Whether it’s as a student, intern, mid-level manager, or high-level executive, individuals with disabilities bring a unique perspective and diverse talents to the world, universities and the workplace each and every day. The Lime Connect 'In the Limelight' video contest aims to highlight that by showcasing how university students and professionals are rebranding disability through achievement.
Help us change the narrative by sharing your story of how you are living, working, and thriving as an individual who happens to have a disability. We’re awarding $20,000 in cash prizes to the top stories!
- First Place: $10,000
- Second Place: $5,000
- Third Place: $2,500
- Viewer’s Choice: $1,000
- Honorable Mention(s): $500
Prizes are courtesy of Lime Connect special advisor, Vint Cerf – Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, “One of the Fathers of the Internet," and the inspiration behind this contest. Hear from Vint and NextGen Junior Board member Shariq Jumani in the video below!
How to Participate:
This contest has two rounds and all you need is your cell phone and a few minutes!
Round 1: You will submit a short statement (150 words) that provides a little background on your disability, notes some of the daily challenges you may experience as a student or professional, and how you are rocking it!
Round 2: Upon notification, selected semi-finalists submit a 2-3 minute video based on your essay. Adding creativity and additional information/stories beyond the round 1 essay submission is encouraged but not required.
Check out some examples from our winning entries since 2017 HERE!
- You must be an 18 or older student or professional living in the U.S. or Canada
- You must identify as a person who happens to have a disability*
- You must submit an original, unpublished work
- By participating, you grant Lime Connect full rights to use your submissions in future marketing or promotional material (see contest form for additional details)
*An individual with a visible or invisible disability is defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term, or recurring, issue that impacts one or more major activities that others may consider to be a daily function; this definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists. We know that 90% of disabilities on campus are invisible, as are the majority of those in the workplace, and individuals with all disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Frequently asked questions:
Q: I can't seem to get my story down to just 150 words, can I submit 300+?
A: While we recognize it may be difficult to sum up all of your experiences in just a few sentences, we encourage you to stay as close to the 150 recommendation as possible by focusing on what you believe is most impactful for us to know. If selected as a finalist, you will have plenty of space to elaborate on your full story in your video.
Q: My disability is invisible or may not be as "extreme" as someone else, should I still apply?
A: Absolutely! Your story matters! See above for our definition of disability.
Q: I don't run my own company and I am not yet a high level executive, will my story of achievement matter?
A: YES! We will consider your application against a rubric that considers many different components of your story and the creativy used to share it. We wan't to hear all stories!
More About #IntheLimelight
The #IntheLimelight video contest was inspired by Lime Connect special advisor, Vint Cerf – Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist and “One of the Fathers of the Internet. As a leader in the disability community, Vint noted the serious lack of content around the experiences and success stories of people with disabilities. Lime Connect and Vint share the belief that sharing these stories will help to dispel misconceptions and highlight the value that individuals with disabilities bring to the world, universities, and the workplace and beyond. Lime Connect launched the first video contest in July 2017 with Vint Cerf as the sponsor.
Know someone who should apply? Want to share with your media outlet? Help us spread the word about this contest by downloading our digital toolkit and details HERE
About The Lime Network
You do not need to be a member of The Lime Network to participate, however, we strongly encourage it. The Lime Network was developed to be a career resource for high-potential university students and professionals who happen to have disabilities. Network members receive exclusive access to scholarships, internships and career opportunities with our partners, one-one-coaching opportunities, professional development resources, and so much more! Join The Lime Network.