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Making a great submission video

We know as devs, your expertise lies behind the scenes - so keep building! - however, the submission video needs time too! It's often the first thing that judges and voters review.

Your video tells the story behind your submission, providing a clear display of your project and talent in a video:


  • Establish your elevator pitch. In the first few seconds of your video, explain how your app solves a pain point leveraging the Microsoft Graph Security API. Within 60 seconds, viewers tend to lose interest, so use this time wisely to keep them engaged!
  • Show, don't tell. Providing real life context and showing users firsthand how your application solves the problem and uses the Microsoft Graph security/alerts or security/securescore entities, will help judges and voters understand and appreciate your product design.
  • Keep it simple. Per the official rules, your video shouldn't be much longer than five minutes.
  • Don't wait until the last minute to upload your video. Due to file size, format, and your Internet connection, uploading a video to YouTube, Vimeo, or Youku could take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.
  • Get organized. Write out a script of what you’ll say and demonstrate in your video and rehearse it before recording.  Essentially a good script should talk about:
    • The problem being addressed
    • Existing solutions to the problem
    • The solution that your application provides and how it works


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