Presentation Idol

Register now, space is limited.

Preliminary round: 3:00pm Wednesday, March 21, 2018 and 4:30pm Thursday, March 22, 2018

Final round: 3:00pm Wednesday, April 4, 2018


Judges' choice awards

First Place - $1000
Second Place - $700
Third Place - $400
Innovation Award (discretionary, may not be awarded every year) - $400

Audience choice awards

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

Participants receive gifts valued at over $30. Finalists receive additional gifts valued at $100 (over two rounds).

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, frugal engineering, and the like. Up to 32 participants can enter the first round, and eight proceed to the final round. 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.

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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