Did you know  1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 7 men, who have experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, experienced some form of intimate partner violence for the first time between 11 and 17 years of age?

Help prevent teen dating violence before it starts.

VetoViolence asks you to create a video public service announcement to raise awareness about teen dating violence and the importance of prevention. This contest is your opportunity to be creative and informative in highlighting and portraying supportive teen relationships!

Show how you work to end teen dating violence; prevention efforts in your community, school, or business; or effective responses when a teen experiences or witnesses intimate partner violence.                                          

Individuals or teams can choose one video category to submit a video: (1) General Public, (2) Student, or (3) Violence Prevention Professional. Participants or teams may submit multiple video, but each video can only be nominated in one (1) category. A $500 award will be given to the winner of each category. The winning entries and two finalists in each category will be highlighted on the VetoViolence Facebook page.

The submission period is from July 15 – August 15, 2013. Late submissions will not be eligible for competition.

Hackathon Sponsors


$1,500 in prizes

General Public

This first-place category winner will recieve a $500 prize. The winning video and two finalists will be featured on the VetoViolence Facebook page (www.facebook.com/vetoviolence).


This first-place category winner will recieve a $500 prize. The winning video and two finalists will be featured on the VetoViolence Facebook page (www.facebook.com/vetoviolence).

Violence Prevention Professional

This first-place category winner will recieve a $500 prize. The winning video and two finalists will be featured on the VetoViolence Facebook page (www.facebook.com/vetoviolence).

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


  • Contestants are asked to identify as a student, violence prevention professional, or member of the general public. A student is defined as anyone enrolled in middle school, high school, or college and under age 25.
  • This challenge is open to any contestant—defined as an individual or team of U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
  • Contestants may submit more than one video.
  • Contestants must be at least 13 years of age to enter.


Participants must create and submit:

  • A YouTube link to a video focusing on preventing teen dating violence lasting 60 secords or less

Be sure to provide:

  • Title and description of video
  • A link to your video on YouTube
  • Your entry category (i.e., General Public, Student, or Violence Prevention Professional)

How to enter

  • Register for Challenge.gov
  • Become a follower of this VetoViolence Video Challenge
  • Review the rules and guidelines 
  • Film your video lasting 60 second or less, focusing on preventing teen dating violence
  • Upload to YouTube
  • Make sure your video is in English
  • Make sure your video relates to teen dating violence, does not sensationalize violent acts, and does not contain profanity or nudity
  • Submit your video's information and YouTube link here


Amelia Burke-Garcia

Amelia Burke-Garcia
Senior Director of Digital Media, Westat Health Communications

Nicole Soufi

Nicole Soufi
Digital and Social Media Associate, Westat Health Communications

Debbie Lee

Debbie Lee
Senior Vice President, Futures Without Violence; Deputy Director, National Program Office, Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships

Lisa Parks

Lisa Parks
Prevention Program Manager, California Partnership to End Domestic Violence

Kenya Fairley

Kenya Fairley
Director of Programs, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

David Lee

David Lee
Manager, PreventConnect, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Rebecca Odor

Rebecca Odor
Program Specialist, Family Violence Prevention & Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity: 20%
    Each entry will be judged on creativity demonstrated in the delivery of teen dating violence prevention messages.
  • Teen Dating Violence Prevention Message: 30%
    Each entry will be judged on the expression of positive teen dating violence prevention messaging. Submissions should not contain real or simulated acts of violence, profane language, inappropriate content, or personal or professional attacks.
  • Video Length: 5%
    Each entry should be 60 seconds or less and effectively use time allowed.
  • Video and Audio Quality: 10%
    Each entry should be visually focused and have audible sound quality. Submissions should not be difficult to watch because of an unclear image or to hear because of a poor audio recording.
  • Fulfilling Contest Purpose: 35%
    Each entry will be judged on its overall success in meeting the contest goal: the development of a PSA that increases the understanding (1) that teen dating violence is a public health problem and (2) that prevention efforts can stop it before it starts.

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