Each team will present their innovations in 10-minute presentations to panels of judges. The judges will then have an opportunity to ask questions for up to 15 minutes. Questions may be asked by the judges only. With about 5 minutes for transition, each team will have a 30-minute session. After the semifinals, judges will remain in their session rooms to deliberate the team placement for their session. After the finals, the judges will adjourn to the Judges Room to deliberate the final awards.
There are three stages to the I2P® UT Competition:
The feedback sessions provide each team an opportunity to learn from a live presentation. The feedback judges have been selected to fill a dual role. They will ask questions related to the judging criteria and also provide suggestions for how the team can improve the concepts of their innovation and their presentation. Based on the observation of previous competitions, the improvement in team presentations after the feedback session is often very extensive. I2P® Teams have reported spending an average of 6 hours and as many as 12 hours refining their presentations after the feedback sessions.
Each semifinal round has been organized as a separate competition and there will be a new set of judges evaluating the teams.
The first place team in each semifinal round will continue on to compete in the Marvin Selig Finals. There will be a new set of judges evaluating the teams for the final round. The top three teams will compete for $8500 in prizes.