dismantle the ivory tower, and build universities that are truly engaged with the community around them. Thousands of university students around the world enhance their classroom education with real-world experiences in their communities. As a result, university administrators have increasingly recognized the importance of such experiences. The Talloires Network, founded in 2005, brings together more than 300 universities around the world that have committed to genuine collaboration and engagement with the communities in which they are located.

Who is eligible to apply:

Videos must be directed and submitted by students who are currently enrolled in a Talloires Network university, or who have recently completed their studies (ages 18 to 26). Graduate students older than 26 should contact contest organizers to enter.

What we are looking for:

Video submissions should be 2 to 4 minutes long and showcase a service-learning, civic engagement, community service, participatory research, community-based research, or student entrepreneurship project affiliated with a university program.

Videos will be judged by their audio, text, variety, cinematography, special effects, music, and interviewees. Featured programs should be part of a Talloires Network member university.

Contestants must fill out registration form and email the copyright release form in order to be eligible for an award. If video is submitted in a language other than English, a translated transcription should be emailed along with the copyright release form. Submissions are due on October 31st.


Four videos will be selected as winners.

  • First place: $1000 (USD)
  • Second place: $500 (USD)
  • Third place (two awards): $250 (USD)

Winning videos will be shared on the official Talloires Network web site and social media, as well as at Talloires Network events such as the 2014 Talloires Network Leaders Conference, which will take place in Cape Town, South Africa on December 2-4, 2014