You’ve Been Challenged!

We’ve waited a decade for the celebration of 811’s 10th birthday. The excitement surrounding this monumental triumph is increasing as stakeholders participate in the Common Ground Alliance
(CGA) 811 Video Challenge. 811 has been promoted in a variety of creative ways over the last
10 years and this challenge helps showcase how 811 has touched so many in its short life.

When the challenge was kicked off by CGA President, Bob Kipp, in September 2016, he challenged
Erika Nelson and Khrysanne Kerr of the CGA and the seven winning companies of the President’s
Award: Shell, John Deere, One Call Concepts, Alabama 811, Texas 811, USIC and Pacific Gas &
Electric. Once challenged, if the individual or company accepts, they respond by making a 10-second
video and then passing the challenge on to another individual or company. The final step of the challenge is to create a 30-second to 2-minute video with a focus on damage prevention.

Shortly after the challenge was announced, One Call centers and utility operators alike created
videos with cinematic affects, humor and, above all, creativity proving the challenge has achieved
its goal of promoting safe digging in a variety of ways. It doesn’t matter what type of industry or
company those accepting the challenge are from; 811 has helped make a difference in damage prevention by bringing all stakeholders together for a common cause.

Along with bragging rights, winners of the 811 10th Anniversary Video Challenge will have their
videos played at the CGA 811 Excavation Safety Conference & Expo in Orlando on Wednesday,
March 15, 2017, during the 811 10th Anniversary Celebration. Attendees at the celebration will be
able to vote for their favorites with a “Best Overall Video” and a “People’s Choice Award” presented
during the event.

For more information on the 811 Video Challenge, visit or use hashtag #811VideoChallenge to watch the acceptance videos that have already created a domino effect

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