Tuesday, November 7, 2017 — 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
“The Perfect Pitch” event is a half-day competition that asks four-person teams of graduate or undergraduate students to develop a detailed plan for addressing a “wicked problem” of today.
A wicked problem is a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because they are caused by a variety of complex, dynamic, and interrelated factors that require significant political and social reform from a variety of sectors. Examples of health-related wicked problems include health inequities experienced by Canada’s Aboriginal people, the obesity epidemic, and food insecurity.
The event will take place at the Grad House, an on-campus restaurant and venue for student events. Participants will be invited to partake in some light refreshments prior to the start of the event, and once all participants and panelists have arrived, a CON-SNP executive member will welcome everyone, explain the timeline for the morning’s activities, and introduce the panel of judges, which will include faculty members and other notable community members with expertise relevant to the case study topic. Teams will then introduce themselves (i.e., team name, individual names, and their programs/departments). Participants will then be presented with the case study problem, as well as some important information that may assist them in getting started. Teams will have 1.5 hours to independently develop and describe in detail their proposed solution to the case study problem.
At this point, teams will pitch their idea to the other teams and the panelists. The panelists will be judging each team during the presentations on a number of parameters (e.g., creativity, presentation skills, feasibility, demonstrated multidisciplinary efforts). After all teams have pitched their idea, all attendees will enjoy lunch and have an opportunity to network with other graduate students and faculty members, while the votes are tabulated. At the event closing ceremonies, teams will receive feedback on their pitches, and the winning and runner up teams will be announced and presented with prizes. The panelists will also receive a token of appreciation for their time. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.