3-Minute Pitch Competition

Sunday, October 20, 2019
Room 502

The CCEC 2019 organizing committee is proud to announce the 3-Minute Pitch Competition session, based on a Research Pitch.

The competition follows the spirit of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT)® competition that originated at The University of Queensland. This session is an opportunity for graduate students to showcase the innovation and impact of their research, as well as their innovative chemical engineering business ideas, to a wider audience of the chemical engineering community. It is open to all graduate students.

Participants have 3 minutes or less to present their Research Pitch to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex technical information in an engaging, accessible, and compelling way. The top students selected on Sunday, October 20 from each category of the competition will move on to compete in the 3-Minute Pitch Competition Finals on Monday, October 21.


The participant should be an Undergraduate, MSc or PhD student (that is, officially enrolled as a student as of July 1, 2019). Shortlisted participants must register for the conference by the early registration deadline of September 16, 2019 in order to secure their participation in the 3-Minute Pitch Competition.

Competition Procedure

The abstract submission deadline has passed. Abstracts should be written in layman terms. A Research Pitch abstract should address the problem that the research project aims to solve, the participant’s contributions, and the significance of these contributions. Shortlisted candidates will be notified to participate in the 3-Minute Pitch Competition after the abstract submission deadline.

Rules for the Competition

  • Participants will present to the judging panel in an open forum.
  • Presentations are limited to 3 minutes maximum.
  • Competitors exceeding 3 minutes will be cut off and judged on their presentations up to the 3-minute mark.
  • The timer starts when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech.
  • Only one static PowerPoint slide is permitted per presentation. The slide should be in widescreen (16:9) format.
  • The competition will be in English.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final.


Research Pitch
1st place: $300 - Shayne Gracious, McGill University
2nd place: $200 - Christopher Panaritis, University of Ottawa
3rd place: $100 - Ndrifreke Usen, Polytechnique Montréal

Judging Criteria

Research Pitch

Participants in the Research Pitch competition will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Aim and description of the research: Clear explanation of hypothesis, objectives, and the specific research questions being tackled; methods used to answer the research questions; results (if available).
  2. Novelty and impact: Originality of research, its relevance, and potential impact.
  3. Presentation: Communication skills, effective use of visuals, accessibility of presentation, and audience engagement.

The participants from the initial round who are selected as finalists will be provided tailored feedback on their presentations, thus enabling them to make a more effective pitch for the final round. Finalists will deliver their pitches in front of a larger audience and a judging panel at the 3-Minute Pitch Competition Finals on Monday, October 21.

The judging panel for the Research Pitch component will be composed of the session chair and four other individuals from academia and industry for the first round. The final round will be judged by 3 panelists.