U21 PwC Innovation Challenge

Present your ideas about the future world of work to PwC and their clients to win world-class career development or a trip to PwC Middle East.

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The 2019-2020 competition is now closed.

Take part in the U21 PwC Innovation Challenge 2019-2020

Graduate students in U21 member institutions are invited to take part in the 2019-2020 U21 PwC Innovation Challenge. 

The challenge requires students to respond to situations faced by the workforce of the future, to which they can apply their current knowledge and experience.

To enter, students should prepare a three-minute presentation  (submitted in video format) in response to the challenge laid out below.

Please note, this competition is only open to graduate students currently registered on a programme at the University of Auckland (programmes include taught masters, research masters and PhDs).

The question

How can universities help individuals gain a broader perspective on the long-term impact and consequences of their day-to-day actions on people, society and the environment? What types of jobs will an environmentally-sensitive economy need, and what is the best way to prepare students for them?


Three overall winning proposals will be selected. The winners will be awarded an expenses-paid trip to Dubai (seven days) courtesy of PwC where they will get the chance to explore the city and also see some of the innovative projects taking place there.

Runner-up prizes (six in total) will include career development coaching with the PwC Academy. Everyone entered into the U21 competition will receive access to online training via the PwC Academy; the assessment and certificate fees will be covered by PwC.

How to enter


Rules for submission

  • Submissions must be via video format, either an MP4 file or MOV. Files sent in the wrong format will not be accepted.
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes and competitors exceeding this will be disqualified.
  • You may use a maximum of one slide per presentation.
  • The video must have only one camera angle filmed from a static position. Zoom in and out from the static position is acceptable.
  • The 3-minute audio must be continuous – no edits or breaks etc.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word only (e.g. no poems, raps or songs). No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording. 
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech (timing does not include the title slide).
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.
  • Group round winners and runners up will be expected to provide a report after the competition to reflect on their experience. 

Intellectual property

By submitting your entry to the Innovation Challenge, you are acknowledging that your ideas/research will be made publicly accessible and shared with industry professionals. Videos will be uploaded to Vimeo and disseminated through the U21 website and social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram), and PwC’s media channels. Your video will be shared with PwC’s clients (you will be notified which clients and be contacted should any work-related opportunities arise). Judges, reviewers, staff and the audience will not be asked to sign non-disclosure statements.

U21 and PwC may take stills, video and/or audio clips of the presentations, or copy material prepared for use in the presentation, for promotional purposes. If your presentation draws on work/research that is being/has been conducted under contract with an outside sponsor, you are advised to discuss the related contractual terms of confidentiality and intellectual property with your supervisor(s) before participating in this competition. U21 and PwC have the right to ask you to withdraw from the competition if these conditions are not met.

Got questions?

If you have any questions about the competition or application process, please contact Taylor Sutherland at universitas21@auckland.ac.nz.