Chicago NATO Summit Video Contest 

CPS Students,

Chicago 2012 Global Crossroads


President Obama has invited leaders from over 50 countries to Chicago for a meeting called the NATO Diplomatic Summit. We want you to make a welcome video for those leaders. Tell them in your own words why you love our city.  This is your chance to shine as a director!


CPS has partnered with the Chicago NATO Host Committee to announce a creative video contest for CPS elementary and high school students. Students throughout the District will compete to produce the most innovative videos welcoming NATO delegates to Chicago. The videos should showcase the city as well as our students to give the world leaders a true and warm “Chicago welcome.”


Winning videos to be featured on the Host Committee website, and distributed through social media. The Chicago NATO Host Committee has graciously donated the prizes including iPods for all the winners.  In addition one new 4G iPad will be awarded for a winner drawn at random, a $400 office supplies gift certificate to be shared by teachers of winning students and recognition by CPS and NATO leadership at an event in May.



Two winning videos will be selected by an independent judging panel; one elementary-level (K-8) video and one high school-level video. Students may work individually or in teams of up to four. Videos must be no longer than three minutes.


To Enter

  • Create a video (maximum of three minutes) and upload it to the CPS drop box (see detailed instructions below). You may only enter one video.
  • Fill out the Contest Entry & Video Release Form Opens in a new window icon.


Submission Deadline:


Friday, April 27, 2012 @ 11:59 PM

Learn more here


Submitting Videos

Method #1:
Use to send the video to Monique Burgos ( in the CPS Communications Office. YouSendIt's file sharing service offers basic file transfer via e-mail for free.


Method #2:
If you have a DropBox account, e-mail Monique Burgos ( to request to join the NATO Summit Video Share folder. Simply drop your video into the folder before the video deadline. If you do not have a DropBox account and would like to use DropBox to submit your video, e-mail Monique Burgos ( by 5:00PM on Tuesday, April 24th for information on how to join DropBox and submit your video.


Tips on Making a Video

• Tell a story:  Make sure your video has a beginning and an end.  If you’re stuck for a beginning, one idea is to introduce yourself and let us know who you are.


• Stay focused:  Keep it short and focused on a theme or idea.  The contest rules require that your video be three minutes or less.


• Add original music:  Music keeps a story moving along and keeps the audience engaged.  BUT, do NOT use copywritten music as this will mean we cannot play your video.  Use music you play yourself or work with your school band, orchestra or choir to use original selections.


• Get moving:  Movement will make your video more exciting to watch—don’t be afraid to walk and talk.  You can probably imagine how much more interesting it is to watch someone walking in front of something versus sitting at a camera and talking.


• Know your audience:  Many of the people coming for the NATO Summit have never been to Chicago and know nothing about it.  Lots of them don’t even know that we are on Lake Michigan. We want you to be our local ambassadors to the delegates, so give them a sense of what Chicago is like.


• But, above all, be CREATIVE and HAVE A GOOD TIME!



For additional information, please read the Contest Guidelines and Rules Opens in a new window icon.