Pitch Perfect 60-second Video Competition

A partnership with Orfalea College of Business

Pitch Perfect Video Competition

6th Annual Pitch Perfect Video Competition in 2014.

Designed so that students can practice their business pitch skills to promote the value of their university library at Cal Poly, this competition awards five generous cash prizes to top video entries. Students from every college are encouraged to apply.

Create your perfect pitch

You have 60 seconds in front of someone who can help your organization. You have to inspire them in that one minute!

Orfalea College of Business Associate Professor in Entrepreneurship, Jon York, gives the following tips on how to make a pitch:

  • Create a story, something concrete and personal, if possible.
  • Tell the audience something they don’t know.
  • Think about the listener. Answer their question: “What’s in it for me?”
  • End with a call to action (ask the viewer to do something).

Every year students explore a new theme.


How to enter

One entry per person or group. All entries must be submitted with an Official Entry Form and Release Agreement (PDF). Each person appearing in the video must sign their own release agreement.

Videos must be:

• Made by Cal Poly students enrolled full or part time in winter quarter, 2014.
• No more than 1 minute in total running time.
• Submitted in the .MOV or .WMV formats (not DVD format) on a CD, which will not be returned.
• 640 x 480 resolution or higher.
• In English or include English subtitles.
• Submitted by 5PM (PST) Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. Hand-deliver your CD, entry form and release agreements(s) to Kennedy Library, Administration Office (Room 204).

For technical questions or assistance contact Patrick Kammermeyer at ude.yloplacnull@mremmakp. For general questions contact Karen Lauritsen at ude.yloplacnull@stirualk or 805-756-7549.

Judging criteria

A panel of judges from the Cal Poly community will select the winners from qualified entries. Videos will be judged on the following: 1) plot, cohesion and audience appeal, 2) technical merit, filming, editing and creativity and 3) relevance to theme (stays true to presenting an entrepreneurial idea for Kennedy Library).

Winners will be announced at a reception in the library’s atrium the week of February 10, 2014. Winners must attend the reception.

The judges reserve the right not to award a prize. The decision of the judges will be final.

The fine print

You must be the original author of everything in your video or have permission to use copyright-protected material. You must provide written proof that you have permission to use copyrighted material.

Submissions using non-licensed, copyrighted musical, visual, or literary properties without legal permission are ineligible. Yes, this includes music. Each person appearing in your video must fill out and sign the Personal Image and Voice Release Agreement (page two of the entry form).

Students are expected to compete in the spirit of the Mustang Way. Students may not, for example, purchase votes on social media as part of the competition. If students are suspected of purchasing votes, they will be disqualified.

Students who work at Kennedy Library are ineligible.

Getting equipment

Borrow laptops, iPads and more
Available at the Poly onnect Computer Lab window (library, first floor near entrance)

Cal Poly Media Distribution Services
Cal Poly students can check out equipment through MDS.


2014 winners

2014 theme: You’re the consultant. What opportunities do you see to improve services through partnership and innovation?

“Hands On” by Jenna Hoffman

“Spark” by Paige Thornley

“The Brightest Minds” by Sarah Islas

“A Beautiful Mind” by Tiffany Kinson

“PolyProjects” by Kathryn Cassidy

More about the winners

2013 winners

2013 theme: You’re an imagination architect. Imagine your dream library.

“Kennedy is my Boyfriend” by Lindsey Lewis

“DayDreamers” by Sven Le

“Finding Home” by Russell Holliday and Matt Erich

“My Dream Library” by Chelsea Kitta

More about the winners

2012 winners

2012 theme: Make a pitch for Kennedy Library in 60 seconds.

“Sanctuary” by Andrew Mai (LAES)

“Study Meets Play” by Ruben Custodio (GRC)

“Why We Love Kennedy Library” by Darryl Williams (BUS)

More about the winners

2011 winners

2011 theme: Kennedy Library—Thirty years in the making. What’s next?

“Time Flies” by Buddy Bump

“Marley’s Angels” by Ruben Custodio

“The Most Interesting Man in the Library” by Miles Fairchild

2010 winners

2010 theme: Hidden treasures within Kennedy Library

“Priceless” by Paul Cha

“Living in the Kennedy Library” by Colin McGuire

2009 winners

2009 was the first year for the Cal Poly Student Video Competition. See the winning entries at the Cal Poly You Tube Channel.

Winning Videos

  • “Home Sweet Home,” Kirsten Peterson, Director
  • “March to the Library,” Mike Deagen, Director
  • “Cal Poly Film Club Video,” Vicki Lindem, Director

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