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Content Submission Guidelines

All submissions must adhere to the Submission Guidelines as defined in the Rules. Submitted responses will go through content moderation before being distributed for peer review. Moderation is an important part of the Rise application process and helps Rise ensure a safe experience. We use our discretion to make decisions that promote a positive environment for applicants.

If your response is rejected, you will be encouraged to resubmit in adherence to the guidelines. If you feel that your response was wrongly rejected, you may appeal the decision by emailing Reasons for rejection include the following:

Offensive language

Responses cannot include swear words, rude phrases, rude gestures, or rude words used in an offensive context. While we understand that some words may be more or less offensive in different contexts and cultures, please try to be sensitive to others.

Solicitation or Request for Funds

Submissions may not include requests to peers for monetary help or bank account information. In an effort to prevent fraudulent activity that can harm people, we remove content that purposefully deceives, willfully misrepresents or otherwise defrauds or exploits others for money or property.

While we encourage you to promote your project, we may ask you to resubmit content that we interpret to be predatory towards your peers.

Promoting Discrimination or Violence

We believe in creating an environment of inclusion and promoting projects with positive social impact, thus we will reject material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age. Any form of bullying, of any group of people, is not tolerated.

Unrelated to Challenge

Content which does not appear related or responding to the challenge.


We prohibit the distribution of spam because we do not allow content that is irrelevant, designed to deceive, or which would create a negative user experience for other applicants.

Video submitted multiple times

The same video submitted as the response to multiple prompts. If your content is rejected for this reason, please resubmit with unique responses to each prompt.

Incomplete Video

If a piece of content appears unfinished, you may be prompted to resubmit.

Submission too short or Submission to Long
Videos should be a minimum of 30 seconds and no longer than 5 minutes.

Blank or missing text responses

The response is blank or contains filler or placeholder text.

Copyright infringement

Rise takes intellectual property rights seriously and believes they are important to promoting expression and creativity in the application. However, before sharing content on Rise, please be sure you have the right to do so. We ask that you respect other people’s copyrights, trademarks and other legal rights. Each response must be an original work created solely by you and all ideas, creative elements, and other materials must be your own. You must have the right and authority to grant all rights or permissions set forth.

If we believe that a work is not your own, you may be asked to resubmit your response.

Respect of Others’ Beliefs and Affiliations

You may speak about your religious and philosophical beliefs and affiliations, but we ask that you respect others.

Recording Quality Impacts Review

It is important that viewers are able to see and hear the content you are intending to present in your submission. Issues can include problems with video or audio, or bad framing. If these issues prevent viewers from understanding your submission, it may be flagged for resubmission. If you cannot resubmit for some reason, write to and we’ll work with you to figure out a solution.

Non-English language responses

Responses must be submitted in English.

Technical Issue

This Includes videos that won’t play or that are stretched out/look distorted.

Nudity or Sexual Activity

We exclude the display of nudity or sexual activity. We understand that nudity can be shared for a variety of reasons, including to raise awareness about a cause or for educational or medical reasons. However, given that the population served by the Rise application platform are largely under 18, we ask for your understanding of this policy and encourage you to pursue creative alternatives where necessary.

Personal data

For safety reasons, we may reject videos that reveal personal identifiable information. This includes but is not limited to sharing your full name, age, location, name of school, items in the background that reveal this type of information, school uniforms/sports attire with the name of the school on it, etc. If we feel that the personal information shared might put you at risk, we will ask you to resubmit, excluding this information.

If you feel that your response was wrongly rejected, you may appeal the decision by emailing