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How does the Action Plan Presentation portion of the IC competition work?


Global Issues teams present their action plan presentation to judges and an audience at our International Conference. Students create props from the approved material list. Presentations can be up to four minutes long. Teams that do not complete the action plan presentation are ineligible for awards.

International Conference Awards
For action plan presentations, the 1st – 3rd place teams are announced in each division at the variety show on Saturday evening. The 1st place winners in each division present their action plan performance on stage at the awards ceremony on Sunday.

Helpful Links

Indiana University Map of Action Plan Presentation locations (Updated 6/4/24)

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Competition Rules

1. Format

The format of the presentation is open-ended. Students should choose a format that is exciting for the team, entertaining for the audience, and will allow the team to present their action plan effectively.

2. Presenters

Only the presentation team members may contribute to the development and performance of the presentation. The presentation team should include all members of the Global Issues competition team. Additional competitors (up to 7 students total) may collaborate on the presentation. Additional student presenters can be from Global Issues Individual or MAGIC, Scenario Writing, Scenario Performance, or Community Projects competitions.

3. Time Limit

Presentations cannot exceed four minutes. A member of the evaluation team serves as the timekeeper and signals students when 30 seconds and 15 seconds remain. They stop presentations at four minutes.

4. Competition Rooms

Teams are assigned to a live presentation room. This information is included in the International Conference check-in materials. Teams must remain in their assigned rooms and view all of the presentations.

5. Self-Identification

Performers must avoid any identifying information in their presentations or on the clothing worn during the performance. Identifying information includes the competitor’s name, school, affiliate, country, and/or state.

6. Mandatory Props and Quote

At the end of the Global Issues competition, two mandatory props and quote choices will be announced in the competition rooms. Students are required to incorporate the props and one quote into their presentation.

7. Information Sheet

Teams must arrive at their presentation rooms with their completed presentation of action plan information sheet provided at the end of the Global Issues competition.

8. Presentation Start

The underlying problem and an action plan summary must be read before the presentation. This will not count toward the four minute time limit. Students should limit their action plan summary to 90 seconds. Do not read your entire action plan.

9. Materials

At the 2024 International Conference, students may use the following materials when creating props for their action plan presentation skits:

  • 1 magazine
  • 12 pipe cleaners
  • 1 set of 8 water-soluble markers
  • 1 box of aluminum foil (or any part thereof)
  • Pens/pencils
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 1 paper bag (any size/variety)
  • 1 package paper plates (no more than 150 plates)
  • 1 roll of tape
  • 10 sheets colored paper (A4 or not to exceed 9×12 inches)

Students may use a pair of scissors, a stapler, and a box of staples when creating props, but for safety reasons, they cannot be used as props during the presentation. Students may also use four chairs in their presentation, which are provided in their competition room.

While students do not need to use every element on the resource list, additional items are prohibited.

10. Final Round

Teams advancing to the final round will be announced Friday evening on our conference app, Whova, and around campus. These teams will perform their presentation again as assigned on Saturday morning. Teams will need to keep their props in the event they advance to the final round. First place winners present again on stage at the International Conference awards ceremony.

11. Good Judgment

Students should use good judgment and remember that their presentations should be appropriate for all audiences.

Watch Out
Students are encouraged to think creatively and futuristically. Taking conceptual risks is part of the creative thinking process, but these risks may not pay off or may push the boundaries too far. All participants should consider the impact of their work and words on others, accounting for the diversity of age, ethnicity, religion, culture, and experience that make up the Future Problem Solving community.

12. Map to Action Plan Presentation Locations (Updated 6/4/24)


Evaluators use the official Presentation of Action Plan Evaluation Guidelines to assess the live performances at our International Conference. Scores from the live performances are used to determine International Conference champions. Future Problem Solving evaluation applies rubrics (with expectations) for corresponding point ranges for a range of criteria, including, but not limited to:

  • Relationship to action plan
  • Creativity
  • Persuasiveness
  • Completeness
  • Incorporation of props
  • Verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Staging

While there are guidelines and descriptions of expectations, Future Problem Solving evaluation is based on subjective scoring. Because there is no single “right” answer, varying interpretations of student work are possible. It is the decision of each evaluator to determine the points that will be awarded for each section of a scoresheet. For more information and a sample scoresheet, see the how evaluated article.

  • In round one, each presentation receives two evaluations. The top presentations from each room advance to the final round.
  • In the final round, each presentation receives three evaluations. The final round is conducted independently from round one.

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