What’s Your Story? 2023-2024 is Now Open for Entries!
- About the Competition Rules
If you do not accept the following rules, please do not enter the Competition.
By taking part in the Competition, you are agreeing to these official rules (“Competition Rules”).
“We” and “Us” mean Trend Micro EMEA Limited, and we sponsor the What’s Your Story internet safety education programme and the Competition. We are an Irish limited liability company (number 364963) and we are at IDA Business & Technology Park, Model Farm Road, Cork, Ireland.
“You” means a person, – or youth Group (such as a youth – film or drama school, or youth clubs) wanting to enter the Competition. You also means someone who takes part or appears in an Entry. It is the responsibility of the entrant to make sure that each participant is made aware and accepts these Competition Rules. This means that if you submit a video, please make sure that all of the actors (who are called “participants”) and their parents (where the participants are under 18) are happy for you to agree to these Competition Rules. We recommend that you have all participants review these Competition Rules.
- About the Competition
We run the Competition to raise awareness and educate our community about the risks, dangers and the exciting opportunities available to us all when we are online. The Competition gives you the opportunity to create a short video (an “Entry”) and upload it to the What’s Your Story? website. Create and upload a 2-minute video answering the following question and share with as many people as you can.
How might new technology (or AI) help you in the future?
New technology is the cool stuff that hasn’t been around forever – like smartphones, self-driving cars, or robots that can help you with tasks. AI, (or Artificial Intelligence), is like giving computers the ability to think and learn, just like humans.
So many good things are possible because of the internet and all things tech. It’s useful for learning, entertaining, it connects us to others far away, it’s amazing! Yet, it’s not perfect, and if new technology (or AI) is used in the wrong way, it may cause problems for others.
We want to hear YOUR brilliant ideas about how new technology (or AI) might help you in the future. Let your imagination run wild because the future is yours to shape! If you have an answer, then tell us your story. Be funny. Be dramatic. Be creative. Whatever you do, be real.
Create a two-minute video answering our question for a chance to win one of our great prizes. Use live action, stop action, animation, original music, or none.
Don’t forget to read the rules and check out our resources page to help you get started.
Entries are welcome in English and Irish languages.
Once we have checked that your Entry meets the Competition Rules, we will post it online for others to view and comment on. All entries will be reviewed and scored according to criteria as outlined under section 11. Please also see section 9, Prizes. A panel of independent Judges will – select the winning Entries .
- Key Dates and Deadlines
The Opening Date for uploading entries is September 26th, 2023, and the Closing Date for uploading entries is January 9th, 2024
There will be a Public Viewing Period when Entries can be viewed on the What’s Your Story? website. On the website, your Entry/the Entries can be liked (clicking the heart button) and commented on by the public until January 9th, 2024.
The Final Judging Period begins week commencing January 15th, 2024
- Who can enter the Competition?
The Competition is open to individuals (“Individual Entrants”), schools– and youth Groups (“Group Entrants”).
You must be a legal resident of Ireland at the time of entry into the Competition.
All Individual Entrants and people participating in the school and Group categories must be at or below secondary level in Ireland.
With respect to Individual Entrants in Ireland, the Competition is open only to legal residents who are eight (8) years of age or older at time of entry.
Parent’s consent required – if you are under the age of 16 on the date of entry into the Competition, then you must obtain your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission to participate in the Competition. Your parent or your guardian will receive an email asking for their consent. They need to respond to this email and give their consent before you can continue to enter the Competition. Please ensure that you ask your parents for permission to use their email address before you share that email address with us as part of the registration process.
If any potential winner is under the age of 18, any prize may be awarded in the name of the winner’s parent or legal guardian. Your parent or guardian must agree and sign a legal release (“Release Agreement”) and/or any other document(s) that we reasonably request before you are entitled to any prize.
Our employees or their families or anyone connected with the promotion or organisation of this Competition, or their families are not allowed to enter the Competition.
- How to enter
Beginning September 26th, 2023, – in order to enter the Competition, visit the Website https://whatsyourstory.trendmicro.ie/ and complete the registration process on the Website with the information requested and follow the online instructions to upload and submit your video (your “Entry”) directly to the Website.
- Entry Requirements
Each Entry that is entered into the Competition must meet the following “Entry Requirements”:
You promise that all information that you give us is true, accurate and complete in every respect and that you are eligible to enter the Competition.
Your Entry must be your own original work and you must you have permission to use any music or content that you did not create.
(a) your video must be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes long, no larger than 100MB and only in .mov or .mp4 or .wmv file format.
(b) the video must be your original, previously unpublished work, and must not infringe any third-party copyright or trademarks, breach privacy, or any other third party rights;
(c) the video content must not be discriminatory, obscene, offensive, or defamatory.
– Your Entries must be in English or Irish language.
– There is a limit of one Entry per Individual Entrant.
– Entries must be received by the Closing Date. No substitutions of any Entry with new versions will be accepted under any circumstances once the original Entry is submitted for consideration.
– Entries which violate any of these requirements will be deemed ineligible to be included in the Competition and your Entry will be disqualified.
-We reserve all rights to disqualify you if your conduct is contrary to the spirit or intention of the Competition.
- Data Privacy and Publicity
When you take part in the Competition, you provide personal information to us. By taking part in the Competition, you agree that we can hold and use your personal information to administer the Competition. We promise to use your information only in connection with this Competition in accordance with the privacy notice found on the Website.
If you win, we can, at no cost, use your name, region of residence and likeness as part of the Competition for reasonable publicity in any form including on our website and on social media.
- Ownership of your Entry and Copyright
Copyright in your Entry and your right to be identified as the creator of your Entry remains with you. However, once your Entry has been submitted, it is important that we are able to use it for purposes connected to What’s Your Story.
As a requirement of the Competition, you grant to us a permanent right to use your Entry, for example, by posting it on the internet and social media, copying it, publishing it, editing, or adapting it. You also allow us to grant the same rights to other carefully selected organisations so that they can use your Entry for educational purposes without seeking further permission from you.
We promise that we shall never use your Entry for commercial purposes.
The winning Entries will be those that are judged to be the most visually appealing, creative, effective, original, and self-explanatory and captures the competition’s theme.
A prize is available for the overall winner and for each of the category winners as follows:
Overall winner prize €2,000 – (This could be an Individual, a School, or a Group Entrant)
Critics’ Choice Award €1,000 – the judges will award this to an outstanding entry to recognise it for reasons that they will determine, depending on the entry itself.
Age 8-12 winner prize for Individual category – €500
Age 8-12 winner prize for School category – €500
Age 8-12 winner prize for Group category – €500
Age 13+ winner prize for Individual category – €500
Age 13+ winner prize for School category – €500
Age 13+ winner prize for Group category – €500
-Prizes are limited to one prize per Winning category.
-If we do not receive enough eligible Entries, or if the Judges consider that not enough Entries are good enough to award all or any of the Prizes, then some or all the Prizes may not be awarded.
-Prizes will be paid electronically or in the form of a cheque payable to each winning Entrant or to their parents or legal guardians if they are Minors.
– The prize winners shall be solely responsible for any required or applicable local taxes, and the reporting consequences thereof, and for any other fees or costs associated with the applicable prize.
- Selection of Finalists
After you upload your Entry, we will check that it complies with the Competition Rules and if it does; we will approve it. It will then be live on the Website and made available for viewing by the public.
For clarification the competition has 2 age categories (8-12yrs and 13+yrs), and within these age categories there are three further categories – Individual, School and Youth Group.
For each category the Sponsors will choose 3 finalists based upon creativity (style, message delivery, execution, etc.) the appropriateness of your Entry (on topic, etc.) and how effective you have been in putting across your message.
There will then be one category winner for each of the 3 categories in the age group. Meaning there are six (6) – category prizes in total. The Potential Finalist in a particular category that has the highest score from the judges will be awarded as the overall winner. This overall winner therefore could be an Individual, School, or Group.
If you are chosen as a winner, you will be required to sign and return the release agreement prior to being declared a winner. The release agreement requires you to confirm that your Entry complies with the Competition Rules and to formalise the agreement that gives us the right to use your Entry, referred to in the section headed ‘Ownership of Your Entry and Copyright’.
If you are under the age of 18, the release agreement must be signed by your parent/legal guardian.
If you do not sign and return the release agreement within three days of being formally requested, or if we don’t receive them within that time period for any reason, we will have no liability to you.
If you have broken any of the Competition Rules, you may be disqualified. If that happens, we will appoint someone else as a winner in your place.
- The Judging
We will appoint a panel of Judges from the companies and/or any third parties that are supporting our What’s Your Story? Competition. The Judges will review the Finalist Entries during the Final Judging Period and select the winning Entries.
The Judges will take account of your creativity (style, message delivery, execution, etc.) the appropriateness of your Entry (on topic, etc.) and how effective you have been in putting across your message. Of course, there is no right or wrong answer, so the Judges will be using their personal judgement. The Judge’s decision is final and not open for review or subject to challenge.
We aim to notify all winners at the end of January 2024. If you are one of the winners, we will use the contact details you have provided to get in touch with you and let you know the good news.
Before we can confirm any winner, we will need to verify your eligibility. If we decide someone is not eligible to be a winner for any reason, our decision will be final and binding and not subject to challenge.
We shall have no liability for any winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by the potential winner for any reason. If any potential winner does not respond within the time specified in the notification, or if any winner notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to a potential winner, such potential winner will forfeit his/her prize and an alternate winner may be selected based on the results of the aforementioned judging criteria. If any potential winner is found to be ineligible or if he/she has not complied with these Competition Rules or declines the prize for any reason, such potential winner will be disqualified, and the prize may be awarded to an alternate winner based on the results of the aforementioned judging criteria.
- Winner’s list
Competition winner’s list shall be available early Feb 2024. To obtain a copy of the winner’s list, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: What’s Your Story? – Winner’s List, c/o Trend Micro EMEA Ltd, Attn: Avril Ronan, IDA Business & Technology Park, Model Farm Road, Cork, Ireland.
Right to cancel the Competition: We have the right to cancel the Competition or change the Prizes or Competition Rules without notice and without liability to any entrant. In the event we do not receive enough Entries by the Closing Date or if we are prevented from awarding any prize(s) or continuing with the Competition as contemplated herein for any reason, we shall have the right to modify, suspend, or terminate the Competition.
We may at our sole discretion disqualify you if you are found to be tampering or interfering with the entry process or operation of the website, or to be acting in any manner deemed to be disruptive of or prejudicial to the operation or administration of the Competition.
Our decisions are final, and we shall not open into any correspondence with any entrant concerning any aspect of this Competition.
Other than for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, so far as is permitted by law, we exclude all liability for any loss, damage, cost and expense, whether direct or indirect, howsoever caused in connection with the Competition or any aspect of the Prize. You are entering this Competition at your own risk.
These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of Ireland. Disputes arising in connection with this Agreement shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the Irish courts.
How To Enter
Follow these steps to compete in our competition
First check the rules to make sure that you are eligible to enter
Answer this question in a two minute video ‘How might new technology (or AI) help you in the future?‘
Register on the website and READ THE RULES before you get started
Stay calm and wait for the winners announcement!