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2021 NEWT Perfect Pitch Competition (9/24)*

September 24, 2021

The Perfect Pitch Competition provides an opportunity for NEWT students to present their research projects to a panel of judges in a unique, 90-second format.  The 1st place winner of NEWT’s competition will participate in a national pitch competition in Wash., D.C. with winners from other ERCs.  National pitch competition winners will receive cash prizes: 1st place $5,000; 2nd place $2,000; 3rd place $1,000.

The winners of NEWT’s local competition will receive cash prizes:  1st place $500; 2nd place $200; 3rd place $100.

2021 NEWT Perfect Pitch Competition Details:

  • Eligible Participants:  NEWT undergraduate, masters and PhD students engaged in NEWT research
  • Skills to be Developed:  concise & persuasive oral presentation, big picture thinking, performance under pressure
  • Pitch Content:  description of problem/opportunity, proposed solution, solution impact, call to action
  • NEWT Competition Prize Money:  1st place $500; 2nd place $200; 3rd place $100
  • Timeline:
  • Fri. Sept. 24th:  last day to confirm NEWT competition participation
  • Early October:  orientation and pitch lecture/training
  • Nov. & early Dec.:  2 – 3 total practice sessions with pitch coaches
  • Dec. 14th or 15th:  NEWT Competition (live at Rice U. during mid-yr./IPAB mtgs.)
  • Mar. 2022:  Nat’l Competition in Wash., D.C. at Biennial Mtg.

Students interested in participating in this year’s NEWT competition must send email confirmation of participation to Ernest Davis (NEWT ILO – emdavis@rice.edu) no later than Friday September 24th. *

Join us for fun, presentation skills development and friendly competition!


September 24, 2021
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