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Global Energy Forum Video Competition

Skier on a slope at the Beaver Creek ski resort
The conference takes place at the base of the Beaver Creek Ski Resort.

Global Energy Forum 2015 student winners on stage
Last year’s student winners on stage at the Forum

The Precourt Institute and Stanford Energy Club are excited to announce the second student video competition for the Global Energy Forum in Beaver Creek, Colorado! Winners will receive registration, airfare, and accommodations for the conference on January 26-27, 2017. This is an excellent opportunity to showcase student research and network with distinguished professionals.

The video contest is open to all current Stanford undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs. To participate, individuals or teams of two students will submit a short video (2.0 minutes max) highlighting their energy-related research. Topics may include, but are not limited to: renewable generation, oil and gas, transportation, smart grid technologies, alternative fuels, energy storage, as well as economic, business and policy models. Videos should bring to life a central concept, phenomenon, or experiment.

The Stanford Energy Club will evaluate the submissions and select competition winners to attend the conference. In the case of team submissions, both team members will be selected to attend. Student videos will be played throughout the conference, aligning with presentations and panel discussions that touch on similar themes. Submissions will be evaluated on the following parameters:

  1. Clearly outlines research topic in straightforward manner (assumes audience has little or no prior knowledge)
  2. Presents information in interesting, engaging, and original manner

The submission deadline is Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM PST. Winners will be notified by December 13.

Global Energy Forum

Presented by the Global Energy Forum Foundation in partnership with the Stanford University Precourt Institute for Energy and the Stanford University Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, the sixth annual forum will host leaders from around the world in an engaging and thought-provoking examination of North America as a Global Energy Powerhouse, focusing on creating improvements in energy efficiency, sustainability, clean energy technologies, energy security, and supply. Featured speakers, panelists, and attendees will again include an exciting roster of distinguished government officials, corporate energy executives, leading research scientists, venture capitalists, investors, entrepreneurs, and world-renowned journalists. The Forum will also host more than 125 students from top North American colleges and universities.

The Forum takes place on January 26-27, 2017 at the base of Beaver Creek Resort, providing an intimate setting for networking and conversation just steps away from breathtaking views and one of the country's best winter outdoor sport destinations. Beaver Creek’s spectacular Vilar Performing Arts Center will once again serve as the event’s headquarters.

For more information, please visit the conference website:

Submission Guidelines

  • All video submissions must be no longer than 2.0 minutes (please note: videos exceeding two minutes will not be considered).
  • Videos must be in 1920 x 1080p resolution or better (newer smartphone cameras generally OK). Anything lower in quality will not be considered.
  • Videos may be created with a wide range of styles including but not limited to live action and animation.
  • All submissions must be in English and use English voice over and/or written text if included as elements of the submission.
  • Individuals or teams of two members may submit a single video. In the case of team submissions one member must act as the primary contact.
  • Limit of one submission per individual or team.
  • All submitting participants and team members must be currently enrolled Stanford undergraduate students, graduate students or postdoctoral researchers.
  • Precourt Institute will award prizes based on an internal evaluation of the submissions. The winning recipients will receive a conference pass for the Global Energy Forum and have their travel expenses covered by Precourt. Guidelines of what expenses are covered will be provided to winners, and reimbursements must follow stated guidelines.
  • When a submission is based on research findings conducted by a lab group or research organization at Stanford, the citation(s) for that research should be included as part of the submission (end of the video).
  • Include only original work, appropriately attributed Creative Commons materials, and license-free media. Please do not use music or clips from other copyrighted sources.
  • If selected, the final video must be delivered in one of the following formats: .mp4 or .mov. For high quality, use H.264 codec during compression.
  • All submissions must be received by December 6, 2016 at 11:59 PM and the awards will be announced by December 13, 2016.

How to Submit

A Precourt Institute video award submission form must be completed for each entry:

The videos themselves may be posted on YouTube or Vimeo and the unique URL included in the submission form, submitted through a file-sharing portal, such as Dropbox or Box, or turned in on a thumb drive.

For general submission questions, please contact Tim Yeskoo or Terra Weeks

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