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Why Share Your Story

Every Albertan has ideas, achievements or experiences that influence the future of other citizens, communities and companies. These are stories about you, or your friends or family, your community, your province or the entire country. What challenges did you face? Who may benefit from your idea?

Be original, be creative, be compelling — show us what it means to be a proud Albertan and Canadian!

Deadline to submit your story: May 26, 2017

It's Easy to Enter

To start browse Submission Details and Category Descriptions. View the sample videos and read the descriptions about the categories - you will be entering your story in to one of these categories. What will your story be about?

  • Create an Account
  • Write a few sentences to summarize your story for the written component
    • Why this story is important to you
    • Who, Where, When
    • What was or could be the outcome of your story (idea, achievement or experience)?
  • Record your two-minute video for the video upload component
    • Your video should reflect the written summary
    • Excite your audience with your opening lines and images; be compelling and passionate about your story
    • If the video is not about you, then you can show other people, places or organizations in the video - you do not have to be in the video.  
  •  Add a photo that shows more about your story, you can attach it to the submission.

Now that you have completed your story, push the submission button! Then share your submission on social media to get your friends, families and organizations around the world to vote for your story!

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Story Categories

Browse the videos and read the category descriptions listed below (or browse the Category Index) to help you decide the kind of story you’d like to tell.

Technology

Living Video

Living

  • 1: Community Living
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    Community Living

    Home to Hubs

    The future is connected, and the internet of things is the virtual network that will allow instant communication, and coordination, between us and everything that we use. Smart. Connected. Synchronized. From our home to our office hubs, our smart appliances, our cars. The internet of things is part of our community living! Share your ideas and experiences about what you would like to see in your life with connected devices in your future home or at your office or even at leisure.

  • 2: Health and Wellness
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    Health and Wellness

    Bots and Apps

    Technology through Human Innovation will have a greater role in the future of health and wellness. Electronic health records, fitness monitors, advanced treatments and medicines, and enhanced prevention, prediction and prescription are all examples of how technology will benefit this your health and wellness. Technology plays an ever-increasing necessity in treating the right patient, at the right time, with the right therapy, in the right location. Share your story about how someone or something has helped to make a difference in your life or others.

  • 3: Future Learning/Careers
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    Future Learning/Careers

    Beam Me Up & Beyond Hadfield & Hawkings

    Our world changes daily and our growth opportunities are endless. No matter who you are, lifelong learning is essential. Today’s careers change quickly, and we need to keep up. In this category, we explore your future education and career. What will you learn in school? Will you attend class virtually? what would you like to learn to prepare for a future career? Will your colleagues be robots? Education and career options are advancing every day — what will you be part of? Share your ideas, and experiences to help share a future Alberta

Energy Video

Energy

  • 4: Powering Innovations (Grid to Grid)
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    Powering Innovations (Grid to Grid)

    Grid to Grid

    Technology and Human Innovation have and will continue to move resources through infrastructure grids, including power, gas and water to our homes, communities and businesses. It is people and companies behind the powering innovations behind the scenes who work hard to make sure that vital services from grid to grid are delivered to you —we have come a long way since the invention of the light bulb!

  • 5: Fueling our Future (Next Gen)
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    Fueling our Future (Next Gen)

    Next Gen Fuels

    Alberta's inventors, entrepreneurs and companies play a key role in the development of our all our vast energy resources—from enabling responsible industry growth, to improving the efficiency and environmental performance, and through technology and human innovations that drive the transition to the next generation of energy development.

  • 6: Adding Value (Natural Resources)
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    Adding Value (Natural Resources)

    To Wood, Water & Rocks

    Technology has enabled Alberta to add value to its natural resources by creating new products and services and careers.  Inventors, designers and entrepreneurial companies find ways to make new products, create new jobs and careers in industries that develop fabrics, computer parts and car parts to export to the world.   

Travel, Tourism & Mobility Video

Travel, Tourism & Mobility

  • 7: Home to Highway
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    Home to Highway

    Future Travel

    Albertans like to hit the road. Whether we’re commuting to Edmonton or Calgary, driving to the mountains for the weekend, heading to work in Fort McMurray, or driving a few hours to visit friends or family, highway driving is part of life for most Albertans. This category explores innovations in vehicles, new driving technologies and the future of commuting in Alberta.

  • 8: Sky to Sea to Space
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    Sky to Sea to Space

    Experiential Tourism 

    Alberta is filled with tourist attractions in our own back yard.  Adventures of skiing and hiking in the Rockies, canoeing and fishing, dinosaurs in Drumheller, the Calgary Stampede, Music and Theatre Festivals, and experiencing nature in our great river valleys all make for great stories.  We also have world’s largest Pysanka in Vegreville and so much more. With so many places, activities and events to enjoy, it’s no wonder Alberta is a destination! 

  • 9: Port to Port (Trade & Logistics)
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    Port to Port (Trade & Logistics)

    Trade & Logistics

    Albertans are constantly on the move. Each day we move everything from dirt to fuel to lumber to livestock all over the province. Our transport & logistics industry is fundamental to our business and trade -  moving everything from small packages to some of the world’s largest, most expensive equipment. Alberta’s commitment to moving goods safely and efficiently has attracted some of the world’s top transport and logistics professionals.  Share how Alberta’s transport & logistics industry has built Alberta, and will change how goods move in 10, 20 or even 50 years from now.

Arts

Performing Video

Performing

  • 1: Theatre
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    Theatre

    Act on Any Stage

    Our stories are told in bold ways when people enter any theatre space. Alberta's theatre community is rich with its diversity -  where our stories come together in collective spaces that define who we are. We can perform on any stage! This category is dedicated to the Canadian Theatre.

  • 2: Music
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    Music

    Play to Any Note

    From one end of Alberta to the other, music in its many forms, takes place every day! Classical music, popular music, country music, jazz music... music that is performed by professionals and by non-professionals. We can play to every note!

  • 3: Dance
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    Dance

    Move to Any Step

    Everyone who feels the beat of their heart knows that engaging human creativity through dance allows people to enrich their heritage and culture, or to tell a story or make a statement. Dance provides current and future artists the expressive freedom to move to any step!

Design Video

Design

  • 4: Buildings & Structures
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    Buildings & Structures

    Experiential Spaces

    Architects, Designers and Engineers have for centuries created spaces and structures of civilizations past and present: from towers to bridges and from offices to homes for Albertans. Imagine the ideas they will share using technology to create the experiential spaces of the future!

  • 5: Fashion & Wearable Tech
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    Fashion & Wearable Tech

    Experiential Fashion

    Alberta designers are making bold statements in fashion. Alberta’s fashion industry reflects where we live and how we live; it’s about our past, present and future. In this category we explore social trends, sustainability and social responsibility in fashion. We also look at how technology has infiltrated Alberta’s fashion industry with wearable technology, such as computers and biometrics weaved into fashion designs. 

  • 6: Industrial & Graphic Design
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    Industrial & Graphic Design

    Experiential Products

    Design concerns itself with the realization of the possible. Design is everywhere and impacts everyone throughout their lives. We are inextricably tied to design from the moment we wake to the moment we fall asleep each day. All of the man-made objects in our environment are a result of the design process. The chairs we sit on, the cars we drive, the phones we communicate with, the tools we use to work with are all the product of design.

Visual & Literary Arts Video

Visual & Literary Arts

  • 7: Visual Arts
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    Visual Arts

    Art on Every Walk

    Visual artists enrich communities across Alberta through such things as painting, printmaking, sculpture and photography.  The Visual Arts are rich in their diversity and the impact in all communities. This category is dedicated to the artist who make our Canada more beautiful.

  • 8: Film & Multi-Media
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    Film & Multi-Media

    More than Words

    Film & Multi-media artists can make statements through their films, videos, documentaries and other multi-media forms. They bring big ideas to life and communicate experiences and achievements with sound, imagery and graphics. 

  • 9: Literary Arts
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    Literary Arts

    Stories to Tell

    Literary Arts has a long tradition through human history. Writers, journalists and poets create powerful images in our minds through their words. This category is dedicated to Canadian storytellers.  

Culinary & Hospitality Video

Culinary & Hospitality

  • 10: Cuisine
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    Cuisine

    Professional, Home, Heritage and Indigenous Cooking

    We have an abundance of culinary styles and levels here in Alberta -  ranging from professionally prepared dishes, to homestyle cooking, to Indigenous  and heritage foods. This category explores the diversity in Alberta's culinary scene, and Alberta produce! Share your passion preparing and love of food, wine, and spirits, from home to food trucks and restaurants!

     

  • 11: Food Markets
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    Food Markets

    Local Food Markets

    Alberta has a rich bounty of local food producers. You are the entrepreneurs who offer "make it bake it, or grow it" Alberta fresh products for sale at farmer’s markets.

  • 12: Hospitality
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    Hospitality

    Star to Stars

    Great places to eat and stay can be determined by the service that a patron receives. You are the waiters, sommeliers, servers, concierges and hotel management and staff that make sure your dining and accommodations create a great tourism experience. Share your experiences and ideas on how you have or may make a difference or your journey towards an achievement. 

Community

Urbanization Video

Urbanization

  • 1: Heritage & Culture
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    Heritage & Culture

    Our People, Places & Ways

    Canadian life is demonstrated through the commitment to our heritage and the simultaneous development of diverse cultural communities - Our People Places and Ways.  Heritage and culture are explored, celebrated, and built upon as we express and build on collective aspirations for the diversity and inclusiveness of our cultural communities.  Stories here showcase Alberta's cultures and communities!  Stories of life past to present and ideas for the future of Alberta.

  • 2: Indigenous Voices
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    Indigenous Voices

    Nation-to-Nation

    Throughout Canada, indigenous history is reflected in many of the stories and landscapes we see every day. The voices of indigenous communities speak to all Albertans as we collectively develop our shared future. The sacred respect and timeless connection with the land is integral to the experience of Albertans and to indigenous identity.  Indigenous Voices provides First Nations, Metis & Innuit a way to share their stories of past, present and future through art, music, dance, sports, culture and food.

  • 3: Our Neighbourhoods
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    Our Neighbourhoods

    Sustainable Communities & Volunteerism

    A great neighbourhood starts with creative urban planning and design for "Places", our buildings, road and parks to connect "People", our citizens, cultures, and communities who grow and nurture neighbourhoods and build sustainable communities.  To flourish as a strong urban society, volunteers and social service organizations also speak and provide opportunities for newcomers and the vulnerable. Their stories speak to "Ways" of improving the lives of those who need a hand up, anytime, anywhere.  

Agriculture Video

Agriculture

  • 4: Urban Farming
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    Urban Farming

    More and more Albertans are paying attention to where and how their food is made. Food safety, availability, affordability and cultural appropriateness is top of mind. As a result, many people are producing their own food in urban environments. Community gardens support these urban producers. Future solutions may include multi-story hydroponic facilities, gardens on open land in cities, and new policy around backyard bees and chickens. In this category we explore urban agriculture — will it change how Canadians access food?

  • 5: Rural Livestock (Amazing Graze)
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    Rural Livestock (Amazing Graze)

    Alberta is famous for beef — and for good reason. Our province is close to major markets, and has 12 million hectares of pasture, abundant water sources, and a climate conducive to raising livestock from cattle to swine, poultry, dairy cows, bison and elk. Our natural resources and industry innovations (like genomics, enhanced nutrition programs and best-in-class animal welfare practices) make Alberta a leader in livestock production and amazing graze stories!

  • 6: Rural Crops (Food for the World)
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    Rural Crops (Food for the World)

    Bright yellow canola fields, shimmering blue flax fields, and row after row of wheat and barley, these crops have always symbolized Alberta. However, our province’s agricultural landscape is changing. Field peas, lentils, faba beans, spice crops, sugar beets, hemp and more, our farmers supply food, feed and fibre worldwide. These new crops increase yields and pest resistance, and need less water and nutrients. Soil-saving techniques (like conservation tillage) and equipment breakthroughs (like GPS systems) improve land use and reduce crop inputs. Here we explore stories of farming and new ways in growing the crops the world needs.

Sports Video

Sports

  • 7: Anywhere Sports (Pedals to Pedometers)
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    Anywhere Sports (Pedals to Pedometers)

    All over Alberta all kinds of people are staying active in all kinds of ways. From cycling, walking, running, and swimming to hiking, mountaineering and orienteering.  Anywhere Sports includes everyone at every level — from community leisure to world-class competition - from pedals to pedometers

  • 8: Summer Sports (Putters to Paddles)
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    Summer Sports (Putters to Paddles)

    Summer in Alberta means sunny skies, green grass, and sparkling lakes, rivers and streams. Albertans flock to community playing fields, track and field, golf courses, beaches and boat launches on our lakes and rivers.  The First Nations, Metis and Inuit have made great contributions to sport in Alberta through traditional indigenous games, canoeing and kayaking. This category covers all summer sports —including from putters to paddles.

  • 9: Winter Sports (Skates to Skis to Stones)
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    Winter Sports (Skates to Skis to Stones)

    No one does winter better than Alberta. After all, this is the season that defines us as Canadians. Albertans — from the Rocky Mountains to the Prairies — wait for the first signs of the season with anticipation. As soon as that first snowflake falls, we bundle up, dust off our skates, skis, snowshoes and curling brooms, and get active. Here we explore winter sports — from skates to skis to stones.

  • 10: All Season Sports (Net to Net)
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    All Season Sports (Net to Net)

    Alberta has top-of-the-line recreational facilities all across the province. This means many sports are available to Albertans year round.  People of all ages and abilities to play sports like hockey, volleyball, basketball, tennis and badminton. In this category, we explore Alberta’s all-season sports.

Videos produced by Capstone Project, NAIT Digital Media