Calling for YOUth!
Join the Youth4Data Video Competition

Are you a young person passionate about the digital world, data, technology, and how they impact the Sustainable Development Goals? We invite you to be a part of a global movement by sharing your unique voice through a creative short video! 

This is your chance to inspire, educate, and connect with peers from every corner of the globe (and win a VR headset!).

We will be channeling youth’s perspectives through structured advocacy in relevant centers of power (e.g. the US Congress, the G7, G20, among others)!

Share your vision, reach a global audience, and start a conversation that is impossible to ignore!

Who can participate?

Anyone between 13 and 30 years old, from any place in the world. Note that your message needs to be recorded in English, even if you use elements in other languages.

When can you participate?

The call for videos will be open from August 30, 2023 until February 3, 2024.
Announcement of the winner: February 23, 2024.

How can you participate?

Follow these 5 simple steps to participate (keep scrolling to pick your question or challenge!).

STEP 4
STEP 4

Submit your video

Fill in the participation form, adding the link to the video you shared, noticing the Official Rules applicable.

Keep in mind!

This is more than just a call for videos; it’s a chance for you to make a difference as part of the Datasphere Initiative’s #Youth4OurDataFuture project. Your story could inspire innovation, drive change, and connect with fellow young minds from around the world. So, grab your camera, let your creativity flow, and be a part of the global dialogue on data and our digital life!

You can learn more about this project by watching this video.

Evaluation and Prizes

The Youth4Data Project Organizers will bring together members of the project’s Advisory Group to jointly review and rank the videos. The prize will be granted to the best video. Ranking will be determined at the sole discretion of the Organizers, and the decision will be inapelable.

The winner will be awarded one Meta Quest 2 Virtual Reality headset

The winner will be announced on February 23, 2024, on our @youth4data Instagram and TikTok accounts. The winner will also be informed by email.

Read the Official Rules for the competition here. If you still have questions, email us at info@thedatasphere.org

Questions & Challenges 

1. Data for the SDG's

Question

Are you aware of any existing initiatives to leverage the power of data to advance one or more Sustainable Development Goals (e.g., education, health, gender equality)? Share more about the initiative in a creative video!
Check the SDG's

Challenge

Do you (or your community) have an innovative idea or project to leverage the power of data to advance one or more Sustainable Development Goals (e.g., education, health, gender equality)? Share more about your idea/project in a creative video!
Check the SDG's

Advanced question

Are you aware of how non-personal data (data that does not contain information that can be used to identify a person) could be used to advance the SDGs?
Check the SDG's

2. Data Literacy and Education

Question

What kind of data or tech skills did you learn or are learning in school? Would you like to learn more?

Question

Have you ever supported data collection in your community (e.g. collecting data via surveys in your neighborhood, about the environment, etc.)? If so, how was your experience?

Challenge

If you could invent a new technology that would improve your school, university or educational experience, what would it be?

3. Technology use

Challenge

Take a look at your Screen Time on your phone, tablet or computer. How many hours do you spend online per day? How do you feel about the time you spend on technology?

Challenge

Try spending 24 hours without technology (not phones, tablets or computers allowed). How did you feel before, during and after the experiment? What did you think of the whole experience?

4. Data privacy

Challenge

Use the Trace My Shadow tool: are you surprised by how much information about you is “out there” on the Internet? What things (positive or negative) do you think could be done with this data?
Access Trace My Shadow

Question

If somebody had access to your phone, tablet or computer, how much information would they know about you? How would you feel about it?

Challenge

Let’s do an inter-generational experiment. Ask someone older than you (it can be a parent, a teacher, a mentor) how do they feel about their privacy online and the types of things that make them (or would make them) feel safer online. How does that differ from your own experience? How do you feel about your own online privacy and safety?

5. Mental Health

Question

Are teens and people in general using technology, games or social media to cope with daily stressors? If so, how?

Question

How do you feel about the trending content, filters and influencers that you see online everyday? Do you feel that the content you see online affects your mood and/or your mental health? If so, how?

Question

What can schools, teachers, and parents do to improve mental health online?

6. Digital Welfare

Question

What do you think companies that own social media apps, schools, parents, teachers could do to promote healthier online relationships? For instance, how could they help avoid cyberbullying?

Challenge

Go to the Data Detox X Youth toolkit and follow the steps on “Misinformation Martial Arts”. Did anything surprise you? How could you inspire your friends and community to burst their “filter bubble”?
Data Detox X Youth toolkit

7. Equity and Participation

Question

How would you like to be involved in discussions about data and new technologies?

Challenge

There are many communities (e.g., LGBTIQ+ people, migrants and refugees, people with disabilities, elderly people, etc.) that are not correctly represented by data or are left out. How do you feel about this? Are you concerned about potential disparities in how certain communities are represented in data (or not)? What could youth do to promote a more equitable data future?

9. Choose your own topic!

Question / Challenge

Is there a topic related to data you want to talk about? Create a video and tell us more about this topic and your thoughts and ideas about it!

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