Presentation Idol

Tentative 2019 Event Times

First Round: 3:00pm, Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Final Round: 3:00pm, Wednesday, March 6, 2019

2018 Results

Our final round was on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in the SE2 Great Hall, Burnaby Campus. Check out the photos and post-event blog post!

Final Round Speakers

  1. Matt Dick, Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering, Battery Powered Underground Mining Equipment – A Breath of Fresh Air
  2. Moshtagh Mohammadi, Civil Engineering, Self-Driving Vehicles
  3. Navtej Heir, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Automation: Will Robots Take Our Jobs
  4. Kevin Hong, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cyborgs Among Us: The Age of Human Augmentation
  5. Nikita Nayak, Geographic Information Systems, Location Intelligence
  6. Shaun Tyers, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Hydrogen Fuel Cells
  7. Alfredo Roberts Bustinza, Biotechnology, Artificial Organs: An End to Disease
  8. Megan Savinkoff, Forest and Natural Areas Management, From Waste, to Fuel, to Food

Prize Winners: Judges' Choice

First Place - $1000

Kevin Hong, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Cyborgs Among Us: The Age of Human Augmentation

Second Place - $700

Navtej Heir, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Automation: Will Robots Take Our Jobs

Third Place - $400

Matt Dick, Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering
Battery Powered Underground Mining Equipment – A Breath of Fresh Air

Judges' Innovation Award - $400

(discretionary, may not be awarded every year)

Megan Savinkoff
, Forest and Natural Areas Management
From Waste, to Fuel, to Food

Prize Winners: Audience Choice

First Place - $350

Kevin Hong, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Cyborgs Among Us: The Age of Human Augmentation

Second Place - $250

Megan Savinkoff, Forest and Natural Areas Management
From Waste, to Fuel, to Food

Third Place - $150

Moshtagh Mohammadi, Civil Engineering
Self-Driving Vehicles

All first round participants receive gifts valued at $35. Finalists receive additional gifts valued at over $100

Final Round Judges

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

Eligibility

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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For more information

Please email idol@bcit.ca

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