Micro Incorporated (TYO:
4704), a global leader in cybersecurity solutions, today announced
winners of the 2019 ‘What’s Your Story?’ video contest. The ninth annual
contest asks students to submit a video answering one question for a
chance to win several prizes, including a grand prize of $10,000.
This year, schools and individuals in the U.S. and Canada submitted
videos addressing the question, “If you had one special power to make
life online better, what would it be?” Contestants from 22 states and 3
provinces chose to tackle many internet ills with a wide range of
creative powers. Judges for this year’s competition included
representatives from Connectsafely, #ICanHelp, MediaSmarts, NAMLE, The
Cyberbullying Research Center, Twitter, and Trend Micro.
“Through this contest, students have shown us they are keenly aware of
both the good and bad influences of the internet and long to positively
influence how it is used,” said Lynette Owens, founder and global
director of Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids & Families program.
“We challenged students to be creative in solving the digital problem
most important to them. The special powers they came up with showed
ingenuity, shed light on what they see as the most critical online
problems, and emphasized their collective desire to do good. We’re
grateful for all the contestants who shared such deeply personal
submissions and want to congratulate the winners for their responses and
effort in spreading their messages far and wide.”
Brennan Strader of Spanish Fork, Utah won the top prize in the
individual category with his submission titled, “The Power to Grab
Reality.” The main character of the video possesses a unique ability to
identify scams, fake news and misinformation and with a humorous
approach, uses this skill for good and for fun.
Greenville High School students Avery C. and Seth H., of Greeneville,
Tennessee, earned the grand prize in the school category for their
entry, “The Cyberceptor.” Supported by teacher Nathan Hale, the students
take on cyberbullying in their video, demonstrating the special power of
intercepting harmful messages before a recipient sees them, changing
them to positive ones.
‘What’s Your Story?’ is an annual international competition that
encourages students to explore multiple issues related to safe,
responsible and successful technology use. Unlike most video contests,
participants must both submit an entry and demonstrate that they can be
an advocate for their own message. Contestants are asked to encourage
their fans and communities to view and rate their entries as evidence of
A complete list of the 2019 winners and finalists, past winners, and
more about the contest can be found at whatsyourstory.trendmicro.com.
About Trend Micro Internet Safety for Kids & Families
Founded in 2008, the mission of Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids &
Families is to enable and empower kids, parents, teachers, and schools
around the world to make the Internet a safe and secure place for
today’s youth. ISKF does this through a worldwide employee volunteer
program, grants and donations to eligible organizations, strategic
partnerships with organizations working to protect youth, educational
programs, and a robust series of online tips and solutions for parents,
educators, and youth. For ISKF’s free Internet safety tips, tools and
advice, visit: http://internetsafety.trendmicro.com/.
About Trend Micro
Trend Micro Incorporated, a global leader in cybersecurity solutions,
helps to make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Our
innovative solutions for consumers, businesses, and governments provide
layered security for data centers, cloud workloads, networks, and
endpoints. With more than 6,000 employees in 50 countries and the
world’s most advanced global threat research and intelligence, Trend
Micro enables organizations to secure their connected world. For more
information, visit www.trendmicro.com.