Rules & Regulations

The “Move Mining” Competition (“Competition”) is designed to give people ages 10 and older the chance to explain their idea to change the world’s perception of an industry that’s already changing the world – mining. The idea could be a winner if it’s powered by science, technology, or math, and is creative about the kind of innovations we’ll need to change the perception of mining on a global level.

Competition entrants will explain their idea in a video. From the video submissions, the Top 5 Finalists for this season’s contest will be announced and will present their concepts at the MINEXCHANGE 2022 SME Annual Conference & Expo.

You can enter the Competition as an individual or as a team of up to five (5) members. All team members must be in the 10 years and over age group at time of entry. Teams with individuals who do not meet those age requirements will be disqualified, and their Submissions will be void. For purposes of these Official Rules, Individuals and Teams shall collectively be known as “Entrants.” Teams comprised of individuals 18 years and younger must have a parent, guardian or adult team sponsor as the primary contact for the team and as a mandatory presenter at the MINEXCHANGE 2022 SME Annual Conference & Expo.

Your video can be as simple as a shot of you explaining your idea, or as elaborate as an animation showing how it’s all going to work. It’s up to you! But the video must be produced by you, the Entrant, and be about your idea.

Videos must be submitted in English.  For help with translating your concept into English, see details in the next section (FAQs—What are the language requirements for submission?).

Here’s how it works:

No purchase necessary to enter or win.

The “Move Mining” Competition (“Competition”) is designed to give people ages 10 years and older the chance to explain their idea to change the world’s perception of mining. Competition entrants will explain their idea in a video. Videos are featured on the Move Mining website (, the SME YouTube channel and the SME Facebook page. The Top 5 Finalist teams will write a 3-4 page concept paper and present their concepts in person at the MINEXCHANGE 2022 SME Annual Conference & Expo on Monday, February 28, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. MT. Winner(s) will be announced at the live event. By participating in this Competition, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding on all matters relating to the Competition. The Competition submission period begins at noon M.D.T. on September 15, 2021, and ends at noon M.S.T. on November 10, 2021) the “Submission Period”). The Sponsor of this Competition is SME Foundation, 12999 E. Adam Aircraft Circle, Englewood, CO 80112. The Competition will operate as described below, on or about the stated dates: Submission Period (9/15/21 — 11/10/21 noon MT): Videos are submitted according to the “How to Enter” description in Section 3 of the Official Rules. Judging Period (11/17/21 – 11/30/21): Videos will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts. Four (4) videos will become the “Competition Finalists.” People’s Choice Voting Period (11/17/21 noon M.S.T. – 11/30/21 noon M.S.T.): Videos will be available to view at The video with the most “likes” during the Voting Period (as of noon M.S.T on November 30, 2021) will become the “People’s Choice Finalist.” Top Five (5) Finalist Videos will be announced to those teams privately, and announced publicly once live event participation have been confirmed. Live Competition Judging will be Monday, February 28, 2022, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. MT in Salt Lake City, Utah. Finalist presentations will be scored by a panel of judges who are industry, communications and technology experts. They will be selected at the sole discretion of the Sponsor and will be judged according to the criteria described in Section 5 of the Official Rules. Winner(s) will be announced at the live event Monday, February 28, 2022, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. MT at the MINEXCHANGE 2022 SME Annual Conference & EXPO.


Competition is open to all entrants (“Entrants”) who are 10 or more years of age and have Internet access as of the date of submission. Employees, officers and directors of Sponsor, members of their immediate families, and those living in the same household, are ineligible. Each Entrant must be the rightful owner of the E-mail address registered with the video when submitted (as described in Section 3, below). If Entrants enter as a team, one team member must be designated as the “Team Leader.” The Team Leader will serve as the primary contact with the contest Sponsor on behalf of the team. If a team is comprised of individuals younger than 18 years old, a parent, guardian or adult team sponsor must be designated as the team lead. Entry constitutes Entrant’s certification that he/she meets the eligibility requirements set forth in these official rules. Sponsor reserves the right to verify eligibility of any potential winner. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

Individuals and teams do not need to be a member of SME to participate in Move Mining.

How to Enter

To enter, visit and submit your video through the video upload form. Videos must be less than 3 minutes long. Videos will be loaded onto the SME YouTube channel and subsequently loaded into the Move Mining website for competition voting.

You must completely and accurately submit all required information to enter. If Entrants are working as a team, the designated team leader must be sure to fill in the section with the names of other team members and corresponding information so that entries can be cross-referenced. Entrants under age 18 (minors) need parental permission to enter the Competition. Parent, guardian or adult team lead must complete the registration form at for a minor’s entry to be valid. If minors are working as a team, an adult 19 years or older must be designated as a team member and must complete the online form for each member of the team for the entry to be valid. Once we verify all necessary information, the video submitted will be reviewed for loading into the SME YouTube channel and will be added to the official competition website for People’s Choice voting and expert judging. All Submissions must be received by noon M.S.T. on November 10, 2021.

Sponsor is not responsible for late or unsuccessful attempts to enter. Sponsor reserves the right to allow for minor fluctuations between the Entrant’s timing device and the actual runtime of the Submission on the Competition Homepage, based on clear intent to comply with the Official Rules, as determined in the Sponsor’s sole discretion.

The Entrant should be able to provide upon request all appropriate clearances, permissions and releases for the Video Submission, including releases from the submitting Entrant and any third parties appearing in the Submission. Incomplete, corrupted, untimely, or unintelligible entries will be disqualified. If for any reason an Entrant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, Entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Competition, Sponsor reserves the right to determine in its sole discretion which entries have satisfied the entry requirements.

Entrants may enter more than once, as long as all entries comply with these Official Rules, including without limitation the Video Submission Requirements.


Video Submission Requirements

The video must adhere to the following requirements: The video must be a maximum of three (3) minutes in length. The video must be submitted in one the formats that YouTube accepts. Videos must be submitted in either one of the following formats that are compatible with YouTube: MOV, MPEG4, MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP and WebM. For more information on YouTube video requirements and standards, please visit

Any other formats submitted and/or exceeding the time limit will be disqualified. The video must be the Entrant’s original idea (modification of a previously published work shall not be considered an original idea). Entrants should not knowingly copy another’s idea, but entries will not be excluded merely because another Entrant has a similar idea.

Videos must NOT exceed three (3) minutes in play time. Videos must NOT contain material which is (or promotes activities which are) sexually explicit, obscene, pornographic, violent, self-mutilating (e.g., relating to murder, the sales of weapons, cruelty, abuse, etc.), discriminatory (based on race, sex, religion, natural origin, physical disability, sexual orientation or age), illegal (e.g. underage drinking, substance abuse, computer hacking, etc.), offensive, threatening, profane, or harassing. Videos must NOT include mention or performance of any copyrighted media production including but not limited to music, films, books, television programming, etc., or identifying descriptions of any media property. Videos must NOT contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to material that violates privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright infringement. Without limiting the foregoing, Video Submissions must not include third party trademarks, logos, insignia, location signage, photographs, artwork, or sculptures; Use music that isn’t originally written, performed and produced by you, the Entrant. All music featured in any video must be available to publicize and broadcast on a license-free, no compensation basis.

Videos must NOT include third parties, including but not limited to minors, celebrities and friends who have not expressly authorized Entrants to display their image, likeness or voice in any submitted video or otherwise use such image, likeness or voice in accordance with these Official Rules. By entering, each Entrant represents and warrants that his or her entry (and Sponsor’s and its designees’ use thereof) does not and will not defame or otherwise violate the rights of any third party and does not and will not violate any federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Entrant further represents and warrants that he or she has secured the requisite consent from any third party referenced or appearing in their entries.

To the extent that anyone under the age of 18 appears in a video, Entrant represents and warrants that the minor’s parents consented to the minor’s appearance in the video and the public display of the video on YouTube. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry that it believes violates any of the Video Submission Requirements, does not otherwise comply with these Official Rules, or that is not consistent with the spirit and theme of the Competition.

Entrants will retain copyright in their work, but each Entrant grants to Sponsor a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, assignable, royalty-free license to publish, reproduce, distribute, display, perform, create derivative works, transmit or disseminate the Works in all media or platforms whether now known or hereafter invented. Entrant also waives any and all moral rights in the Works with respect to any use by Sponsor, sub-licensees, or assigns. Sponsor and its designees shall have the perpetual, worldwide right to publish and use the entries in any way, and in any media for trade, advertising, promotional, and/or other purposes as Sponsor and/or its designees may determine without further consideration to Entrant or any third party.

Viewing Period

Videos shall be available for viewing during the official judging and voting period and beyond. Video views generated by a script, macro or other automated means will be disqualified.

Preliminary Judging Period

Videos will be reviewed by a panel of industry experts. Four (4) videos will become the “Competition Finalists.”

The concept videos submitted for the Move Mining competition are evaluated by a rigorous two-step process.

Evaluation Process 1 validates that the video and abstract meet the basic criteria for submission. The basic criteria includes:

Who? – does the video/abstract identify the target audience?
What? – does the video/abstract include an executable (something that can be created, built, implemented, etc.)?
Where? – does the video/abstract include where the end user can engage with the executable (is it tangible, is it web based, is it an activity)?
Why? – does the video/abstract identify the messaging behind the executable?
How? – does the video/abstract include a rough budget and project plan?
Evaluation Process 2 determines, from the qualified videos, the top 4 video submissions. The criteria for judging includes:

Content (The content includes a clear statement of purpose and the statement of purpose is clearly presented. A rich variety of supporting visuals in the video contribute to the understanding of the main idea.)
Organization (Concept, message or ideas are presented in a logical order. Video has a definite flow and focus.)
Audio Quality (Audio and other enhancements were highly effective in improving the concept delivery.)
Visual Quality (The video was very well edited. Scene(s) are clear, properly lit and the overall video shows competent use of video recording equipment.)
Emotional Appeal (Effectively appeals to audience emotions (happiness, surprise, compassion, humor, etc.) to achieve the persuasive goal. Vivid and emotive language, actions or visuals effectively used to engage the audience emotionally.)
Evidence of Research / Credibility (Information and data are used effectively to strengthen the concept. Supporting data establishes credibility and authority of the concept. Information presented is well researched and accurate.)
Impact (Resonates well with the audience and concept clearly identifies how it changes the perception of mining.)

Both evaluation processes include internal and external reviewers.

People’s Choice Finalist

The video with the most “likes” during the Voting Period (noon M.S.T. on 11/17/21 to noon M.S.T. on 11/30/21) shall be deemed the People’s Choice Finalist.

Finalists Requirements

Concept Paper Finalists are required to submit a three – four (3-4) page paper outlining the concept presented in the 3-minute video. The concept paper must include, but is not limited to:

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Idea Details including charts and images
  3. Target Audience
  4. Preliminary Budget
  5. Brief Marketing Plan

The paper must not exceed 4 pages. Papers must be submitted as a Word document or PDF. Concept papers will be given to the Live Event Panel of Judges one (1) week prior to the virtual live event.

Concept papers must be written in English.

Concept papers must be written and submitted to SME no later than February 8, 2022.

Live Presentations
Each finalist team is required to present at the MINEXCHANGE 2022 SME Annual Conference & Expo Monday, February 28, 3:00 – 5:00 MT in Salt Lake City, Utah. As part of becoming a finalist or finalist team, SME will provide a discount on conference registrations. To learn more about the MINEXCHANGE 2022 SME Annual Conference & EXPO and conference registration, please visit

Teams are permitted to build presentations as elaborate as they wish. Props, digital media and other presentation materials are highly encouraged. Event Coordinators will provide finalist teams with further details for their presentations. All audio/visual aids that will be used for the presentation should be submitted by February 8, 2022 for review by the Sponsor.

Restricted and Prohibited Items
Teams are prohibited from using dangerous goods during their presentations including but not limited to: ammunition, complete firearms, imitation firearms, explosives, gases, flammable liquids, flammable solids, oxidizing materials, toxic or infectious material, radioactive material, and corrosives.

Teams are advised to use their best judgement regarding presentation materials. For questions and concerns, please email

Live Event

The Live Event Judging will take place live at the MINEXCHANGE 2022 SME Annual Conference & Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday, February 28, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. MT.   A panel of judges (“Judges”) selected by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, will judge the five (5) Finalists and select a Winner based on criteria including the following:

Originality and creativity of the idea
Practicality of the idea (in the sense of being scale-able and marketable)
Effectiveness and clarity of communication and mode of presentation

Judges will be using a digital rubric to relay final scoring of Finalist Teams at the MINEXCHANGE 2022 SME Annual Conference & EXPO. Additional input may be included from audience and online viewers.

Winner Notification and Announcement

The selected Winner(s) or Team(s), as determined by the Judges and other voting, will be notified during the live Move Mining Competition event. Those selected will be required to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release, tax forms and other documents required by the Sponsor within a reasonable amount of time, as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion. If a potential Winner(s) or Team(s) fails to sign and return the affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within the required time period (if applicable), the potential Winner(s)/Team(s) will be required to forfeit their winnings.


One (1) Grand Prize: One Grand Prize winner or team (“Grand Prize Winner” or “Winner”), will receive a $5,000 cash prize.

Prize Restrictions

Winner cannot assign or transfer the prize to another person. No prize substitution or changes are allowed except at the discretion of Sponsor. If prizes are awarded but unclaimed/forfeited by recipient, prize may not be re-awarded in Sponsor’s sole discretion. Other restrictions may apply. Winner is responsible for any loss of prize or portion of prize after it has been delivered.

Rights in Submissions

In consideration of Entrant’s Video being reviewed and evaluated for this Competition, each Entrant hereby grants to the Sponsor, its members and assignees, the exclusive, irrevocable, fully paid, universal license to use, copy, sublicense, transmit, distribute, publicly perform, publish, delete or display such Video, or any portion thereof, in any media now known or hereafter devised including, but not limited to all forms of television and all forms of Internet and wireless protocol. Each Entrant authorizes the Sponsor and any entities affiliated or in privity with the Sponsor to utilize, for eternity and in any manner they see fit, the Video submitted to Sponsor, and to make derivative works from such materials solely in connection with the Competition (i.e., to create promotional materials). Each Entrant releases the Sponsor, and their assignees and licensees, from any and all claims or liability (now known or hereafter arising), including but not limited to any claims for defense and/or indemnity, in connection therewith. Each Entrant agrees and acknowledges that participation in the Competition, including, without limitation, the Entrant’s decision to provide the Entrant’s submission to Sponsor for purposes of the Competition, shall not give rise to any confidential, fiduciary, implied-in-fact, implied-in-law, or other special relationship between Sponsor and Entrant, does not place the Sponsor in a position that is any different from the position held by members of the general public with regard to elements of the Entrant’s video submission, and that the only contracts, express or implied, between the Sponsor and Entrant are as set forth in these Official Rules and the release forms. Prize winners may be required to complete and execute additional documents and have third parties execute Sponsor’s documents in connection with the rights granted to Sponsor as a condition of prize acceptance. In addition, by participating in the Competition and submitting a Video, each Entrant hereby grants permission (except where prohibited by law) for the Sponsor to use Entrant’s Video, name, likeness, voice, quotes, comments, biographical information, photograph and/or image for the purpose of advertising, trade, or promotion without further notice, permission, compensation or consideration in any and all media now known or hereafter developed throughout the universe, unless prohibited by law. Except as required by law or permitted pursuant to these Competition Official Rules, the Sponsor will not share an Entrant’s information with any third parties.

Nature of Relationship/Waiver of Equitable Relief

Each Entrant understands and acknowledges that the Sponsor has wide access to ideas, stories, designs, and other literary materials, and that new ideas are constantly being submitted to it or being developed by their own employees. Each Entrant also acknowledges that many ideas or stories may be competitive with, similar or identical to the Submission and/or each other in theme, idea, plot, format or other respects. Each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that such Entrant will not be entitled to any compensation as a result of Sponsor’s use of any such similar or identical material. Each Entrant acknowledges and agrees that the Sponsor does not now and shall not have in the future any duty or liability, direct or indirect, vicarious, contributory, or otherwise, with respect to the infringement or protection of the copyright in and to the Submission. Finally, each Entrant acknowledges that, with respect to any claim by Entrant relating to or arising out of Sponsor’s actual or alleged exploitation or use of any Submission or other material submitted in connection with the Competition, the damage, if any, thereby caused to the applicable Entrant will not be irreparable or otherwise sufficient to entitle such Entrant to seek injunctive or other equitable relief or in any way enjoin the production, distribution, exhibition or other exploitation of the Video or any other production based on or allegedly based on the Submission, and the Entrant’s rights and remedies in any such event shall be strictly limited to the right to recover damages, if any, in an action at law.

Rights of Sponsor/Disclaimer of Liability

Sponsor shall have the right and sole discretion to edit, to refuse to air or transmit, or cease to air or transmit any Video whatsoever which it finds to be in violation of these Official Rules, or which it finds in its sole discretion to be otherwise objectionable for any reason, including with respect to Sponsor’s standards and practices and other policies. Sponsor also reserves the right to replace Winner(s)’ Video(s) with the Video of an alternate eligible Entrant in accordance with these Official Rules if such Video and/or Entrant is withdrawn from or removed from the Competition for any reason, including without limitation, Entrant’s failure to have Sponsor’s documents executed by third parties. Sponsor also reserves the right, in their sole discretion, to terminate the Competition for any reason in the event that there is an error, malfunction, problem or other cause which impacts the operation, administration or security of the Competition or the Sponsor and, in such situation, to select the winner(s) from the eligible Entries received prior to the action taken or in such manner as deemed fair and appropriate by Sponsor. The opinions expressed in the Videos are not necessarily (and in some cases not at all) those of the Sponsor. The Sponsor is not responsible for any materials provided by Entrants which are deemed harmful or offensive to others or for any harm incurred as a result of the Video’s creation. The Sponsor is not responsible in any way for any injury, loss or damage which occurs as a result of an opinion expressed or information provided in the Videos transmitted on the website or on television. The Sponsor makes no warranties, express or implied, as to the content or the accuracy or reliability of any information or statements contained in the Videos. All statements and opinions made by Entrants are those of such Entrants only, and the Sponsor neither endorses nor shall be held responsible for the reliability or accuracy of same. Sponsor is not responsible for the content or practices of YouTube or other third party websites that may be linked to the Competition Homepage. This site may also be linked to websites operated by companies affiliated with Sponsor. Visitors to those sites should refer to each site’s separate privacy policies and practices.


It is an express condition of submission and eligibility that each Entrant warrants and represents that Entrant’s Video is solely owned by Entrant and solely created by Entrant for the purpose of entering this Competition, and that no other party has any rights or interest in the Videos. Entrant further represents and warrants that the Videos and any use thereof by the Sponsor or any partners, subsidiaries and affiliates in connection with programming, advertising, promotion and publicity, shall not infringe upon any statutory or common law intellectual property right (including, without limitation, any copyright) under U.S. and international laws and shall not constitute a defamation, or invasion of the right of privacy or publicity, or infringement of any other right of any kind of any third party.


The Competition may also be promoted by a third party or parties (each a “Promotional Partner,” collectively “Promotional Partners”). Entrant shall indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor, any Promotional Partners, and each of their respective parents, affiliates, successors, assigns and licensees, and each of their respective employees, shareholders, officers, directors, agents and representatives from and against any and all liability, claims, loss, damage, injury or expense, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising in connection with any third party action arising out of a breach or allegation which if true would constitute a breach, of any of Entrant’s representations, warranties or obligations herein.

Release and Limitation of Liability

By participating, each Entrant agrees that the Sponsor and its respective agents, representatives, parent companies, affiliates, subsidiaries and legal advisers, and each of their respective employees, shareholders, officers, and directors (“Released Parties”) are not responsible or liable for, and shall be released and held harmless from: (i) late, lost, delayed, damaged, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, misdirected or otherwise undeliverable mail, postage-due notices, release forms, affidavits or other correspondence; (ii) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind; (iii) any condition caused by events beyond the control of the Sponsor that may cause the Competition to be disrupted or corrupted; (iv) any printing, human, typographical or other errors or ambiguities in (or involving) any materials associated with the Competition; (v) any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and action of any kind in connection with or resulting from participation in the Competition; (vi) acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death and property damage arising there from; and (vii) claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel the Competition at any time for any reason, including, without limitation, if a computer virus, bug or other technical problem corrupts the administration, security, or proper conduct of the Competition, strikes, lock-outs, acts of God, technical difficulties, and other events not within the reasonable control of Sponsor.



General Terms and Conditions

Colorado law governs this Competition. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of the Competition, or the rights and obligations of Entrants and Sponsor in connection with the Competition, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Colorado, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of Colorado or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Colorado. In the event of a claim or dispute, Entrants’ sole remedy shall be limited to their remedy at law for damages, if any, and Entrants shall not have the right to in any way enjoin or restrain the distribution, advertising, publicizing or other exploitation (in any form of media) of the Competition Homepage, the Competition, and/or any intellectual property owned or licensed by the Sponsor or their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, and affiliated entities. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to prohibit any Entrant from participating in the Competition or to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole determination, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Competition; to be attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Competition by cheating, hacking, deception, or any other unfair playing practices; to be acting in violation of the Official Rules; or to be acting in a disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. Sponsor may suspend or discontinue the Competition if, in its sole opinion, there is any actual or suspected tampering of the Competition, or any other malfunction, event or activity that may affect the integrity of the Competition. SPONSOR SHALL NOT BE OBLIGATED TO AWARD ANY PRIZE THAT RELATES TO OR ARISES OUT OF IMPROPER OR MISTAKEN PRIZE NOTIFICATION, OPERATION OR FUNCTION OF THIS COMPETITION.

Privacy Policy

Any personal information supplied by you to Sponsor will be subject to Sponsor’s privacy policy posted at By entering the Competition, you grant Sponsor permission to share your E-mail address and any other personally identifiable information with YouTube and other Sponsor-associated sites and publications, or with any co-sponsor, solely for the purpose of administration, promotion and prize fulfillment. Sponsor will not sell, rent, transfer or otherwise disclose your personal data to any third party other than as described above herein or in the privacy policy.


SME Foundation, 12999 E Adam Aircraft Circle, Englewood, CO 80112

Official Rules and Winners List

For a copy of the Official Rules, visit or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope for receipt to: Official Rules, “Move Mining”, c/o SME Foundation, 12999 E Adam Aircraft Circle, Englewood, CO 80112. For a list of winners, available after March 2022, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to: Winners List, “Move Mining”, c/o SME Foundation, 12999 E Adam Aircraft Circle, Englewood, CO 80112. Requests received without a self-addressed, stamped envelope will not be fulfilled.