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N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic! Time to cast your votes!

The N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic took place on Saturday 14th January 2017 at The Cathay, External Atrium, Level One, from 1pm to 4pm. This would be my fourth Downtown Picnic attendance and coverage, when it began during N.E.mation! 8 to 9 and then 10. The Downtown Picnic at The Cathay was fun, packed and well received by the teams, schools and their supporters.

I arrived a little bit earlier at the venue before the official start time of 1pm, went around chatting with the students from the five teams that I am ambassador for. Some were having lunch while some were still preparing with the final preparations for the start of the Downtown Picnic at 1pm. Prior to arriving at the N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic, I watched all the Top 10 teams digital animation video clips when they were officially released after 12midnight on 14th January 2017. All the Top 10 digital animation video clips were really good and equally strong in content, style and presentation. The journey to who might be the champion of N.E.mation! 11 is going to be very interesting and exciting with the start of the public voting at N.E.mation! 11 Downtown Picnic.

The Downtown Picnic is also a platform and event ground for the Top 10 teams to showcase their digital animation works to their school, family, friends and supporters, as well as getting support from the public to vote for their digital animation video clip. All these experiences would definitely serve them well in the future, it might be a bit of a daunting experience for them to approach members of the public, sharing their video and asking them to vote. These experiences are priceless and invaluable, they would be able to help them build up their self confidence and public speaking, in school and later in adult life.

At the Downtown Picnic, there were many activities and performances, the Top 10 teams were also invited up on stage to share their digital animation video clip to the participants and visitors at the picnic ground. They also shared about how their video, theme and idea came about, and also their experiences during N.E.mation! 11 production phase. Going up to the stage in the public space, speaking, sharing and pitching for votes are commendable for the young students. The younger students would definitely learn from these experiences while you can spot and sense the maturity of the slightly older students who had prior N.E.mation! experiences in previous/earlier seasons.

Now, this is also the time that I am going to share on the N.E.mation! 11 Top 10 digital animation video clips, watch all the Top 10 teams videos, give them the support and encouragement, cast your votes for your favourite digital animation video clips and you might stand to win attractive prizes too! Visit N.E.mation! website or YouTube channel to view the Top 10 videos by the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11!

Check out the picture below on the 4 different methods of voting!

Picture courtesy of Animagine

There are exciting prizes to be won too! Check it out below!

Picture courtesy of Animagine 

Now that you have voted for your favourite digital animation video clips, do a good deed, spread the word, pay it forward and pass it on, to your family, relatives, friends, colleagues etc etc. Share the wonderful digital animation works produced by these young school students!

In N.E.mation! 11, I am also the ambassador for the following five teams, let me give them a quick shoutout here with the link to their digital animation video –

Snakes and Ladders

C04 – Team Doughnuts & Donuts from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Building Our Nation

C05 – Team Finding Sanity from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School

A Beautiful Song

C06 – Team Geekstrux from Crescent Girls’ School

Our SG Dollar

C08 – Team MADEit from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Just A Little Something

C09 – Team N.E. HEH HEH from Singapore Chinese Girls’ School

Please do give my five teams listed above the extra support with your votes!

Last but not least, I would like to wish good luck and all the best to all the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 11 in the final leg of the digital animation competition!

N.E.mation! 10 Downtown Picnic! Time to Vote!

A bubbly and action packed downtown picnic, packed with young school students along with their friends, families and supporters from the community. This is the third edition of the N.E.mation! Downtown Picnic, the N.E.mation! 10 Downtown Picnic that took place at the The Plaza (Ground Floor) of the National Library Building in the Bugis district. Having been involved with N.E.mation! 6 till N.E.mation! 10 today, it had always been a very interesting and mind opening journey with all these different groups of young secondary school students over these few years, watching their short, interesting and talented animation clips.

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At N.E.mation! 10 Downtown Picnic, it was a carnival, filled with fun, joy, performances and snacks! The Downtown Picnic had evolved and improved since the first Downtown Picnic in N.E.mation! 8, the Top 10 teams were innovative and they went all out to market their video clips, their stalls with decorations, displays and giving out sweets and snacks! The support from their families, school and friends were pretty strong too!

Soaking and immersing myself into the Downtown Picnic carnival atmosphere, I would like to introduce the Top 10 Teams of N.E.mation! 10 and the links to their video clips on YouTube!

Team C01 – The Building Bricks of Our Country

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ASDFG from Jurong Secondary School

Team C02 – Our Everyday SuperHeroes

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BAMM from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School

Team C03 – Our Singapore Masterpiece

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Cedar3 from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Team C04 – The Singapore Vision

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Duck Duck Glucose from Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Team C05 – In The Forces We Trust 

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Duck Vaders from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School

Team C06 – Our Unspoken Language 

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MADEit by Cedar Girls’ Secondary School

Team C07 – Strength in Reflection

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NEtitanxII from Beatty Secondary School

Team C08 – Light Bulb Moments

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Rockin’ Tomato from Hua Yi Secondary School

Team C09 – The Big Puzzle

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Spatium from CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School

Team C10 – The Soccer Match

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ZLS from Guangyang Secondary School

After watching the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 10 on the stage during Downtown Picnic, with their video clips played to the crowds and listening to their pitches to rally for votes, it was pretty fun out there! Here’s where you can participate, support and vote for your favourite video clips from N.E.mation! 10

4 Ways To Vote !

You can visit N.E.mation! website for more details on the voting!

There are some pretty good video clips in N.E.mation! 10, each different season that I am involved in, producing a series of various talents, styles and video clips! Do give them the support, spread the word, share the videos and vote for your favourite video clips!

Good luck to all the Top 10 Teams of N.E.mation! 10 !! Congrats, great job to reach the Top 10 and you are already a winner!!

Call for Entry! N.E.mation! 9 Because We Believe

N.E.mation!, I have been following and supporting N.E.mation! for the past editions, from N.E.mation! 6 till N.E.mation! 9 today. This is my fourth year following and supporting N.E.mation! and I am really looking forward to continue supporting the N.E.mation! movement! Let me share with you briefly about N.E.mation!, it is a digital animation competition organised by Nexus for youths to express their thoughts on National Defence. I have seen N.E.mation! grew over the past years and it is getting bigger and better, with more than 11,500 students participating since its inception in 2007.

Let me bring you through my stories and photographs from N.E.mation! 6 to N.E.mation! 8

N.E.mation! 6 – Stop Motion Workshop @ N.E.mation! 6

N.E.mation! 7 –  N.E.mation! 7 is back! and N.E.mation! 7 Watch, Vote & Win Prizes!

N.E.mation! 8 – N.E.mation! 8 Are You Ready to Kick-Start? , A Visit to N.E.mation! 8 – The Making of Adventures and N.E.mation! 8 Watch, Vote & Win Prizes! 

N.E.mation! 9 

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N.E.mation! 9 has now begun and it is now open for registration! The registration process is simple and just take 3 simple steps to start your journey in N.E.maiton! 9! Here are the 3 simple steps that you need to do:

  1. Form a team of 3 to 4 students from your school.
  2. Register online at http://nemation.sg/
  3. Submit your story ideas on the central idea (Because We Believe) by 15th August 2014.

Do not worry too much if you have no experience in digital animation, training and guidance are provided! If you need help to get the creative juice and story telling to flow, you can visit and view the Free online Story Workshop at http://nemation.sg/story/ ! Having watched the digital animation production clips from the past few seasons, I have seen for myself amazing quality digital animation productions by students with no prior experience in digital animation during the past seasons that I am following and supporting!

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As Singapore is now taking the steps into her milestone jubilee 50th year in 2015, the theme for N.E.mation! 9 Central Idea – Because We Believe fits perfectly to celebrate Singapore’s 50th year. This special theme for N.E.mation! 9 resonates with me because I have been exploring, documenting and photographing Singapore’s Old Places, history, heritage, culture, conservation and preservation for the past few years. As Singapore approaches our 50th year, it’s an important landmark and milestone for all Singaporeans as we look forward into the future and beyond. The pioneers who built Singapore today believed in the vision to build a strong, secure and cohesive country. Today, as Singapore approaches her 50th birthday, it’s time to reflect values, principles and convictions to continue the growth for the future of Singapore, to shape Singapore into the Home that we want it to be for our future generations.

Not only are there attractive prizes to be won, the learning and journey in N.E.mation! is going to be interesting and exciting, the experiences and journey can even become priceless and invaluable lifetime experiences. Gather your classmates and school mates, time to register for N.E.mation! 9 and give it a go! Good luck to all participants at N.E.mation! 9 and I hope to see you there!

Take Note! Deadline for story submission is on 15th August 2014 ! 

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The winning team from N.E.mation! 8

Below are a list of information, resources and links for N.E.mation! 9 that might be useful for you! 

Central Idea: https://nemation.sg/about/central-idea/

Prizes: https://nemation.sg/about/prizes/

Competition Schedule: http://nemation.sg/about/competition-at-a-glance/

Eligibility: https://nemation.sg/about/eligibility/

Judging Criteria: https://nemation.sg/about/judging-criteria/

Rules & Regulations: https://nemation.sg/about/rules-and-regulations/

FAQ: https://nemation.sg/about/frequently-asked-questions/

Official Website & Social Media Channels

Website: https://nemation.sg/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nemation

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nemation

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/NEmators

Instagram: http://instagram.com/nemation.sg/

* Information and pictures Courtesy of Animagine Productions *

N.E.mation! 8 Watch, Vote and Win Prizes!

This is my third year running that I am involved with the N.E.mation! movement, starting from N.E.mation! 6 to N.E.mation! 8 today. What is N.E.mation! all about? Here’s a recap – N.E.mation! is an annual inter-school animation competition for students from secondary schools, junior colleges and centralised institute(s) to express their thoughts on Total Defence (TD). More than 9,500 students have participated in N.E.mation! since its inauguration in 2007. The theme for N.E.mation! 8 is “Because You Played A Part” and all of you can play a part in the N.E.mation! 8 adventure too, just by Watching, Voting and you can stand to win attractive prizes!

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I was happy and honoured to be invited and be part of N.E.mation! 8 journey, starting with “Are You Ready to Kick Start?“, a rally call to students out there to step forward and be a part of N.E.mation! 8. I visited the top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8, with a behind the scenes and the making of adventures during their intensive preparation of their animation clip. The experience was very fun, speaking to all the 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8, listening to their stories and experiences, understanding more about their ideas and choice of animation style. I think that when each team had to present, share and chatted with John and myself during the visit, it also helped them prepare for their Downtown Picnic event!

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On the 18th January 2014, N.E.mation! organised a Downtown Picnic at The Plaza, National Library Building. The top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8 were there to introduce themselves to the public and supporters, sharing their stories, experiences and to showcase their final product, the animation clip from their 3 weeks of intensive preparation! Joining me at the N.E.mation! 8 Downtown Picnic were fellow social media friends, DK, Sue, Andy and John who also came down to support the N.E.mation! 8 adventures! I took the time to revisit the top 10 teams again and it was nice chatting with them again especially those that still remembered me from my visit during their 3 weeks of intense preparation!

For the past two seasons N.E.mation! 6 and 7 (and including this season, N.E.mation! 8), I witnessed and experienced first hand the quality and talents of the young and future generations of Singapore. From having zero experience in animation, the final products, their animation clips produced by the students, were really impressive and heartwarming. Likewise, N.E.mation! 8 promises to be just as exciting and when you start to watch all the 10 animation clips, you might have a hard time (which s a good problem to have!) to vote for your favourite 3 clips! There are exciting prizes to be won and let me share with you the information and steps for you to vote and what are the exciting prizes to be won! Drop by N.E.mation! website  and my previous post to check out the Top 10 Teams and their impressive animation clips! Remember to vote after watching all the Top 10 animation clips! Voting ends on 15th February 2014!

4 Ways to Vote !

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Picture Courtesy of N.E.mation!

Attractive Prizes !

Top PrizesPicture Courtesy of N.E.mation!

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To all the Top 10 Teams of N.E.mation! 8, great job and well done! Everyone of you that participated in the N.E.mation! 8 journey is a winner! Good luck and all the best in your future endeavours! 

A Visit to N.E.mation! 8 – The Making of Adventures

The Final Top 10 teams, in their final 3 weeks of intense preparation to produce their animation clip for N.E.mation! 8 theme – “Because You Played A Part”. The N.Emation! Competition is an annual inter-school competition animation competition for students from secondary schools, junior colleges and centralized institute(s) to express their thoughts on Total Defence. The theme this year is “30 Years of Total Defence: Because You Played A Part”, Singapore today, we enjoyed stability, security, peace and prosperity. All these will not be possible without everyone’s effort that played a part in building up our nation, Singapore, our home today! We went through bad times and good times and every one of us played a part to overcome challenges and celebrate our success together with every one of us here.

 The N.E.mation! Journey starts from the Top 100 teams that were shortlisted for 1-week selection, followed by the 1st cut in a 1 week selection, down to the Top 40 teams, thereafter a 2nd cut in a 1 week selection, down to the Top 20 teams and finally, the final cut to the Top 10 teams. The Top 10 teams will go through a 3 weeks production to produce their animations.

I was invited down to visit the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8 during their 2nd week to have a look behind the scenes of the Top 10 teams in their making of adventures! It was a very fun time that I spent there chatting with the young students from the various schools, learning more about their animation themes, what techniques they were using, their progress so far in their 3 weeks production. All the Teams are special and unique in their own ways and ideas; you can spot their creativity, talents and teamwork inside them, mentored by the instructors of Animagine. The N.E.mation! 8 this time promises to be 10 different unique animation productions and I am looking forward to viewing the animation productions of the Top 10 teams when they finally complete and submit it!

When I was chatting to the young boys and girls from the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8, they don’t have prior knowledge or experience in animation or using animation production software. You will be amazed when you see how much they can produce and showcase from their 3 weeks of animation production. Having been involved and being part of N.E.mation! for the past 2 series, I am confident they N.E.mation! 8 is going to bring the level of animation production to greater heights! Each team has a unique storyline to share and tell, I encourage every one of you to Play A Part too! Visit each Team from the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8, read their stories and adventures, encourage them to keep on preserving and get ready to view their animation productions! Remember to share about the N.E.mation! 8 Top 10 teams happenings, news and adventures with your family, loved ones and friends too!

Let me introduce to you the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8

Team Alpacalypse – CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School

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Theme: Greater Heights

Synopsis: Everyone has to do their part to achieve greater heights. Story shows how Singaporeans played a part in die rent Singapore campaigns and events (e.g., baby bonus, haze, clean & green Singapore, curry incident, National Day Parade) through a song “To a greater height”.

You can follow Team Alpacalypse updates here –

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Hash tag: #NE8C01

Team Dairy Products – School of the Arts

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Theme: Reframe, Don’t Refrain

Synopsis: This clip uses frames to show how Singaporeans can step out of their comfort zones to play their part in ghting dengue and help one another.

You can follow Team Dairy Products updates here –

Facebook

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Instagram

Hash tag: #NE8C02

Team Delta-Gaytors – CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School

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Theme: Prison “Break”

Synopsis: This clip shows the life story of a business man who was succumbed to bribery. But he was caught and imprisoned soon after. He repented and managed to pick himself up with the help of the Yellow Ribbon Project and became successful with a new business setup. He then pays it forward to help others.

You can follow Team Delta-Gaytors updates here –

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Hash tag: #NE8C03

Team Hashtag – School of Science and Technology Singapore

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Theme: Every Man’s Journey

Synopsis: This clip features the journey of a National Serviceman and how other people in his life have played a part in his journey and contributed to the 30 years of total defence.

You can follow Team Hashtag updates here –

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Hash tag: #NE8C04

Team Momento Mori – CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School

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Theme: Keeping Watch

Synopsis: Uses parts of a watch as metaphor to show that every part are like Singaporeans, which are all important, no matter how small they may seem.

You can follow Team Momento Mori updates here –

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Hash tag: #NE8C05

Team Partta Kappa – School of the Arts

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Theme: It Takes More …

Synopsis: This clip uses silhouette play to bring attention to the less acknowledged roles which have been signicant in establishing the successful nation we have today.

You can follow Team Partta Kappa updates here –

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Twitter

Instagram

Hash tag: #NE8C06

Team Synch – Kent Ridge Secondary School

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Theme: Because “I” Play A Part

Synopsis: This clip uses typography to illustrate and highlight the importance of “I” and its role in playing a part in many die rent Singapore campaigns and events like racial riots, yellow ribbon project, SARS and haze. 

You can follow Team Synch updates here –

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

Hash tag: #NE8C07

Team The 4 Of Us II – Tanglin Secondary School

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Theme: Unsung Heroes

Synopsis: True life accounts of three Singaporeans who have played a part in contributing to TD (i.e., Chinese student relating her story on how her family gave food to a Malay neighbour who lost his job before Hari Raya, Josiah from “While it was hazy” giving out liang teh and free masks, NSF 2LT Kamalasivam relating how he saved his recruit from a grenade incident).

You can follow Team The 4 of Us II updates here –

Facebook

Hash tag: #NE8C08

Team Unicorns and Rainbows;) – Orchid Park Secondary School

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Theme: Enlightenment

Synopsis: This clip shows that one can inuence others to do their part and anyone can contribute to society, regardless of age. It uses colour/grayscale to highlight nice small actions done by Singaporeans in dierent situations (e.g., SARS, donations, giving up seat on train).

You can follow Team Unicorns and Rainbows;) updates here –

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Hash tag: #NE8C09

Team WAYNE STARK CO – Methodist Girls’ School

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Theme: Quilted Together

Synopsis: This clip uses quilt patches as a metaphor to show how Singaporeans come together and play their part for Singapore based on their dierent talents and passion. By adding their “patches to the quilt, they are strengthening it, just like how Singapore’s social fabric becomes stronger as more people play their part.

You can follow Team WAYNE STARK CO updates here –

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Hash tag: #NE8C10

It has been a fun time following, supporting and being a part of N.E.mation!, from the 6th edition to the current 8th edition. Over the years, I had seen some great artistic and creative talents showcased by our younger generations. I wish all the Top 10 teams of N.E.mation! 8 – Good Luck and All The Best! Great job and Well Done!

For more details and information on N.E.mation! Check out the links below –

 https://www.nemation.sg

Facebook  – https://www.facebook.com/nemation

Instagram (@nemation)  – http://instagram.com/nemation8

Youtube  – http://youtube.com/nemators

Flickr  – http://www.ickr.com/photos/nemation

Twitter  – http://twitter.com/nemation

* Top 10 Teams information and details courtesy of N.E.mation! *

N.E.mation!8 – Are You Ready to Kick-Start?

The 8th edition of N.E.mation!8 is back and ready to kick start a brand new year with a brand new theme! This will be my third year being involved in N.E.mation! I was part of the N.E.mation! journey from N.E.mation! 6 and this season is N.E.mation! 8, and I am very happy to be part of this journey to share and encourage everybody to be part of the N.E.mation! adventure and journey. N.E.mation! 8 is now open for entry! It’s time to share this with your friends, loved ones and family about N.E.mation! 8. When I was part of N.E.mation! 6 and N.E.mation! 7, the talents and creativity by our students were of the highest level and it was very heart warming and touching too! I am an avid supporter of the N.E.mation! journey and I strongly encourage all of you to be part of the N.E.mation! journey, either as a participant or as a supporter (like me) !!NE8LOGO_FA

Some of you may ask, what is N.E.mation! all about? N.E.mation! is a digital animation competition organised by Nexus for youths to express their thoughts on Total Defence. Into its eighth season this year, the competition has proven highly successful, with more than 9,900 students participating since its inception in 2007. With training and guidance, students with no prior experience in animation have been able to produce clips of broadcast quality to screen on free-to-air television. Some of these clips were even selected for international animation festivals and won several awards.

The theme for N.E.mation! 8 is

“Because You Played A Part”

30 years of security and stability as a nation was built upon everyone’s efforts. We stood with each other through the good times and bad, overcoming challenges and celebrating our successes. We are able to enjoy what we have in Singapore today because each of us has played a part, in building this nation, our home.”

This year’s N.E.mation! 8 theme resonates with me a lot, everybody plays a part in Total Defence, no matter who you are. We all have a part to play, no matter how big or small our part is.

This year, students are asked to use their creativity to produce storylines centred on the theme of “Because You Played A Part”. The animation clips produced by the top 10 finalist teams will be judged by a panel comprising industry professionals such as Melvin Tan (Senior Animator, Blue Sky Studios). In addition, the public can vote for their three favourite clips come January 2014 at www.nemation.sg, Facebook or via SMS. The winning team will win a coveted trip to visit a renowned animation studio in the USA!

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N.E.mation! 7 Results Announcement during Total Defence Day 2013

How do I get started in the N.E.mation! 8 journey ? 

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Just 3 Simple Steps !!!

1. Form a team of 3 to 4 students from your school.

2. Register online at http://nemation.sg/

3. Submit your story ideas on the theme (Because You Played A Part) by 21st August 2013, 1PM.

Don’t know how to start? No worries, we have some resources here to help you get your creative juice flowing and craft a winning story:

1. View the Free online Story Workshop at http://nemation.sg/story/

2. Receive coaching on your story ideas when we visit you in school, or when you attend our Public Story Clinic session*!

*The option to choose your preferred Public Story Clinic session is available when you register online. 83% of all past N.E.mation! Top 10 teams attended this same Story Clinic session and this is why you need it too!

N.E.mation! 8 – Share Your Story Contest

If you are not eligible to participate in the competition (like me, no longer a student and over the age limit too!), don’t despair, you can still be part of the N.E.mation! 8 journey, the fun, excitement and adventure! All you have to do is to join the N.E.mation! 8 – Share Your Story Contest! contest on Facebook that is opened for all ages to participate (for Singaporean & Permanent Residents).

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Simply submit a story online on our contest page to tell us how you have played a part for Singapore and stand to win either a $50 shopping voucher or a pair of movie tickets!

Contest Period:

 Round 1 – 5 to 11 Aug 2013

 Round 2 – 12 to 18 Aug 2013

Prizes for each round are:

 1 x S$50 Shopping Voucher (Judges Choice)

 8 x a pair of movie tickets (Random Draw)

For more information about N.E.mation! Here’s a list of the Official Website and Social Media Channels

Website: http://nemation.sg/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nemation

Twitter: http://twitter.com/nemation

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/NEmators

Instagram: http://instagram.com/nemation8

Boys and Girls, share about N.E.mation! 8 with your classmates, friends, family and loved ones. Let your creativity and talents showcase here! You will definitely enjoy this learning and wonderful journey in N.E.mation!. Ladies and Gentlemen, let’s all Support N.E.mation! 8 Because You Played A Part too! Remember Because You Played A Part and you can make a difference and an impact!