Solutions Summit Guidelines
Any clarification of rules or guidelines will be issued in writing to all participating teams in a timely manner and no less than (x) weeks prior to the competition. No school may alter the language of these rules without the approval of The Bonner Foundation and the writers of the Competition Guidelines; however the Competition Guidelines will be reviewed for relevance each year, and rules may be added or deleted, so long as the language inserted is the original text contained in the official Competition Guidelines. All teams are responsible and will be held accountable for the conduct of persons associated with their teams throughout the competition.
Competitions will be judged by a panel of adjudicators chosen by the Bonner Foundation. Questions or interpretations of these rules are within the discretion of the Bonner Foundation and the chosen panel of adjudicators, whose decision is final.
Code of Conduct:
The panel of adjudicators possesses discretion to impose punitive measures for any misconduct occurring while a team is present for the competition, for flagrant rule violations, and for breaches of decorum which affect the conduct of the competition or which impugn the reputation or integrity of any team, school, individual, adjudicator, or the competition.
The Policy Question/Issue:
The policy issue at hand will be decided upon the Bonner Foundation and sent to participating schools no later than January 15th, in order to give teams time to prepare for the competition.
Teams must present their Policy Presentation using all 6 members equally participating.
Team Roster Form:
Copies of the Team Roster Form must be completed and duplicated by each team prior to arrival at the competition.
After 5 minutes of debriefing and scoring, each judge on the panel will is allotted 3 minutes to explain their thoughts on the presentation. The timekeepers will monitor the critique following the presentation. They will not verbalize the specific scores they have awarded the team, but will give their general opinion of the presentation for each category. All decisions of the judging panel are FINAL.
The policy presentation time limits are as follows:
Teams may refer only to the following materials during their presentation:
Professors, other school personnel, and observers shall not talk to, signal, communicate with, or advise their teams during the trial. Team members may, among themselves, communicate during their presentation or during others in order to formulate and compile questions; however, no disruptive communication is allowed. Signaling of time by the teams’ timekeepers shall not be considered a violation of this rule.
Use of Notes:
Students may use notes for speaking assistance in presenting their policy, and may consult with team members during their presentation verbally or through the use of notes. The use of laptops or other electronic devices is prohibited.
Verification of Sources:
In order to ensure validity of information, judges will be allotted time to verify a minimum of 3 sources used in each policy presentation.
Composition of Judging Panels:
The judging panel will consist of 3 individuals. The composition of the judging panel will be consistent throughout the competition, as follows:
All judges receive the Competition Guidelines, an outline of the current policy issue, team roster forms, and a laptop in order to verify sources.
The term “ballot” will refer to the decision made by a scoring judge as to which team made the best overall presentation. The term “score sheet” is used in reference to the form on which points are recorded. The team that earns the the highest points on an individual judge’s score sheet is the winner of that ballot. The team that receives the majority of the 3 ballots wins the competition. Judges may discuss any special awards that may be given, but the judging panel should not discuss individual team scores.
Completion of Score Sheets:
Each scoring judge shall record a number of points (1-10) for each presentation of the trial. At the end of the trial, each scoring judge shall total the sum of each team’s individual points, place this sum in the Total Points box, and enter the team with the higher total number of points in the tie-breaker box. NO TIE IS ALLOWED IN THE TOTAL POINTS BOXES.
Teams will be scored (1-10) based on the following criteria:
The overall winning team will be awarded a prize as the competition winner. There are also sub categories including Best Presentation, Best Solutions, and Most Sustainable. These winners will be nominated by the judges, who must come to a consensus as to which teams they feel deserve each award.