Friday, 2 February 2018

DStv Eutelsat Star Awards Commences


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DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, which are a product of a partnership between Eutelsat and MultiChoice Africa, aim to stimulate interest in science and technology and to inspire innovative thinking among secondary and high school students across the continent.

Students are invited to write an essay or design a poster depicting how innovative use of satellite technology in the fields of communication, earth observation or navigation can propel Africa into the future.


The 2017 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition is back with a bang after scooping a Better Satellite Award at the third annual Better Satellite World Awards gala dinner in London on 4 December. The awards honour established companies along with disruptive innovators who make the world a more prosperous, healthier, better-educated, sustainable and inclusive home for humankind.

Drawing on six years of success across the continent, the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is returning for a seventh edition. Students from secondary (high) or combined schools can enter from today by writing a creative essay or designing a poster based on the following topic: “It’s sixty years since the first satellite, Sputnik, was launched, broadcasting a unique and easily captured ‘beep, beep, beep’ signal. Looking back at this historic moment, write an essay or design a poster depicting how satellites have launched humankind into the 21st Century and acted as a unifier.”

Reach for the stars

The prizes of this innovative competition are as big as the dreams of a young, energised African generation ready to shape the evolution of our continent. Selected from thousands of entries by a high-standard jury, the essay winner will be eligible for a once-in-a-lifetime trip for two to Paris, France in the company of Eutelsat, and onwards to French Guiana to see a rocket launch into space.

The poster winner will win a trip for two to South Africa, which includes a visit to the South African National Space Agency as well as exploration of several heritage sites as guests of MultiChoice Africa.The schools attended by the two winners will also receive a DStv installation, including a dish, TV, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Package.

Open to learners with a passion for technology

The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards is open to all learners from secondary (high) or combined schools on the continent where MultiChoice Africa maintains operations. Entry forms can be obtained from any MultiChoice Resource Centre, the nearest MultiChoice office or on the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards website. Entries are accepted in English, French and Portuguese and will be judged on the basis of high-standard criteria of accuracy, creativity, originality and innovation. For the first time this year students are also invited to engage with the awards community through a dedicated Facebook page for the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards.

The competition closes on 12 February 2018. Only entries submitted on the official entry form will be eligible. The overall winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in March 2018.

All details on the judging criteria, national prizes and finalists’ selection are available on the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards website.

Supporting Africa’s education needs
MultiChoice Africa and Eutelsat are convinced of the power of science and technology education to encourage young minds to positively change their world. Now in its seventh year, their joint initiative, the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, inspires innovative thinking among a young African generation. This pan-African collaboration has created a meaningful engagement with students, the academic community and the scientific world. Since the start of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards in 2011, over 6,000 students have taken part in this unique competition.
DStv Eutelsat Star Awards Eligibility.
The Awards are open to students between 14 and 19 years of age in secondary, high or combined schools anywhere in Africa where MultiChoice operates.
Entries can be submitted in English, French or Portuguese.

DStv Eutelsat Star Awards Competition Prizes.
Top entrants at the national level win prizes such as computers or tablets, and go forward to compete in the overall awards for the winning and runner up essay and poster prizes.

The overall winning entries will receive prizes as follows:
Overall Essay Award:    A trip for the winning student and their parent/legal guardian to Eutelsat in France and    attendance of a rocket launch.  

Overall Poster Award:    A trip for the winning student and their parent/legal to the MultiChoice offices and the South    African Space Agency at Hartbeesthoek.

The schools attended by the overall award winners and runners-up are rewarded with a DStv installation, including dish, television, state-of-the-art PVR decoder and free access to the DStv Education Bouquet.

DStv Eutelsat Star Awards Topic.
It’s sixty years since the first satellite Sputnik was launched, broadcasting a unique and easily captured ‘beep, beep, beep’ signal.

Looking back at this historic moment, write an essay or design a poster depicting how satellites have launched humankind into the 21st century and acted as a unifier.
 
How to Enter DStv Eutelsat Star Awards.
For an entry form – which will tell you everything you need to know – visit your nearest MultiChoice Office or download it here. South African entrants can collect a copy from MultiChoice Africa, 251 Oak Avenue in Randburg, Johannesburg.

Entries must be:
Deposited: in the entry box at MultiChoice Africa country or regional offices (African countries) OR for South Africa at the MultiChoice Africa Building, 251 Oak Avenue in Randburg, Johannesburg (South Africa only).

Posted:  To MultiChoice offices listed on the entry form. For South African entries only : To MultiChoice Africa, 251 Oak Avenue in Randburg, Johannesburg. Attention: Lebogang Ramothata

All entries must be accompanied by an entry form and in the case of posters an entry form and creative summary.

For queries you may email your question to: Dstvstarawards@multichoice.co.za or phone your nearest MultiChoice Office. In the case of South Africa, please contact Mahlatse Sithole on 011 781 9950.


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