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Contest Entries Closed

The deadline for submitting entries for the Digital Project Contest has passed. Winners will be announced by April 21, 2017.

The Digital Knowledge Center is excited to announce UMW’s third, annual Digital Project Contest. Students are invited to submit work in one of three categories: Best Digital Academic Project (Individual), Best Digital Academic Project Site (Group), or Best Personal Domain. A $150 prize will be awarded to the first place winner in each category. This year’s contest is sponsored by Reclaim Hosting, the hosting provider for Domain of One’s Own.

Projects will be judged by a panel of UMW faculty and staff as well as representatives from Reclaim Hosting.

All submissions must be received by Monday, April 3, 2017 at midnight.

Winners will be announced by April 21, 2017.

Best Digital Academic Project (Individual or Group)

This category is designed for students to submit a project they created using digital tools to complete an academic assignment in a UMW course (prior to spring 2016 and after fall 2014). Submissions from any discipline are acceptable.

Projects may include Web sites, digital video or audio creations, online games, apps, or custom-designed programs. Those interested in submitting a project in another format should contact Martha Burtis at mburtis@umw.edu for advice.

Submissions must be made available for judges to fully access and review.

If submitting in the group category, all members of the group must agree to the submission. The submitter will be required to enter names and email contact information for each group member; these individuals will receive an email with entry information and may contact us if they do NOT agree to the contest submission. In addition, in the group category, prize money will be divided among the group members.

Projects will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • the design and features of the project clearly communicate its academic purpose and value
  • the project provides a comprehensive and/or valuable resource about the particular topic or findings it addresses
  • the project is visually appealing
  • the project is well-organized
  • each member of the group played a role in creating the project (for group projects only)
  • the project can be clearly used and/or navigated

In the event of a large number of submissions in this category, contest officials reserve the right to divide the categories into smaller groupings (For example: freshman/sophomore projects and junior/senior projects.)

FAQ

What kind of projects are acceptable in these categories?

For submissions in the Academic Digital Project (Individual or Group), we will accept projects in a range of formats and media: Web sites, digital video/audio creations, apps or custom-created programs, games, etc.

Whatever format your project takes, you must be able to make it accessible (in its entirety) to the slate of judges. For example, if you have a video you created that is only available on a Flash drive you should plan on uploading it to a video sharing site so that it can be shared with the panel. If you’ve created an app, you should be able to make that available to judges so they can download and evaluate it.

If you’re unsure about whether the format of your project is acceptable or are not certain how to distribute it, please contact Martha Burtis.

I'm working on a project right now. Can I submit it?

We’re only accepting submissions for projects completed before Spring 2017.

I've submitted something for another category. Can I enter this one as well?

Yes, you may enter (different) sites/projects for more than one category, but you can only win in one.

I'm confused about what's required for the Group category.

The group category was designed to allow students to submit projects they worked on collaboratively for a class. A group is defined as two or more people, and in order to submit in the group category, all members of the group must agree to the submission.

When you submit your project you will be asked to provide UMW email contact information for each group member; each member will then be contacted and given an opportunity to respond if they do NOT agree with the project being submitted. To avoid any confusion, you should plan on discussing the submission with every group member prior to submitting.

What will be I be asked to submit when I enter?

Here is the information that you will need to provide upon submission:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Academic Year
  • Description of Your Project: In 2-3 paragraphs describe the project you completed? What was the original assignment and what was your focus? What technical & design choices did you make in building the site and what was the reasoning behind these choices?
  • Submission information: You can either submit your project with a Web site URL or indicate another mechanism by which you wish to submit your work
  • Honor Pledge: You will need to check a box signifying that you pledge the work you are submitting is your own.

In addition, group projects must include the following information:

  • Name and email addresses of all group members
  • Description of the role that each group member played in completing the project.

Best Personal Domain

This category is for submission of personal sites developed using UMW’s Domain of One’s Own project. Submissions in this category do not need to be academic in nature, although they may include and/or link to online academic work completed by the student. Sites will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • the site portrays a full and rich demonstration of who the student is through the use of digital media and tools
  • the site incorporates student’s various digital identities and personas from other sites and social media
  • the site uses a customized aesthetic and design that helps to reflect a student’s identity and/or interests
  • the site is visually appealing
  • the site is well-organized

In the event of a large number of submissions in this category, contest officials reserve the right to divide the category into smaller groupings (For example, we might divide the category into two competitions, such as freshman/sophomore domains and junior/senior domains.) If this should happen, each winner in the subcategory will receive a $150 prize.

FAQ

Must my site be on Domain of One's Own?

Yes, for this category, submissions will only be accepted for sites that are hosted and developed on Domain of One’s Own. Any student at UMW is eligible to obtain a free domain through the project and to build out their site in that space.

Does my site have to be in WordPress?

WordPress is, by far, the most popular Web publishing applications that students, faculty, and staff at UMW use on Domain of One’s Own. Our DKC tutors are well-versed in its functionality and can offer lots of assistance. However, if you choose to use a different application or create a site from scratch, you are still welcome to submit it for the contest.

How is this category different from Best Digital Academic Project?

The purpose of this category is to recognize and reward students who have done an excellent job building out a personal reflection of themselves at their domain. A site can certainly include (and link to) academic work that the student has completed online, but the site will not be judged based upon the merit of the presentation of academic material in the same way that submissions in the Best Digital Academic Project categories will be judged.

I want to compete, but I need help. Where can I get assistance?

All students at UMW are welcome to schedule an appointment at the Digital Knowledge Center with one of our tutors, who are well-versed in using Domain of One’s Own.

I've entered one of the Academic Digital Project categories. Can I enter this one as well?

Yes, you may enter (different) sites/projects for more than one category, but you can only win in one.

What will I be asked to submit when I enter?

Here is the information that you will need to provide upon submission:

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • Academic Year
  • Description of Your Domain: In 2-3 paragraphs share with us what your overall approach was to creating your domain. What did you incorporate into your site and why? Were there certain parts of your digital identity which you didn’t feel belonged here and why?
  • URL of your site
  • Honor Pledge: You will need to check a box signifying that you pledge the work you are submitting is your own.