Register now for Presentation Idol 2019!
2019 Event times
One-minute video overview of Presentation Idol
Second Place - $700
Third Place - $400
Judges' Innovation Award - $400
First Place - $350
Second Place - $250
Third Place - $150
Special for 2019: Ecocity Challenge Award Presented by Aplin MartinSelected 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 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.
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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Words of advice from T.J. Moon, past Presentation Idol winner
- Pick a topic you love
- Present for yourself and enjoy the experience
- A little humor speaks to everyone, everywhere, and every time!
"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