Policy Idol 2016

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.

Click here to register for Policy Idol 2016!

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Policy Idol 2015

Policy Idol is a great opportunity for you to pitch your policy ideas to an elite panel of leading figures from the worlds of policy, academia and industry. Competitors will have just three minutes to pitch their ideas, either in teams or individually, which will be assessed on both style and substance. Three prizes will be available: two £500 prizes for the student runner-up and staff-runner up, and £1,000 for the overall winner.

The Policy Institute at King’s will be running heats across all campuses at King’s early in 2015, and those selected to progress to the final will be provided with bespoke training in communications. As in the heats, the judges will award marks on style and substance, but competitors will also have to convince a live audience who will be able to vote on the night. 

Policy Idol is all about communicating beyond academia. You may have a great idea, but if you can’t present it in a clear and concise way, no one will hear it. The competition encourages people to think about how they structure and sell their ideas and to maximise the difference their research makes to society.

The Policy Institute are keen to receive entries from staff and students in as many departments as possible to showcase the breadth of research at King’s and maximise its impact. 

More information about the event can be found here.