Presentation Idol

Save the date! Presentation Idol 2020 is on March 18 & 25

2019 Wrap Up

The 2019 Final was on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in the Great Hall. Check out the event photos or video recording.

Congratulations winners!

Judges' Choice Awards

Audience Choice Awards

Judges' Innovation Award

For presentation of a new design: Terry Calderbank

Ecocity Challenge Award presented by Aplin Martin

For an Ecocity World Summit theme: Matt Dick

Judging Panel

  • Pirooz Darabi, Fluor
  • Mike Kasuya, AME Group
  • Jennie Moore, BCIT
  • Sunny Ghataurah, AES
  • Rick Fernandes, PCL

2019 Finalist presentations

  1. Omar Abade, Changing the World With ITER, Mechanical Engineering
  2. Ary Azez, Rolling Traffic Barriers, Civil Engineering
  3. Tristan Bobin, GPS Art: Using the Road Network as the Canvas, Geographic Information Systems
  4. Terry Calderbank, How to Teach A Robot to Pick Grapes, Electrical Engineering
  5. Cameron Weatherhead, Reaching our Remote Resources, Mining Engineering
  6. Stephen Cyr, Fundamentals of Quantum Computing, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  7. Matt Dick, Digging Deep: Using Big Data and AI for Smarter Mineral Exploration, Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering
  8. Shawna Zand, Diverging Diamond Interchanges, Civil Engineering

One-minute video overview of Presentation Idol

2019 cash prizes 

Judges' Choice

First Place - $1000 
Second Place - $700 
Third Place - $400

Judges' Innovation Award - $400

(discretionary, may not be awarded every year)

Audience Choice

First Place - $350 
Second Place - $250
Third Place - $150 

Special for 2019: Ecocity Challenge Award presented by Aplin Martin

Selected by the judges for a speaker with a sustainability topic: $200 cash award, plus registration for the Ecocity World Summit ($500 value), and opportunity to present in some way at the Summit (format TBC)

All first round participants receive gifts valued at $35. 
Finalists receive additional gifts valued at over $50.

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. Students 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, the intersection of engineering and social justice, societal impacts of technology, frugal engineering, and the like. Up to 24 participants can enter the first round, and six proceed to the final round (new for 2020). Registration is on a first-come basis.

"[...] more captivating than a movie. The quality of the presentations was outstanding."
- Presentation Idol final audience member comment


Eligible students are those whose programs could lead them to membership in Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC (ASTTBC), Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC), 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, Biotechnology, or other programs which lead to ASTTBC membership, from the schools of Computing and Academic Studies, School of Energy, School of Construction and the Environment, and School of Health Sciences.

Please note that a Judges' Choice "Presentation Idol" can only reign once. If a first place winner wishes to participate in a subsequent year, they may be offered a role as moderator or other honour.

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Presentation inspiration

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

"You can improve your value by 50 percent just by learning communication skills"

- Warren Buffett

"Presentation Idol was an amazing experience. It provided an outlet to showcase and strengthen my presentation skills, while still being able to take away advice for improvement. It also allowed me to convey my passion for civil engineering to others – there is true value and beauty in this field of work which surrounds all aspects of our daily lives. If you are on the fence about participating, I would encourage you to just sign up and see where it leads you!"

- Stacey Neves, Civil Engineering, Audience Choice Winner 2017

Thanks to our founders!

Presentation Idol was founded by BCIT Communication Instructors Katherine Golder, Deanna Levis, and Darlene Webb, with inspiration from Jean Scribner, in 2011.