As families and individuals across America settle into a new reality, people are searching for ways to connect with their community from their living rooms. Parents and caregivers are looking for something to teach or do with their children, businesses are trying to stay afloat, and local governments are trying to keep their communities safe and informed.
While many people are increasingly worried about the current situation, it’s important to remember that future funding for many of the critical healthcare and emergency services being used today will be determined by communities participating in the 2020 Census.
That is why the U.S Census Bureau’s innovation team — the Census Open Innovation Labs (COIL) — has launched a first-of-its-kind Video Prize Challenge to engage communities and individuals to help get the word out about the 2020 Census and encourage people to self-respond to the Census through the phone, mail or online. COIL will award a total of $50,000 in cash prizes to creators of the most impactful, inspiring, creative, and culturally relevant videos ranging from 30 seconds to three minutes. And the best news - you can do this from your own living room! The goal of the competition is to encourage folks to self-respond to the 2020 Census, especially hard-to-count communities, through fun, engaging and informative short-form videos. This open call for content is designed to help educate and motivate individuals so that they understand why it’s critical to complete the 2020 Census — from getting the funding their community needs for hospitals and healthcare infrastructure planning, community services, as well as funding for schools, roads, emergency response, and more. In addition,the population counts from the 2020 Census impacts representation in congress, and in local levels of government.
The competition is for everyone! Families, students, kids and professionals are all welcome to submit a video! Submission period is open until April 17th at 1