Frequently Asked Questions about the Second Annual 811 Video Challenge

Is the Challenge open to anyone? The 811 Time Capsule Video Challenge is open to all CGA members.

When is the deadline to submit? The deadline to submit is midnight EST on Nov. 8, 2017.

Do I need to make two videos? Yes, if you are challenged by an industry peer, you should make a 10-second video accepting the challenge and nominating one person or company and post online via social media. Your 811-themed video can be a maximum of three minutes in length and can be submitted via

How will I know if I have been challenged? CGA will use its social media channels and email updates to keep you informed. You should also contact the person you are challenging directly to notify him or her.

What content is mandatory in a video submission? This year’s 811 Video Challenge theme is the “811 Time Capsule.” As a result, all video submissions must include: 1) Showing and explaining 11 items that represent damage prevention's past and eight ideas/items predicting its future, 2) Making a call to 811 and waiting the time required in your state and 3) Digging with care to bury your 811 Time Capsule, ideally at an event your organization uses to earn media coverage for 811.

Where can I see if my organization was challenged to create a video? CGA will keep a list of companies that have accepted the 811 Video Challenge here.

What format does my video need to be in? You can submit .MP4 and .MOV files. Be sure to submit landscape/horizontally-oriented videos.

Do I need to hire a professional? It’s not necessary, but you may if you prefer. Or you can simply use your own smartphone or Go Pro to build a memorable video. Have fun and be creative!

When will the videos be shown? Select videos will be featured during the 2018 CGA Excavation and Safety Conference in Phoenix next March. Videos will also be used in CGA presentations and social media channels.