Presentation Idol 2016

Next competition: March 22 and 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm

2016 Presentation Idol wrap-up

The final round took place Wednesday, March 30, 3:00 pm in the SE2 Great Hall, BCIT Burnaby Campus. An engaged crowd of students, staff, family, judges and special guests watched eight excellent presentations from:
2016 Idol Finalists

Presentation Idol 2016 Finalists: Aaron Rendina, Sanesh Iyer, Reza Filsoof, Isabella Wong, Dean Tamboline, Arkgo Chen, Kevin Hong, and Judge’s Choice winner Navtej Heir

2016 Audience Choice

Isabella Wong from Civil Engineering clinched first place Audience Choice and third place Judges’ Choice, taking home $900.

Presentation Idol 2016 Video
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  1. Kevin Hong, Electrical and Computer Engineering: 3D Printing: The Future of Construction
  2. Aaron Rendina, Mechanical Engineering: Molten Carbonate Carbon Capture Technology
  3. Isabella Wong, Civil Engineering: Aging Steel Truss Bridges: Emerging Monitoring Method in the US
  4. Reza Filsoof, Electrical Engineering: Enhanced White Cane for the Visually Impaired
  5. Dean Tamboline, Mechanical Engineering: Liquified Natural Gas and BC
  6. Arkgo Chen, Architectural Science: Hologram technology in future Architecture
  7. Sanesh Iyer, Mechanical Engineering: Development & Design of a Baja SAE Gearbox
  8. Navtej Heir, Electrical Engineering: Internet of Things: A Brave New World

Thank you to volunteer judges in both rounds from Fluor, PCL, AME Group, SCWIST, ASTTBC, ACEC-BC, APEGBC, Armtec, BCSEA/Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre, Government of Canada, and Copperleaf. Check out the event photos or the summary blog piece.

Judges' choice award winners

First place $1000
Navtej Heir
, Electrical Engineering: Internet of Things: A Brave New World

Second place $700
Reza Filsoof
, Electrical Engineering: Enhanced White Cane for the Visually Impaired

Third place $400
Isabella Wong
, Civil Engineering: Aging Steel Truss Bridges: Emerging Monitoring Method in the US

Audience choice award winners

First place $500
Isabella Wong, Civil Engineering: Aging Steel Truss Bridges: Emerging Monitoring Method in the US

Second place $400
Kevin Hong, Electrical and Computer Engineering: 3D Printing: The Future of Construction

Third place $300
Navtej Heir, Electrical Engineering: Internet of Things: A Brave New World

Winners also received books from Wiley and padfolios from APEGBC. All eight finalists received gifts valued at over $130 over two rounds of competition. All first round participants received gifts valued at $30 or more to thank them for their time and effort.

What is Presentation Idol?

Current BCIT engineering and technology students, who have taken at least one BCIT Communication Department course, are invited to deliver a six- to eight-minute oral presentation on a technology-related topic. Student are encouraged to showcase and/or comment on innovation in engineering and technology, for instance by presenting their own designs, or exploring and commenting on new frontiers, such as technology for sustainability, cradle to cradle design for a circular economy, frugal engineering, and the like. Up to 32 participants can enter the first round, and eight proceed to the final round. Registration for Presentation Idol normally opens in late January each year.

Eligibility

Eligible students are those whose programs could lead them to membership in Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC (ASTTBC), Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC), or Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) - Canada's Association of Information Technology Professionals. Examples include students in any program with engineering in the name, as well as the Architectural and Building Technology Diploma, Architectural Science, Computing, Geomatics, Mechatronics and Robotics, Mining, or other programs which lead to ASTTBC membership, from the schools of Computing and Academic Studies, School of Energy and School of Construction and the Environment.

For more information

Please email idol@bcit.ca

Words of advice from T.J. Moon, past Presentation Idol winner

Thank you to our star sponsor FLUOR and all other sponsors!



"Presentation Idol put me center stage and allowed me to showcase my speaking skills in a competitive environment. It is an experience I will carry with me throughout my life and an opportunity I will never have again."

- Sean Garrity, Electrical Engineering Alumni

"[...] more captivating than a movie. The quality of the presentations was outstanding."

- Audience member comment, 2015