Do you want to change the world? Do you have an idea for policymakers? Do you think you can convince a group of policy experts in just three minutes?
Policy Idol is an annual competition open to all students and staff at King’s. Organised by the Policy Institute at King’s for the first time in 2015, it was a huge success and is looking for new and exciting ideas for the next event.
The competition is a great opportunity for you to pitch your policy idea to an elite panel of leading figures from the worlds on politics, academia and industry. You can enter by yourself or as part of a team, and on the day you will have just three minutes to present your idea to the judges – who will assess your pitch on the quality of delivery and the evidence and analysis underpinning it.
To select the best ideas, a series of heats are run across King’s campuses, with standout pitches from each heat put through to the final. All finalists receive bespoke training in policy analysis and communications, as well as an opportunity to improve their pitch.
The final, hosted by Mark Easton from the BBC, takes place in front of a live audience with both the judges and the audience voting for their favourite idea at the end of the evening.
All finalists also have the opportunity for their ideas to be published by the Policy Institute. From the 2015 competition, Issues and ideas for an incoming government was published in the week following the General Election and shared with a broad community of policymakers, academics, journalists and business leaders, as well as all new MPs.