1: 360° Video




Create a captivating 360° x 180° VR video experience, with a theme based on one of the United Nations seventeen Sustainable Development goals. 


You can find a list of the global goals here: Sustainable Development Goals.

Guidelines / Rules

  • Create a 360° x 180° VR video experience.
  • The video experience must be about of one the United Nations seventeen sustainable development goals.
  • Minimum duration: 1 minute 30 seconds.
  • Maximum duration: exactly 10 minutes.
  • The video can be designed to play in a loop or not. This is not relevant to the jury's assessment.
  • No 3D modulation program should be used to amplify the VR experience, only a dome 360° x 180° video is accepted.
  • No interactivity, just a viewing experience.
  • Sound is not mandatory but is allowed to be used if so desired.
  • The 360° video may be filmed in a natural or an arranged environment; it can be a single large video or a mosaic of videos.
  • The complete video experience must be made easily available to the jury through a stable link for downloading.
  • One of the following storage services must be used: Dropbox, The Box, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive.
  • The link, provided by the participant, shall provide access to a downloadable folder named after the contest category.  If multiple projects, then a separate folder for each project.  The folder/s must contain:
  1. The total project ready to run on the recommended platform. 
  2. A text file (PDF or Word) with contact information. If a team, then the names of all team members must be listed.
    The text file must also clearly state which global goal the video is about and the title of the video (a short title is preferable).
  • The participant must state the recommended VR equipment to use and ensure that it runs smoothly on the device.

    One of the following VR equipment must be used:
    Google Cardboard cell phone
    Google Daydream cell phone
    Samsung Galaxy Gear VR
    HTC Vive
    Oculus Rift 

    NOTE: For each platform, see technical specifications: Development resources

    (Choice of technical platform will not affect the jury's assessment, neither will selected video format (ex. 4K or not).
  • It is the participant's sole responsibility to ensure that nothing in the finished product (or any step in the creation process, use of software, etc.) violates copyright or licensing laws in any way. The rights to all materials (including, if applicable, the involvement of people) must be owned by the participant and be guaranteed free to use and publish.


For more important contest info, read:  CONTEST INFO



Advice / Suggestions

Relevant information and programs can be found online. Some information and advice regarding 360° video can be found on the following web pages:





Regarding web pages for VR developers, see:  DEVELOPMENT RESOURCES.



The jury's judging criteria



How immersive and engaging is the video as a VR experience? 


Innovative and creative approach

Composition, action, editing, storytelling, use of the possibilities/advantages of the VR media etc.


The impact on the viewer

Does the video make the viewer think/reflect? Is it perhaps enlighting? How is the message/theme concerning the global goal conveyed? Does it evoke an emotional response (any type: beauty, worry, sadness, joy)? Etc.


Deadlines / Registration fees:

Early Deadline  -  January 18th, 2018    20 US$

Regular Deadline  -  April 18th, 2018     25 US$

Final Deadline  -  June 20th, 2018          35 US$


No company or organization can enter the contest as the registered participant.  Employees of any company can of course participate as private individuals.  It is possible to participate in the contest as a single individual or as a team with two or more members.  Hence, the term "participant" used in texts covers both cases.  If participating as a team, one person must be chosen to register and handle all contact during the contest. 


It is possible to participate in multiple categories with different projects.  It is also possible to participate in multiple categories with the same project adapted to fulfill the criteria of each category.  However, a registration fee is required for each entered category. 
If entering a single category with multiple projects, a separate complete registration is needed for each project.