Here’s how it works…
A selection committee will chose the top 5 Best Paper and top 3 Best Student Paper award winners at the conference as finalists for a chance to compete. The finalists will have no more than 180 seconds to WOW and convince a panel of judges and the audience with their pitch they deserve to win:
$5,000 for top prize
$2,500 for student prize
Presentations in French and English will be welcome. We will facilitate language translation.
How to become a finalist
When you submit to ASAC, you will have the option to opt-in to the competition. Abstracts of all opted-in best paper and best student paper award winners will be blind reviewed by the Abridged Pitch Finalist Selection Committee. The committee will be made up of ASAC board members and 2-3 select non-submitting members.
The committee will select the top 5 best papers and top 3 best student papers and the conference team will contact the selected finalists prior to the conference to confirm their participation.
The finalists will each have a total of 180 seconds for their Abridged Pitch. This isn’t your typical academic presentation and you won’t be judged on the merits of your research—you’ve already won an award, we know it’s good!
We want you to tell us the story. What drove you to do this research? What was special about how you did it? How does your research make an impact? Bonus points if you can tie in the conference theme and tell us how your research was built on partnership or how it can create more partnerships in the future for a better world.
You will be judged based on your ability to tell a good story, entertain and captivate the audience.
Winners will be selected based on a combination of judges scores and audience voting.
Here is how the finalists and winners will be determined:
The Abridged Pitch Finalist Selection Committee will select finalists based on 120-word pitch abstracts submitted by best paper and best student paper winners. They will review pitch abstracts based on:
- Ingenuity: Your innovative approach to research to solve a key problem in your field.
- Potential impact: The potential impact your research has had or will have in the area of your research topic. Keep in mind that impact can mean many different things. It boils down to solving a problem. What problem does your research address, and how well does it help solve that problem.
The judges and audience members will give each finalist a score out of 10 based on the following criteria. The judges scores will be combined and averaged for half of each finalists total score, the other half will be the average of the audience’s scoring.
- Audience Engagement: How effectively does the presenter engage the audience?
- Creativity and Originality: Does the presentation offer a unique and creative approach?
- Story Arc: Is there a compelling and clear narrative structure to the presentation?
- Need: Does the presenter clearly articulate the need they sought out to address?
- Approach: Does the presenter make a good case for how they approached and conducted the research?
- Impact: Does the research move the dial based on the problem they identified? How well does it move the dial?
Does the presenter highlight how the research was built through partnership OR how the research can lead to future partnerships?