Whatever discipline you may belong to, the one thing that you will face are presentations, and real tough ones too. These difficult presentations can sometimes become a barrier in a student's professional life.That is where PWK-Presentation Whiz Kid comes in, and this year it was back, better and bigger.
With more than a hundred students eager to be the next WhizKid the first round kicked off splendidly where each team had to tell a story about Dhaka city through their impeccable slides and submit it online for the coming round on the November 9. Students were also given a workshop to polish their skills at Newscreed, conducted by Sajeed Alam, winner of Unilever BizMaestros and Future Leader's League 2015. A total of 27 teams had moved on to the second round, where they had to present their slides at Newscreed in order to succeed to the following, and much tougher round three. The semi-final which took place on the November 19, 2016 at the EMK Center was by far the toughest round students had to face. Round 3 commenced with each team giving a presentation on the given topic which was to design a campaign for the 26th Anniversary of The Daily Stark. From this tenacious round only 6 teams survived and managed to secure a place in the finals.
The semi-final was a regular presentation round, but a rocky one at that. With arguments and debates the depth and its toughness seemed to have increased making it harder for the teams to please the judges all the while making it more interesting. Each team were allowed to sit and strategise during their opponent's presentation, after which they were given a brief amount of time to prepare their materials, and finally battling it out in the rebuttal round where both the teams would present slides or simply decide to argue on the given topic, exchange thoughts, views and arguments in front of a panel of proficient judges from well-known organisations.
Each team that went head to head provided goals they wanted to achieve throughout the campaign such as the “Connect, Create, Change”, a goal to make people aware of the Sundarbans by team Felix Felicis; “Make the voice of the youth count”, a campaign where the young generation can raise their voice and help report injustice by team Tesseract. These teams were then critiqued crucially by the respected judges with sharp questions making the already tough competition even harder.
“PWK brings out the best in us,” expressed Team Ikigai, and Brains of Castamere said, “The best thing about PWK, which sets it apart from any other competition out there has been its set of judges who have provided feedback on a level which will help us not only in this particular competition but even when it comes to designing campaigns and presenting ideas in the real world.”
Lastly the judges expressed their views on PWK as an event where they can craft the ideas of university students from a professional angle. “This event shapes up their ideas, gives them corporate knowledge and helps them to sell these ideas. Also all the people present can gain knowledge as to how diverse ideas can be on a single core concept,” said Md. Azim Hossain, Head of Digital Media, PRAN-RFL Group.
“It was a very good initiative, it was well rounded, all the teams had a very good grasp about the competition especially at this age. I see a good future for all of them; as a presenter and as a marketer- all of them would do really good” mentioned Mirajul Haque, Head of Marketing, Bagdoom.com.
The PWK Nationals are being organised by the PWK Foundation, sponsored by EMK Center and Newscreed, and powered by digital marketing company GEEKY Social Ltd and The Daily Star.