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Conference Format & Rules

Teams and Topics

 

  • Registrants must be currently enrolled at a college or university as a student (part/full-time). They will be required to provide proof of their ongoing enrollment.

  • Teams must minimally consist of three students and will be considered a ‘full team’ once they consist of four students.

  • Students are allowed to register individually (i.e. if they are unable to form a team themselves), if so, the Academics Department will assign them into teams with other individual registrants, or teams that are not ‘full’ (in that order).

  • Full teams will not be modified.

  • Further information on the Domain Areas and Topics will be provided on the SUPC website and through the Background Papers respectively.

  • Teams will be required to submit a Policy Brief on their chosen topic prior to the Competition by Fri, 14 June 2024, 2359hrs.

  • The Organizing Committee of SUPC 2024 reserves all rights to disqualify participants who have deemed to have acted in an inappropriate manner or against the spirit of the Competition.

Official Start of Competition

 

  • In the interest of fairness, teams are only allowed to start working on and preparing their policy proposals and presentations from Sat, 22 June 2024, 1200 hrs, onwards.

  • Teams that are found to have started working on the above materials prior to the start of the competition phase will be immediately disqualified from further rounds. 

  • Participants may conduct their own research before the start of the competition. They are permitted to make use of their own notes and research materials, so long as it does not resemble a draft policy proposal/presentation.

Round 1: Policy Proposal & Presentation Submission

 

  • Each team is required to submit a Policy Proposal outlining their key issues and propositions, as well as their Presentation materials to the Academics Department by Sat, 22 June 2024, 1545 hrs.

  • Policy Proposals cannot be longer than five pages, not including citations/bibliography.

  • More information on the submission and formatting instructions will be provided to the teams via email at the start of the competition, to prevent any team from working on their materials beforehand.

Round 1: Quarter Finals Judging

 

  • Teams will be required to present their Policy Proposals before a panel composed of the Academics Department and Graduate Students. All team members must be present for the presentation, less unavoidable circumstances.

  • After the panel’s evaluation, the top 10 teams will be selected to participate in Round 2.

Round 2: Semi-Finals Judging

 

  • Teams will be required to present their Policy Proposals before a panel of academics and industry experts. All team members must be present for the presentation, less unavoidable circumstances.

  • After the panel’s evaluation, the top 5 teams will be selected to participate in Round 3/Finals.

Round 3: Finals & Closing Ceremony

 

  • Teams will be required to present their Policy Proposals before the final judging panel consisting of senior government officials, renowned academics & industry experts. All team members must be present for the presentation, less unavoidable circumstances.

  • Proposals will be scrutinised for their effectiveness/feasibility, whether it is actionable given real-life contexts and by relevant government bodies/organisations.

  • The overall top 3 teams will be selected and crowned as the winning teams of SUPC 2024, with rewards presented to them by the GOH on stage.

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