SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and its Future of Plastics Foundation are looking for students to tell the future of plastics through video. The trade association has announced the official opening of the plastics industry's 2014 Student Video Contest. This year's theme is "Innovating in the 21st Century" and asks graduate and undergraduate students, as teams and/or as individuals, to submit 2-4 minute videos that explore the future of plastics in the realms of innovation, design freedom and the economics of plastics.
"The history of the plastics industry is rich with innovations and developments that continue to affect our daily lives in ways that many of us never even think to notice. But the truth is that the story of plastic's past has already been told; we want students to tell us the story of plastic's future," said SPI President and CEO Bill Carteaux. "Many of the items that we take for granted today seemed like science fiction even a decade ago, but what innovations in plastic will we be saying that about in 10, 25 or even 50 years from now? That's the question we want our best and brightest to answer in the 2014 Student Video Contest and its theme of 'Innovating in the 21st Century.'"
Entries can be submitted on SPI's Student Video Contest website and will be judged on creativity, originality and how effectively the video promotes innovation in the plastics industry. Prizes will be awarded to the top three submissions: the third place winner will receive a $3,500 cash prize, the second place winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize and, for the first time in the competition's history, the grand prize winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Orlando, Fla. for NPE2015.