Finalists will present at the 2018 SME Annual Conference & Expo in Minneapolis, MN on February 26. Register to attend or tune into the competition streamed live on the SME Facebook page.
Winner of the People’s Choice Finalist
An online competition leading to one of the year's most anticipated events, Move Mining is a competition designed to change the perception of an industry that's already changing the world.
Move Mining brings an exciting range of experience to the live event. As leaders in their professions, they will challenge and inspire you and your teammates.
Bianca Prade has been working in corporate and online communications for nearly 20 years, most recently as vice president of digital strategy for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. Her work has led to several awards, including PR Newswire’s 2013 Earnies Awards and PR News’ Social Media Icon Awards for 2013.
Tom is currently Project Manager & Senior Engineer at KCA in Reno, Nevada. He holds a BS in Mining Engineering and a BS in Energy Business and Finance both from Penn State. Tom has strong process background with years of global EPC/EPCM project delivery. Focusing on high-risk projects, he’s spent nearly five years overseas mostly in Africa and Asia in both office and field roles. Tom is the Chair for the Young Leaders.
John N. Ward is President of John Ward Inc. -- a marketing and public affairs consultancy focusing on energy issues. John is chairman of the Government Relations Committee of the American Coal Ash Association and was the first recipient of that organization's Champion Award. He was formerly Vice President, Marketing and Government Affairs, for Headwaters Incorporated -- the nation's largest manager and marketer of coal ash. John is a former board member and past president of the American Coal Council.
It's time to showcase you and your team's concept. Learn how to create, upload and share your video and abstract for this year's competition.
Do you have the big idea on how to change the world’s perception of mining? If so, your idea could be worth $5,000. Submit your concept online by December 1, 2017 for a chance to be chosen as one of the top five finalist teams to compete at the live Move Mining event at the SME Annual Conference & Expo on February 26, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN.
Submit your video and share it for a chance to win the People’s Choice and advance straight to the live event! People’s Choice voting ends December 13, so submit your concept today and start sharing!
You have your concept idea and now it’s time to share it with the world. Develop a promotional video about your concept that summarizes your concept in 3 minutes or less. The video can be creative, fun and exciting. These videos will be the first impression the judges and the world will have about your concept.
Along with your video, there will be a required one-page abstract that includes the core elements of your concept. These abstracts will be crucial in providing supporting documentation for the finalist judging committee.
The “Move Mining” Competition (“Competition”) is designed to give people ages 13 and older the chance to explain their idea to change the world’s perception of an industry that’s already changing the world – mining. Your idea could be a winner if it’s powered by science, technology, or math, and is creative about the kind of innovations we’ll need to change the perception of mining on a global level.
Competition Entrants will explain their idea in a video. From the video submissions, the Top 5 Finalists will be announced and will present their concepts in a “Shark Tank”-style presentation at the SME Annual Conference & Expo in February 2018 in Minneapolis, MN. The First Place Winner will get personalized advice or commentary from a leader in their field of innovation, facilitated by SME Director of Marketing & Communications, on how to make their idea become a reality.
You can enter the Competition as an individual or as a team of up to six (6) members. All team members must be in the over 13 years age group at time of entry. Teams with individuals who do not meet those age requirements will be disqualified, and their Submissions will be void. For purposes of these Official Rules, Individuals and Teams shall collectively be known as “Entrants”. Teams comprised of individuals 18 years and younger must have a parent, guardian or adult team sponsor as the primary contact for the team and as a mandatory presenter at the SME Annual Conference & Expo.
Your video can be as simple as a shot of you explaining your idea, or as elaborate as an animation showing how it’s all going to work. It’s up to you! But the video must be produced by you, the Entrant, and be about your idea.
Videos must be submitted in English.
Here’s how it works:
Finalists are required to submit a five – seven (5-7) page paper outlining the concept presented in the 3-minute video. The concept paper must include, but is not limited to: 1. Executive Summary 2. Idea Details including charts and images 3. Target Audience 4. Preliminary Budget 5. Brief Marketing Plan The paper must not exceed 7 pages. Papers must be submitted as a Word document or PDF. Concept papers will be given to the Live Event Panel of Judges one (1) week prior to the live event. Concept papers must be written in English. Concept papers must be written and submitted to SME no later than February 1, 2018.Live Presentations
Each finalist team is required to send a minimum of two (2) team members to present at the SME Annual Conference & Expo in Minneapolis, MN in February 2018. As part of becoming a finalist or finalist team, SME will provide two (2) free 1-day conference registrations. For other team members wishing to participate in the live event, full conference registration is required. To learn more about the SME Annual Conference & Expo and conference registration, please visit www.smeannualconference.com. Teams are permitted to build presentations as elaborate as they wish. Props, digital media and other presentation materials are highly encouraged. Event Coordinators will be setting the stage for competing teams. Props and other presentation materials must be manageable by a two person team.
For more information about the live event and requirements, please see the Rules and Regulations.
New! to the Move Mining program this year is Move Mining Next Gen, an international online competition for K-12 participants designed to engage one of our most influencial demographics – our youth. Participants in Move Mining Next Gen are asked to answer one critical question, “Why is mining important in our lives?” Using their knowledge from individual research and classroom education, teams create 3-minute videos that share their ideas about where minerals are found and mined, how we use them, why mining is important and what careers are necessary to make the process happen. Participants will compete for prizes in five categories, with four winners to be determined by committee and one by People’s Choice. The Best Overall Video will win a prize of $1,000.
To learn more about Move Mining Next Gen and how to participate, please visit www.moveminingnextgen.org.
The Move Mining live event will take place at the SME Annual Conference & Expo on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 4:30pm CST. Don't miss this opportunity to see the finalists compete in a Shark Tank-Style competition! Early registration for the SME Annual Conference & Expo opens in October 2017. Register for the full conference and experience the movement that is Move Mining.
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What is Move Mining?
Move Mining is a program that stems from the idea to change or “move” the perception of mining in the public eye by encouraging individuals and teams to use their innovation and ideas, with the support of our sponsoring organizations, to share their positive messaging about mining with the world.
I see the finalists are required to present at the SME Annual Conference & Expo. What is the SME Annual Conference & Expo?
The SME Annual Conference & Expo is professional mining and minerals industry convention held annually. In 2018, the SME Annual Conference & Expo will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The conference draws more than 6000 attendees and experts from all fields, and offers an exhibit floor of more than 750 booths.
Move Mining will host a live event during which the finalist teams will present their concepts before a panel of judges and a live audience.
If your team is chosen as a finalist by our review committee or by popular vote, a minimum of two members of your team are required to present at the live event.
The Move Mining live event at the 2017 SME Annual Conference & Expo drew more than 300 audience members and was seen more than 4,500 times on the Facebook live stream.
How much does it cost to attend the SME Annual Conference & Expo?
If you are interested in attending the live event, conference pricing will depend on the type of registration.
For more information about the SME Annual Conference & Expo and registration pricing, please visit www.smeannualconference.com.
What is Move Mining Next Gen?
Move Mining Next Gen is an online competition for young adults k-12 that explores what are the types of minerals from mines, where we get them, and how we put them to use. Competitors will compete for prizes in four categories by creating a video to market to a world audience that addresses why a particular mineral is useful or helpful to our lives, why mining is important, and the careers necessary to mine and use the minerals.
To learn more about Move Mining Next Gen and how to participate, please visit www.moveminingnextgen.org.
We love this new idea! Can my company sponsor Move Mining?
Sponsorships for Move Mining are available at different sponsorship levels. If you or your company are interested in supporting Move Mining, please view our sponsorships online or contact our sponsorship coordinator at email@example.com.
We would love to have you and your organization involved!
We LOVE Volunteers
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for the live event, please contact the Move Mining program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s just another way for you to help support the movement!
Attend Move Mining at the SME Annual Conference & Expo in February 2018.