3-Minute Impact Competition

How will your SOSCIP collaborative research project change the world? What are the realized or potential impacts of your research?

If you are a trainee in a SOSCIP research project (post-doctoral fellow, undergraduate or graduate student), we invite you to apply to the 3-MI Competition which will take place at the SOSCIP 2017 Impact Conference, Tuesday, May 9th at the MaRS Centre.

The 3-MI Competition is an opportunity for trainees involved in SOSCIP collaborative research projects to demonstrate in a three-minute presentation the results and potential wide-ranging impacts of their SOSCIP research project to an audience of government, industry and academic stakeholders. Your presentation, which can include demos, PowerPoints and props, will showcase your invaluable contribution to the project and strong presentation skills. It’s a great opportunity to raise your profile and that of your research project.

Interested in applying?

Interested trainees are asked to submit a 250-word abstract or three-minute video on the impacts/results of their research project to Krista Davidson at krista.davidson@soscip.org for consideration, along with:

  • full name and status, university affiliation
  • name of the principal investigator
  • contact details (email, phone number)

Submissions must describe the objective of the SOSCIP project, the benefits of tackling the problem as an industry-academic team and the potential societal impact.

Applicants who do not submit a video may be asked to give a presentation to the SOSCIP team via Skype or video teleconference.

The most compelling submissions will be shortlisted and invited to present their 3-MI at the SOSCIP 2017 Impact Conference on May 9 at MarS, to an audience of hundreds of government, industry and academic stakeholders. There will be a first and second place prize, sponsored by IBM Canada Ltd. and Ontario Centres of Excellence.

Round 2: 3-MI at the Impact Conference

Shortlisted applicants have three minutes to present the (potential or actual) impacts/results of their SOSCIP collaborative research project on the morning of Tuesday, May 9th at the SOSCIP 2017 Impact Conference. Each presentation will have a brief Q&A session and be moderated by a panel of judges with varied skills, experiences and backgrounds.

When is it?

Tuesday, May 9th (a.m.)


The 3-MI is open to any post-doctoral fellow, graduate or undergraduate student and trainee that is currently engaged or have been engaged in a SOSCIP collaborative research project. Trainees may use PowerPoint presentations, demos and props to deliver their 3-MI presentation. Potential and/or realized results/impacts are welcome.


The deadline for Round 1 is Monday, April 10. Submissions and inquiries regarding the competition can be forwarded to krista.davidson@soscip.org. Applicants will be notified by Wednesday, April 12 and provided with detailed information regarding Round 2 of the 3-MI Competition at the Conference.

For more information, contact Krista Davidson.