04 Oct Enactus World Cup – Judging Experience
Róisín Nestor, Enactus DCU alumni and broadcaster at AA Roadwatch shares her experience with us judging at this years Enactus World Cup in London!
‘Having presented at last years Enactus World Cup in Toronto, I was delighted to be afforded the opportunity to be a judge this year. It was very exciting to have a chance to be on the other side of the stage and witness the impact displayed by students from all corners of the globe.
You concentrate on projects on a whole level. At the end of the day, you really have to look at the Enactus criteria and see what ticks the boxes. You might have a great idea, make impacts, but if it’s not environmentally friendly or sustainable judges are already questioning it.
From judging I think we all appreciated simplicity and can see when projects are being fluffed up. It is important not to create unreasonable forecast figures or targets as these will be pulled up in the Q&A session. I enjoyed the opportunity of seeing other countries present their projects and how they displayed these through their presentation and annual report. The annual report is extremely important as this is the piece of information judges receive before the presentation begins. Once again, simplicity is key with this. Annual reports that contained too much information confused me while others that were simple grabbed my attention and I understood the teams projects straight away.
I also found that judging was a great networking opportunity as you were seated beside business partners and other alumni. Outside of the leagues, there were judges’ breakfast and lunches where you can also network. Overall it was a great opportunity and I would strongly urge any alumni to attend World Cup and judge – it’s an amazing experience!
To next year’s Enactus Ireland National Champions going forward to World Cup, my advice is to:
1. Keep your answers concise in the Q&A session
2. Keep your annual brochures clear with minimum text
3. Bring business cards
4. Practice, practice, practice all kinds of questions