APPLICATION
MATIN Talks @ Home applications are now open!

Application deadline: July 26th 2020, 11:59pm PST.

MATIN Talks @ Home is a virtual event in lieu of our MATIN Talks Local (MTL) events that are usually held throughout the year in local communities across the country. Due to COVID-19, we are bringing MATIN Talks to you. This year, our adults and juniors will participate in separate events. Similar to our MTL events, the top two winners of the adults and juniors division MATIN Talks @ Home competition will move onto round one of MATIN Talks National held in December. 

The following application must be submitted by all contestants looking to participate in the MATIN Talks @ Home competition. Please note, you are required to submit all of the following items by the deadline. Also, please note that the listed deadline is for PST; please ensure that you account for time-zone differences when planning to submit your application. Please use the link at the bottom of this page to fill out and complete your application.

  • Talk title
  • Abstract (<1300 characters)
  • Short biography of yourself (<500 characters)
  • Headshot image (not a portrait image)
  • One minute video pitch

Allow sufficient time to prepare the required documents and submit them in a timely manner. Under no circumstances do we accept late submissions after the posted deadline.

Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation email with your responses. You will be notified via email if you are selected to move forward. If you are selected, we will ask for any supporting material, if needed, at that time.


Format of Competition

Application: Talk Title, Abstract, Short Video Pitch (prerecorded), Presenter Bio, Headshot Image

Round 1: Selected participants give full-length video presentations competing for a slot in round 2 (presented live). Powerpoint slides may be used but are not required.  The top four participants are selected by a panel of judges. These presentations are not given in front of a live audience.

Round 2: Full-length video presentations by the top four participants (presented live). Powerpoint slides may be used but are not required. First place winner selected by audience viewers.

Juniors and adults will present during separate events on different days, each with their own round 1 and round 2 events. Please see rules & guidelines for more information.

Competition Dates

Round 1 Adults: August 8th, 2020, Time TBD

Round 1 Juniors: August 9th, 2020, Time TBD

Round 2 Adults: August 15th, 2020 at 1pm PST*

Round 2 Juniors: August 16th, 2020 at 1pm PST*

*Pacific standard time (PST), please ensure that you account for time-zone differences.


What is an Abstract?

The abstract gives you the space to explain your pitch in a little more detail. Abstract limit is a maximum of 1300 characters. This should be submitted along with the video pitch before the aforementioned deadline. What should be included in the abstract?

  1. Your main topic, argument, or claim
  2. The significance of your topic
  3. Your supporting points
  4. Your references and sources

What is a Video Pitch?

The video pitch is a short one-minute video that introduces your topic and gives a summarized overview of the major points that will be covered in your full-length presentation. The video pitch must be prerecorded and sent along with your application. What should be included in the video pitch?

  1. Your full name
  2. Your main topic, argument, or claim
  3. A brief list of your supporting points

Video Submission Criteria:

  • White background
  • Headshot style recording of yourself (not portrait)
  • Good lighting
  • Good video quality
  • Good video sound

What is a Presenter Bio?

The presenter bio allows you to share a bit of your background and biography. It allows the judges and audience to become more familiar with who you are and what you’ve done. Please write this in the form of third person and with a maximum of 500 characters. This should be submitted along with the video pitch and abstract before the aforementioned deadline. What should be included in the presenter bio?

  1. Your full name
  2. Your academic background
  3. Your career pathway
  4. Your personal interests or hobbies
Questions or concerns? Email us: matin@msapsg.org
MT National Applications are closed!

Please check back for updates and information about 2020 rules and application deadlines.

 MTL Applications are Currently Closed.

The following application must be submitted by all contestants looking to participate in MATIN Talks Local (MTL) events. See organizers for your local dates and deadlines.

Please be informed, you are required to submit the following items:

  • A tentative talk title
  • An abstract (<1300 characters)
  • A short biography of yourself (<500 characters)

Allow sufficient time to complete the required documents and submit in a timely manner. Upon submission, you will receive a confirmation email with your responses. Upon approval, we will notify selected applicants and MTL organizers of their acceptance.