3-Minute Pitch to Policymakers Competition

  • Confirmation will be sent to the participant only upon receipt of online registration with an uploaded proof of payment.
  1. This competition is open to faculty and students of MMHRDC member institutions.
  2. This is an open category competition where faculty and students are eligible to present their pitch.
  3. Only one (1) representative shall present the pitch.
  4. The presenter must be a principal or co-investigator of the completed research with clear policy implications for the past five years.
  5. Failure to submit the following requirements will lead to disqualification

    A. Abstract of completed research

  • 300 to 500 words in Arial Font, Size 11
  • Should consist of the Title, Authors, Introduction, methodology, Results and Discussion, and Recommendations

    B. Copy of the five-slide presentation

  • Only five (5) static PowerPoint slides are permitted (without any slide transitions, animations or “movement” of any description).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g sound and video files) are permitted

4. Deadline for the submission of entries is on October 12, 2022.

(Lifted from University of Queensland’s 3MT: 3-Minute Thesis Presentation)

30%     Engagement

30%     Innovation

20%     Comprehension

20%     Communication Style

100%   TOTAL


  • Did the presentation make the audience want to know more (based on judges’ perception)?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialize or generalize their research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for their research?


  • Is the proposed research outcome or innovative idea drastically different from what has come before? Is it a new way of thinking, solving a problem or taking something that exists to the next level?
  • Does it deliver a better experience to people?


  • Did the presentation provide an understanding of the background and significance to the research question being addressed, while explaining terminology and avoiding jargon?
  • Did the presentation clearly describe the impact and/or results of the research, including conclusions and outcomes?
  • Did the presentation follow a clear and logical sequence?

Communication Style

  • Was the topic, research significance, results/impact and outcomes communicated in language appropriate to an intelligent non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the speaker have sufficient stage presence, eye contact and vocal range; maintain a steady pace, and have a confident stance?
  • Did the presenter spend adequate time on each element of their presentation – or did they elaborate for too long on one aspect or was the presentation rushed?
  • Did the PowerPoint slide enhance the presentation – was it clear, legible, and concise
  1. Only 5 static PowerPoint slides are permitted (without any slide transitions, animations or ‘movement’ of any description).
  2. No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and video files) are permitted.
  3. No additional props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  4. The pitch shall be delivered without reading of script, in any form. During the presentation, the contestant shall maintain eye contact with the panel of judges and audience by looking into the camera while speaking. Reading of prepared script is strictly not allowed.
  5. Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum and competitors exceeding 3 minutes will have deductions on their final scores.
  6. Presentations are to be spoken words (i.e., no poems, raps or songs).
  7. Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through speech.
  8. The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.

✔Introduce Yourself: Who are you? What is your expertise? Advocacy?

✔State the Problem: What is the issue you are trying to solve? What are the key messages/points about why the issue is important?

✔Present Your Solution: What is the significance and the relevant outcomes of your research?

 ✔Describe Your Value Proposition

✔Offer a CTA (Call to Action): How can the person you are talking to help?

*Participants are free to modify the components and flow of their pitch based on their strategy. There are various materials online to help in constructing a compelling 3-minute pitch.

 1:00 PM to 1:15 PMZoom Sign In
 1:16 PM to 1:30 PMPreliminaries
  Prayer, Philippine National Anthem, Opening Remarks
 1:31 PM to 2:00 PMPresentation of Pitches
  Closing Remarks

*Awarding of winners will be on November 25, 2022.


For questions, please contact:

UST Office of the Vice Rector for Research and Innovation
Phone: +63-2-8740-9731 / +63-2-3406-1611 local 4039
Email: ovrri@ust.edu.ph

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Email: mmhrdc@gmail.com

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