What's Your Story?

Trend Micro’s ‘What’s Your Story?’ competition returns for 2016

Pictured: Avril Ronan, Trend Micro with Jack and Cormac Walsh from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

8 February 2016

Trend Micro celebrated the fifth birthday of its What’s Your Story? competition today with an event linking thousands of student from across the country by video link to hear speakers from government, academia, cyber-crime and youth organisations discuss safety online.

What’s Your Story? is an annual video and poster competition encourages individuals, schools, youth and community groups to share their personal online experiences. For 2016 it will be addressing the question “What does the Internet mean to you?”. A total of €8,000 has been made available across seven categories.

“We’ve asked many questions and tackled many themes since the launch of the Irish competition in 2012. This year we want to know how the Internet impacts young people’s lives – for better or for worse,” said Avril Ronan, global programme manager for Internet safety at Trend Micro EMEA.

“There are often gaps or misperceptions between the reality of the internet for a young person verses  what we as adults perceive or worry about. The internet is a very powerful tool but that can be harnessed in a very creative and positive way and that’s what we want our young people to show us this year. They can share their views through a two-minute video or a poster and be as creative as they can using live action, stop action, animation, paints, sketches, poetry, songs, music, gaming or through coding.”

Finalists will be reviewed by a panel of experts in the fields of Internet safety, media literacy, and technology. All video and poster submissions will be judged on their ability to inspire, as well as how effectively entrants have promoted their entries via social media.

Closing date for entries is 12 April and winners will be announced on 17 May.

For more information visit https://whatsyourstory.trendmicro.ie/ and follow @TrendISKF_IE.

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