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#ThisisMIT video contest gives students a chance to indulge their creativity and submit short videos showcasing the magic of MIT.
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The #ThisisMIT contest asked students to submit short videos focusing on what defines their MIT experience outside of the lab and classroom.
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The #ThisisMIT contest asked students to submit short videos focusing on what defines their MIT experience outside of the lab and classroom.
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It is well-known that MIT students are academically exceptional. What is less known is how well-rounded, creative, and artistic they are.

To showcase what students do outside of the classroom, MIT Communications Initiatives and the Division of Student Life created a campaign to encourage students to produce videos for social sharing. The goal was to give audiences around the world a greater sense of the magic and culture of MIT.

Following brainstorming sessions with a group of students and discussions of what might encourage students to participate, the #ThisisMIT video contest was created. The contest ran from the second week of September until Thanksgiving.

In the five winning entries in the #ThisisMIT video contest, students show what defines their MIT experience outside of the lab and classroom.

Students submitted short videos focusing on what defines their MIT experience outside of the lab and classroom, with topics ranging from athletics to art. Their lens provides a glimpse into what makes MIT such a special place to so many. The top three video winners received $100 in TechCASH, while two runners-up received $50 in TechCASH.

The winning videos were:

$100 TechCASH Winners

“#ThisIsMIT” by sophomore Daniel “Gonzo” Gonzalez Cunningham

“Dance at MIT” by junior Claire Nobuhara

“Are you Artistic?” by sophomore Max Kessler

$50 TechCASH Winners

“Making a Batman Bass Guitar,” by graduate student Jin Wu

“MIT Women's Rugby,” by senior Alexa Jaeger

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