Engineering Week Contest: “Creating the Future!”

Today, the School of Engineering at Dunwoody College of Technology is announcing a fun video contest in honor of Engineering Week 2023.

The contest, “Creating the Future!” challenges high school classes, clubs, and students in the State of Minnesota to provide a 60-second or less video response to one of the following:

  • How has engineering improved society or quality of life?
  • Describe a problem that engineering can help solve.

Winning submissions will receive one of three cash prizes ($500, $250, $100).

Video submissions can be posted to Instagram between Feb. 20 and March 10, 2023. Videos should tag @dunwoodycollege. To be eligible, all entrants also need to complete the online submission form. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 14 during our Engineering Info Night at the College and will be featured on our social media channels.

“As you know, engineering plays a crucial role in shaping our world and improving the quality of life for everyone. From building infrastructure to developing technology, engineering is at the forefront of creating the solutions that make our lives easier, safer, and more comfortable,” said School of Engineering Dean William Hudson.” “We believe that this contest will not only be a fun and engaging activity for your students but will also help them understand the importance of engineering and inspire them to pursue careers in STEM.”




The Creating the Future Video Contest is sponsored by Dunwoody College of Technology, 818 Dunwoody Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55403. 

Contest participants must be: (a) a legal resident of Minnesota and (b) at least 14 years of age at the time of entry.  Minors must have the express written permission of a parent or guardian to participate in the Contest.  The Creating the Future Video Contest (“Contest”) is void outside Minnesota and where prohibited or restricted by law. Dunwoody employees and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such employees, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter the contest. Dunwoody will determine eligibility at its sole discretion.   

This Contest is sponsored by Dunwoody College of Technology (“Sponsor”).  All employees, officers, directors and agents of Sponsor or of any judges, marketing or advertising agencies, or others involved with the design, production, administration or distribution of this Contest, and their immediate families or any members of their households, regardless of relationship, are not eligible to participate in the Contest or to win any prizes. The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram. You understand that you are providing your information to Sponsor and not to Instagram. 

Any Contest entries received from ineligible participants will be disqualified.  By participating in this Contest, entrants accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final on all matters.  Sponsor reserves the right to modify these rules in any way at any time, subject to state or federal law.   

Contest Period:  

The Contest begins on Monday, February 20, 2023, and ends on Friday, March 10, 2023 (“Contest Period”).  All entries must be received and recorded by Sponsor during the Contest Period to be eligible.   

How To Enter: 
To enter the Contest, eligible participants are required to (a) post their video (“Entry”) to Instagram and tag @dunwoodycollege and (b) complete a submission form at ; (“Entry”). Videos must be 60 seconds or less and respond to one of the following: How has engineering improved society or quality of life? Or describe a problem that engineering can help solve. 

By entering, each participant warrants and certifies that his or her Entry:  (a) is original and was not copied from another work; (b) does not incorporate another party’s work or infringe the intellectual property, ownership or other rights of any third party; (c) has not been published in any medium; and (d) has not won an award in any other contest.  Participant represents that he or she has obtained consent from any and all individuals depicted in his or her Entry and that the Entry and any text/video/photo submitted will not constitute defamation or violate any person’s right of publicity or privacy.  Each participant represents that he or she owns or has all the necessary rights to convey all right and title in the Entry to Sponsor. 

Limit one (1) entry per person.  Duplicate, incomplete, and late entries will be disqualified. 

Sponsor is not responsible for any lost, misdirected, late, unsent, incomplete, illegible, or unintelligible Entry or for inaccurate information included on any Entry, whether caused by the participant or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Contest, or by any technical or human error that may occur.  Participant must notify Sponsor of any changed contact information within the Contest Period to remain eligible to win based on Entry.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any participant found to be tampering with the Entry process or the fair and orderly operation of the Contest; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; or to be acting with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.  Any use of robotic, automatic, programmed, or similar response methods will void all Entries submitted by such methods.  

By submitting an Entry, you agree to these Contest Rules and the judges’ decisions, which are final and binding in all respects.  All Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned.  Submission of an Entry hereby grants Sponsor, along with its agents, and/or assigns, an exclusive, irrevocable, unlimited, worldwide, perpetual, sub-licensable license and right to, copy, distribute, publish, display and otherwise use an Entry, in any media now known or later developed, including without limitation for any advertising or publicity on behalf of Sponsor.  

Prizes and Odds of Winning:  
Contest participants will submit their Entries for a chance to win one of three cash prizes in the amounts of $500, $250 and $100.  The chances of winning depend on the number of Entries received.  No transfer, assignment, cash redemption or substitution of any prize is permitted, except by Sponsor due to prize availability and then with a prize of equal or greater value.  

Judging Criteria and Selection of Winners: 

Entries will be judged by a panel of five (5) judges consisting of engineering and marketing professionals, in accordance with the following weighted criteria:   

  • Creativity (15%);  
  • Clear Connection to Engineering (25%);  
  • Identifying a Meaningful Problem (15%);  
  • Enthusiasm/Engagement (10%);  
  • Relating Topic to Relevant Engineering Disciplines (10%); and  
  • A topic that would be of interest to many other students of the same age (25%). 

Judges’ votes will be tabulated and winners will be selected on or about March 14, 2023.  Sponsor will notify each winner by email, within approximately two (2) days of winner selection.    

Prospective winners must respond within five (5) business days of being notified or the prize may be forfeited and another Contest participant chosen.  Each winner must satisfactorily complete an affidavit of eligibility showing compliance with these Contest Rules.  Each winner must also sign a liability and publicity release, allowing Sponsor, anyone acting on behalf of Sponsor, or its respective successors and assigns to, where permitted by law, without any further notice, review, or consent to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use, worldwide in any media, winner’s Entry, including, without limitation, the Entry and winner’s name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image or statements about the Contest, and biographical information, for advertising, public relations and promotional purposes without notice or compensation.  Failure to complete these forms may result in forfeiture of the prize.  In the event that the potential winner is disqualified for any reason, an alternate winner will be selected based on the Entrant with the next-highest point total in accordance with the judges’ decisions.  

Winners are solely responsible for all applicable federal, state or provincial, and local taxes and any expenses associated with any prizes. 

Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to modify, terminate, or suspend this Contest should viruses, bugs, unauthorized human intervention or other causes beyond Sponsor’s control corrupt or impair the administration, security or fairness of the Contest.  Sponsor is not responsible for any human or technological error that may occur in the processing of the Contest nor are they responsible for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, communications line failure, theft or destruction of, unauthorized access to, delay in operation, transmission, or distribution of, or alteration of entries, whether caused by the sender, any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Contest, or otherwise.  

Copyright Assignment: 

By accepting a prize, each winner agrees that his or her Entry will be deemed a work made for hire under the copyright laws of the United States and will be owned by Sponsor.  In the event this is not possible, then winner hereby irrevocably assigns and transfers to Sponsor all of his or her right, title and interest in the Entry for the consideration of the Contest prize.  Sponsor reserves the right to alter, change or modify any Entry, in its sole discretion.  Upon request of Sponsor, winner shall execute and deliver such additional instrument of assignment, as may be solely deemed by Sponsor, reasonably necessary to establish Sponsor as the owner of all right, title and interest in the Entry.  

Limitation of Liability and Dispute Resolution: 

By entering the Contest, participants release Sponsor, the Contest judges, and any other promotional sponsors, and each of their respective affiliated companies, directors, officers, employees, representatives, partners and agents from any liability whatsoever for any claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or with the acceptance, possession or use of any prize, including, without limitation, claims, costs, injuries, losses or damages related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation or portrayal in a false light. 

Except where prohibited, each participant and winner accepting a prize agrees that: (a) all issues and questions concerning these rules shall be governed by Minnesota law without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law of any jurisdiction; (b) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to this Contest or any prize awarded shall be (i) resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; and (ii) filed only in the state courts situated in Minnesota, and participant hereby consents and submits to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such disputes, claims or causes of action; (c) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, but in no event shall include attorneys’ fees; and (d) under no circumstances will any participant or winner be permitted to obtain awards for and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, special, consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.  

Identification of Winners and Official Rules:  

For an identification of winners or a copy of the Contest Rules, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope for receipt by March 16, 2023, to: Dunwoody College of Technology: Creating the Future Video Contest, c/o Marketing Department, 818 Dunwoody Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55403, or by email to:    

Sponsor Contact: 

If you have any questions regarding this Contest, please contact Dunwoody College of Technology at 612-374-5800.