Students Invited to Enter “Pittsburgh to Paris Climate Multimedia Challenge”

To raise awareness about climate change, CMU’s Steinbrenner Institute and Point Park University’s Center for Media Innovation are issuing the Pittsburgh (not) to Paris Climate Multimedia Challenge,” a multimedia competition among students in good standing at schools that are members of the Higher Education Climate Coalition* (part of the Pittsburgh Climate Initiative). Entrants will have a chance to win a pair of round-trip tickets from Pittsburgh to Paris, courtesy of WOW Airlines.

The idea came to fruition when President Trump announced the United States’ exit from the Paris Climate Accord earlier this year, he said, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto responded, saying, “we stand with the world and will follow the agreement.”

Beginning at noon on Saturday, September 9, students can upload a video with a hashtag of #P2PClimateChallenge. The goal is to raise awareness about climate change by making a video (along with a short narrative) that answers this question: What does this mean to you in a world where climate change is not an alternative fact?

Video submissions can be any style, but cannot exceed 60 seconds in length and personal statements are limited to 250 words. They must be relevant to climate change with a compelling presentation and production.

Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm October 2. Online voting (open to the public as well as members of HECC schools) will run October 3 – 20 to determine the 10 finalists. An expert panel will review the 10 finalists and pick one winner, who will be announced at Point Park’s Multimedia Workshop, to be held October 27-28 at the Center for Media Innovation.

*Along with Carnegie Mellon and Point Park, eligible educational institutions include the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Carlow University, Chatham University, Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, La Roche College, The Penn State Center, Robert Morris University and the University of Pittsburgh.