U21 PwC Competition

Take part in the U21 PwC Innovation Challenge 2018

Graduate students in U21 member institutions are invited to take part in the first ever 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 3-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 Challenge

We are living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work; automation and thinking machines’ are replacing human tasks, changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people. But what will the future look like? PwC has developed four scenarios in their Workforce of the Future study (www.pwc.com/people): a Red World where innovation rules; a Blue World where corporate is king; a Green World where companies care, and a Yellow World where humans come first.

Assuming you find yourself on a journey that looks like it ends in a ‘Red World’ scenario where Innovation Rules, what are the pros and cons for you? What skills will be important for individuals to thrive in this world, and how do you plan on adapting to it?


The competition is divided into 3 regional groups. The University of Auckland will be competing against students from 6 other U21 member universities.

One winning proposal will be selected from each region; they will be awarded with a fully-paid expenses trip to Dubai for one week valued at US$3000, courtesy of PwC. The visit will take place preferably in early September 2018. This VIP experience will be tailored to the student’s career development needs.

How to enter

The competition will have a 2-stage selection process, locally and then regionally. The University of Auckland selection panel will select the top 3 local entries to be put forward to the regional competition.

  1. Prepare and film your presentation according to the rules for submission
  2. Submit your video to universitas21@auckland.ac.nz by 12noon Thursday 17 May. If your file is too large to be sent via email, please use the University’s Web DropOff Box.
  3. The local selection panel results will be communicated by Wednesday 23 May
  4. The 3 University of Auckland finalists will then be invited to submit their video to U21 for regional judging by Friday 25 May.

For more information, including eligibility and judging criteria, please view the file below.

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 3 minutes and competitors exceeding this will be disqualified.
  • Use of slides are permitted but presentations limited to 1 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).
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through movement or speech (timing does not include the title slide).
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted within the video recording. 
  • The decision of the adjudicating panel is final.