Before you get started

Creating a winning entry doesn’t have to be hard. Here are some tips to make yours stand out. 


1. Think big

Get ready to change the world! You should choose a problem that you are enthusiastic about solving, come up with a solution and communicate your ideas. Make sure to show your excitement in your entry video.

2. Research

Do more than a Google search. Don’t underestimate the power of researching! It’s best if you know your topic backwards and forwards before you even begin the video. This also means looking at past entries from finalists and learning what makes a great presentation.

3. Plan and plan again

Think of a title for your project, a short “elevator pitch” synopsis and a paragraph or two about your project. Then focus on your video. Start by writing a script and getting all of your ideas down on paper. Storyboard your different scenes. Download this template to get you started and to stay organized.

4. Be provocative

Make us say, “Huh?" We're looking for young credit union professionals that aren’t afraid of a challenge and are willing to apply unique thinking to solving it. If you can make the judges think, “Wow, I didn't think of that!” you're off to a good start. Don't be afraid to go out on a limb with something new.

5. Communicate

Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly. One of the goals of the competition is to find a great communicator. State your message clearly and efficiently in your writing and your video (don’t be afraid to make changes). Make sure that you’ve double checked your spelling and grammar too. 

6. Make us look

Music sounds nice, and people like looking at pictures! Don’t just be a talking head. Using graphics and animations may make it easier to explain your project idea, and they look cool besides. Show off your creative side—just be sure not to use any copyrighted material. Search for a site with free, non-copyrighted music like this one.

7. Keep it simple

We encourage you to make your video no more than two minutes. Most people won’t watch anything longer. It is best to take one project idea and explain it several different ways than to introduce several different ideas in such a short amount of time.

8. Show your work

Have your co-workers, family and friends watch your video before you submit it. They will often have advice and ideas to help you improve. You can also get constructive criticism from a different point of view.

9. Double check

Make sure to follow all of the official rules. Have you clearly explained your project idea in writing? Is your video at least one minute long, but no more than three minutes? Did you upload it to YouTube and make sure it’s marked Public? Do you have a recent photo that can be added to your application that primarily shows your head and torso?

10. Have fun

It’s always important to have fun! Even entering the competition is a great life experience and you may make valuable contacts along the way. Congratulations for putting yourself out there.