Celebrating World Standards Day 2015

Mexican team creates winning video

By Zoë Smart

On October 14 the members of the IEC, ISO and ITU will be celebrating World Standards Day as a means of paying tribute to the collaborative efforts of the thousands of experts worldwide who work on developing International Standards.

The world’s common language

This year’s theme is ‘Standards – the world’s common language’ and for the first time participants were asked to submit a short video, rather than a poster, to demonstrate what it would be like to live in a world in which International Standards were absent.

The competition attracted more than 130 entries from around the world with participants covering everything from clothing sizes, to interoperability, to efficiency and safety. IEC, ISO and ITU selected the top 10 candidates and put them up for public vote.

Signs matter!

The winning team, from Mexico, is comprised of Gabriel Enrique Hernández García, who works in the multimedia and innovation section of a certification body; Norma Noemí Herrera Ramírez a biomedical engineer; Edgar Antonio Hernández García, a graphic designer and Miguel Ángel Romero Cortés, an enthusiastic teenager who loves playing soccer! Their video ‘Signs matter’ received half of the nearly 6,500 votes and demonstrated the importance of standardized graphical symbols in everyday life.

Talking about their video, the team said, “It was a lot of pressure, but we have the reward thanks to the help of our families, co-workers, partners, friends and supporters around the world. Thanks to ISO, IEC, and ITU to allowing us to participate in this experience!”

The team receives CHF 1 500 and their video will be used worldwide to celebrate World Standards Day on 14 October 2015.

Three runners up also receive an award of CHF 500. They are:

An Armenian team of coworkers from animation studio Orbeli Productions, for their video depicting the importance of Standards for safety.

Gabriel Hernandez and Noemi Herrera with their first video entry illustrating how Standards ensure quality and safety within the milk food chain.

A team from the Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) going under the name OMG Plus, for their video on the importance of Standards for Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC).

Speakstandards-team The winning team (clockwise from left): Noemí Herrera Ramírez, Gabriel Enrique Hernández García, Edgar Antonio Hernández García and Miguel Ángel Romero Cortés
Poster World Standard Day 2015 The theme of this year's video competition was 'Standards - the world's common language'