Pitch Competition

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Millennium Cafe Pitch Competition

Join us on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Details of the Competition

Graduate Students will pitch their research in 2 minutes or less!

In the spirit of the Millennium Café, the 4th Annual Pitch Competition sponsored by PPG is an opportunity to pitch your research in 2 minutes or less using no more than four 8.5” x 11” printed slides.  Graduate students will briefly convey their research to a curious and technically diverse audience in hopes of taking home PRIZE MONEY and developing new COLLABORATIONS.

Evaluation Criteria

    Big Picture - Did the presenter tell you why the research is important?
    Structure & Clarity - Did the presenter create the message in a logical and well-supported fashion?
    Passion - Was the pitch presented with energy, enthusiasm, eye contact, good body language, etc.?
    Pace - Did the presenter stay within the allotted time?

Winners of this Competition

Winners will be highlighted at the 2018 Materials Day annual event with the opportunity to pitch their research during the Keynote Reception.


Two free trainings are available to everyone

Seating will be reserved for the registered contestants.  Other seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

"Strategies to Engage Non-Technical Audiences on Technical Research Topics"
-
Andy Gustafson, PhD, Smeal College of Business

The amount of information that surrounds everybody, every day, is the highest it has ever been in the world’s history.   Skilled scientists and engineers must be equipped with not only technical expertise, but also with communication skills that can get others interested in their areas of research.  This could mean the difference between success or failure in launching a new business, gaining a grant, or garnering support from the community at large regarding why your work matters.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

"Telling the Story"
- Susan Russell, PhD, College of Arts and Architecture

Everything and everyone has a story, and learning how to communicate stories can help you deliver information to anyone. In this two hour session, you will not only learn how to tell a story, you will experience how storytelling turns information into an experience.