Students must be attending high school and born in 1997, 1998 or 1999 to be eligible for entry to GEC 2015. Please note that ALL written reports, video presentations and optional PowerPoint submissions must be in English.
A team of up to 10 eligible students must first register, and provide all names and birthdates of the team members. There will be no limit to the number of high school teams entered from each country, but ABW may limit the number of teams entered by one school. If you wish to enter more than one team from your school please contact the Host organisation (ABW) for approval.
The team Coordinator must be an adult and cannot participate in the GEC as a team member. They are to be the Host organisation’s (ABW) point of contact for their team.
Ideally, the team should possess a broad range of complementary skills and knowledge in areas such as science and technology, business, marketing and communication.
Each team should have access to adult mentors at key stages during the 12-hour period. Mentors can be drawn from the teaching staff, business community or academia. Please ensure the mentors are there to support and motivate the team, not to instruct or direct.
The registration fee to participate in the GEC 2015 is AUD$200 per team, payable upon registration via PayPal to Australian Business Week (ABW), the not-for-profit organisation hosting the GEC, as a contribution towards the cost of running this significant world-wide event.
Registrations close 30th April 2015. No registrations will be accepted past this date.
Teams may wish to consider local fund raising or sponsorship to pay the registration fee, which averages AUD$20 per student participant for a team of ten (10).
All teams will require a venue in which to compete in the online challenge. Organisers should ensure that the venue be fit for the purpose with 12-hour access, reliable internet access and e-mail capability.
The 2015 GEC will operate across three time zones.
- Teams in the Americas will run on a timetable set to US Central Daylight Time: CDT; UTC-5 hours (Chicago).
- Teams in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will run to a timetable set on Central Europe Summer Time: CEST; UTC+2hours (Berlin).
- Competitors from the Asia and Pacific Region will run to a timetable set on Australian Eastern Standard Time: AEST; UTC+10 hours (Sydney).
All competing teams will be allocated 12 hours only, on Saturday June 13 local time, to complete the GEC challenge, and will then be required to submit their entry to be judged by the international panel. Submissions and announcements of winners will be posted on the GEC website.
2015 GEC Participant Timetable
Saturday June 13 (all regions)
- 9.00 Let the Challenge Begin
- 19.00 Submission of Business Plans
- 21.00 Submission of Video Presentation and Close of Challenge
All competing teams must nominate two or more judges to join the international judging panel. The judges may be teachers, parents, local business owners or persons from academia. Judges do not necessarily need to have a business background. Judges will be required to judge a minimum of 10 entries. Please be aware that failure of one Judge to complete their duties will see 10% deducted from the nominating school score. Failure of both Judges to complete their duties will see the nominating school disqualified from the GEC.
The results of the international judging panel will be published, with rank and score provided for each entry. Teams will be provided with comprehensive feedback consisting of both scores and detailed judge's comments. To view an example click here.
Awards are to be made to winning teams at Country, Regional and Global levels. To establish a national winning team in a particular country, there will be a requirement of a minimum of five GEC entries from that country. National GEC winners will be determined by the global scoring of those entries, and will be announced at the conclusion of the judging. A team that enters the GEC from a particular country that has fewer than five GEC entries will still be eligible to gain a place in the GEC at the Regional and/or Global levels.