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Start thinking about your submission video

There are a few weeks left to enter your submission to the Microsoft Azure U.S. Hack for Accessibility. Submissions are due by 5 PM ET on March 15, 2021. 

Your video is a major component of your submission. Here are some helpful tips for you to plan, create, and publish a winning video.  

Get organized. Write out a script of what you need to say and demonstrate in your video and rehearse it before recording to be sure it is under 3 minutes. A good script should include: 

  • Your elevator pitch of why you built your project. 
  • A demo of your project in action to prove it is a real application via a step-by-step visual demo to show that it is not just an animation. 
  • An explanation of which Azure services you used. 
  • An explanation of how you incorporated feedback and the experience of people with disabilities. 

Start Recording. The great thing about pre-recorded demo videos is that it doesn’t have to be perfect in one shot. Here are some suggestions for recording: 

  • Use an emulator or create a screencast with audio narration. 
  • There are many programs that might help you record a presentation such as recording a Microsoft Teams meeting presentation. 
  • Be sure to add closed captioning to ensure your video is accessible. You can use Youtube's automated captioning or add some manually.
  • Before you are done with your video get a friend or family member to watch it and give you feedback.  

Pro Tip: Don't wait until the last minute to upload your video. There have been many times a submission becomes ineligible due to errors with video rendering and uploading. 

We can’t wait to see your project and how you showcase it in your video. 

Lights, Camera, Action! 

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