The IET Present around the World (PATW) Competition
Global competition for students, recent graduates, apprentices and young professionals aged 18-26 years
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Structure of the competition
It starts with a presentation at a local event and ends with a presentation at a global final plus a chance to win up to £1,000.
Summary of competition stages
- University level: student groups, open entry (only a few Local Networks run this level)
- Local Network competition: open entry, should include student group winners
- National (Area) competition: winners of LN competitions (Local Networks may run this level if there are many LNs in one country)
- Regional competition: winners of LN or National (Area) competitions
- Global final: 5 regional winners
How it works
The competition starts at IET Local Network (LN) level. These competition events happen between October and May throughout the world.
This level of the competition is open entry to 18 to 26 year olds, whether they are an IET member or just thinking about becoming a member.
The IET will advertise the events in a number of ways, including posters in universities and work places. You can also check out details on this website and on our Official IET Present around the World (PATW) facebook page.
Individual competitors give a ten minute presentation in English on an engineering or technology subject of their choice in front of an audience and a panel of judges, followed by a five minute question and answer session. Usually, between 4 and 8 individuals compete at each of these events. There needs to be at least 4 participants to award a prize both for the winner and the runner up.
Some Local Networks may organise additional competitions for university/student groups (minimum age 18) before the Local Network heat.
Winners of all the Local Network heats progress to the next stage(s) of the competition. If there are many Local Network competitions held in one country, there is an option to hold a National (Area) Final before a Regional Final.
Five PATW Regional Finals have been held in 2012 in the following locations around the world:
- United Kingdom
- the Americas
- Asia Pacific
- South Asia
- Europe, Middle East and Africa
The Regional Finals should usually take place between July and August.
Winners should give the same presentation at each stage of the competition, enhancing their presentation skills and improving their confidence at responding to questions.
The winners of the 5 regional finals go on to compete in a global final. In 2013, the global finals will take place on 20 November in London, UK.