competition format

Registration and Preliminary Process 

Round 1: The Reformer in You

Interested applicants would apply individually or in a team of maximum four and minimum three.

Participants will be required to:

  • Fill up and submit registration form (Online registration or on-spot registration at BRAC University)
  • Get access to the application questions after registration
  • Submit 500 words essay as the answer to the application question of your own choice.

All submissions would be assessed and 60 successful individuals will be shortlisted. Top 15 teams will be formed as followed:

  • Individual applicants who are shortlisted will be teamed up with group of 4 or 3.
  • Team applicants will proceed in their own team.
  • Teams may constitute students from different universities.

Top 15 teams shall compete in EconPodium | 1.0

No registration fee is needed to participate in Round 1. However, if you qualify for Round 2 then you have to pay BDT 800 [team participants] and BDT 200 [individual participants] as registration fee.


Research and Preparation

The Art of Policy Making- A Pragmatic Approach

In the first workshop, held one week prior to the Round 2, the theme of the competition will be revealed and the top 20 teams will receive a “Welcome Pack” which will contain:

  • The assigned topic
  • Public Policy making and presentation guidelines
  • Judging rubrics
  • Relevant reading materials
  • Itinerary

**A mentor for each Top 15 team is a must!


Participants have two options:

  1. They can choose their own mentor; mentor can be a faculty member [not necessary from Econ Background] from their respective universities, or an urban practitioner who will agree to guide the team in bringing out the best in them!
  2. If a team fails to select a mentor then they will have to inform organizing committee and committee will assign a mentor to that team.

Participants are expected to:

  • Initiate consultations with mentors from the early stage.
  • Consultations are likely to be done online; or
  • Physical meet up with the mentor is possible if mutually agreed upon by participants and mentors.

BRAC University Economics and Social Sciences faculty members will brief students on the case and how to best approach it. Guest speakers who are practitioners in urban planning and development will be invited to speak at the event. Their lectures will address practical problems and constraints that the policy makers face and how to solve them.


Round 2: Breaking Barriers


Now that you have been assigned a particular policy agenda based on the factors that led up to the affordable housing crisis, you should dive in and really investigate what it is all about and take a stand. Identify the loopholes, then design and propose a new policy and present it to the judges. You may be asked to carry out a public survey depending on the agenda.


  • Each team would present their proposed policy.
  • Each team would be given 6 minutes of presentation time followed by 4 minutes of “Questions and Answers” session by judges and/or members from other teams, with priority given to judges.
  • After all presentations, judges would comment and feedback accordingly.

Top 5 teams will progress to the Final.


Workshop 2: Policy Analytics

EconPodium | 1.0 aims to serve as a platform for the audience to gain knowledge, rather than only competing. By opening to the public audience, the discussion will be more fruitful as voices from different perspectives could be heard.

Participants will be exposed to different seminars and workshops including:

  1. Training Workshop 1: Focus group session.
  2. Training Workshop 2: Statistical Methods on Policies. 



Grand Finale: The Big Question 

The top 5 teams will be given the final case during the workshop 2. The final case will contain most of the policy questions posed in Round 2 into one coherent study on urban housing crisis. Participants are required to use their previous research and conduct new ones to solve the case. Participants are required to formulate a clear and concise thesis and their stance on the issue. Teams are suggested to revise their policy recommendations according to the feedback given by the judges in the Round 2.


  • Each team would be given a 10 minutes presentation slot
  • Each presentation would be followed by a 6 minutes “Questions and Answers” session solely by the judges and followed by a 2 minutes open-floor Question Time by members of the audience.