Faculty Interactive Media and Emerging Technologies Competition

Sandy Henry | Faculty IMET Chair
Drake University | sandy.henry@drake.edu

Leah Mangrum | Faculty IMET Vice Chair
Angelo State University | leah.mangrum@angelo.edu

The Faculty Interactive Media and Emerging Technologies Competition recognizes excellence in content creation that demonstrates creativity and innovation in interactive media and emerging technology.

“Interactive” refers to content that involves active participation by the intended audience, allowing the user to have some control over the engagement experience. Examples may include but are not limited to websites, kiosks, mobile apps, fixed media, or other projects.

“Emerging Technologies” may include but are not limited to virtual, augmented or mixed reality; games; transmedia; geo apps; or other projects that employ emerging technologies and delivery systems in significant ways.

The Faculty Interactive Media and Emerging Technologies Competition accepts entries in five categories. Entries will be accepted from November 15 – December 15, 2017, and winners will be showcased during an awards ceremony at the BEA Convention in Las Vegas in April 2018.

The intention of this competition is to review and reward faculty creative work. The categories are intended for faculty who are authors of projects and not for projects contracted to in-house or external production entities. All categories in this competition except FM5 (below) are intended for projects created by faculty without the involvement of students, except as logistical support. If students are involved in roles other than tangential support, the project should be submitted into FM5. If the students had the primary production role, the projects should be submitted to the student competition.

The Faculty Interactive Media and Emerging Technologies Competition accepts entries in the following categories:

FM1-Education: Course websites, instructional tutorials, or other interactive educational projects used in courses related to BEA-affiliated academic disciplines. This category is limited to projects that further the educational mission of the BEA.

FM2-News and Information: Interactive projects or websites in news, documentary, promotional or informational genres. This category is open to a wide range of informative projects not focused on the educational mission of the BEA.

FM3-Entertainment: Interactive games, applications, websites or other interactive projects focused on entertainment. This category is open to a wide range of projects, including serious gaming, simulations, mobile applications, and projects that target alternative delivery systems for entertainment purposes.

FM4-Solo: Any type of project incorporating interactive media or emerging technology that was created entirely by one faculty member without the support of other production personnel.

FM5-Mixed: Any type of project incorporating interactive media or emerging technology that was created by a combination of faculty members and students, where the work is divided between the two groups. Include a description of the role of faculty and the role of students in the entry description field of the entry form. If the students had the primary production role, the projects should be submitted to the student competition.

Submission Requirements:

Website or web-based submissions should not be changed, except for required content updates, between December 15, 2017, and February 15, 2018.

Projects based on a template/theme must show evidence of significant and effective customization to the aesthetic and interactive components of the template/theme.

DVD entries will be considered in the IMET Festival competition if they contain an original interface design with significant additional material and interactivity. DVDs created primarily as a means to deliver a video program should be entered in the video competition. Likewise, non-interactive videos delivered on the web should also be entered in the video competition.

Fixed media entries that cannot be submitted online, must be submitted on CD, DVD or USB flash drive. Send four (4) copies of your fixed media project to:

Sandy Henry, Faculty IMET Competition Chair
Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication
2805 University Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50311
(515) 271-3714

Mailed entries must be postmarked by December 8, 2017, and received by the Faculty IMET Competition Chair by December 15, 2017. Entries received by mail will not be returned.

Fixed media must be clearly labeled with only the title of the entry (as listed on the entry form). To ensure an effective blind review process, labels and the content of the work itself should not contain any information that points to the identity of its author(s), if possible.

The entrant must provide instructions if a special plug-in is required for viewing, if specific browser/platforms are required, or if there are any other specific hardware, software, or geographic requirements and settings necessary for the operation of the entry. Please include this information in the entry description field of the entry form.

It is recommended that any submission that cannot be easily evaluated by IMET judges also include an online video or website showcasing the project in use, re-created interactive elements, and other relevant information. The entrant must state that the video or website represents the entry, but isn’t the entry itself, in the entry description field of the entry form. Such an entry must include a signed statement from a sponsoring faculty member or administrator, attesting to the functionality of the entry.

Web-based submissions that are unavailable online or other programs that cannot be opened or viewed by judges will be disqualified.

Please read the BEA Festival of Media Arts Faculty Competition Rules to verify that your entry meets all eligibility requirements for submission.