Research Spotlight

Research Spotlight competition 2017 - REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

by Academy Admin


The Research Spotlight competition takes place as part of the Hopper Colloquium and provides you with a friendly forum for communicating the essence of your research via a short (3.5-minute) presentation to other postgraduate students and postdoc's.

All entrants for the Research Spotlight must also register to attend the London Hopper Colloquium.

There will be 14 Spotlight talks split between two 1/2 hour sessions. Your presentation topic may be from any research area within the field of computing and/or interdisciplinary studies connected to computing. All Spotlight presenters will receive a cash prize.


Women research masters students and PhD students.

How to enter the competition

When you register for the Research Spotlight competition you will be asked to send in an abstract describing your proposed research topic. These abstracts will be evaluated and the top 14 will be selected and placed on a finalist list. Other strong abstracts will be placed on a reserve list in rank order. You will receive notification of your placement by Thursday, 18th May.

All finalists are required to submit an acceptable set of four Powerpoint slides (no dynamic Powerpoint slides allowed) on their research topic one week before the London Hopper event. When you register for the competition, you will be sent a Powerpoint presentation template and an example set of slides to guide you in preparing your own slides. We recommend that members of the reserve list also prepare their talks and slides in case they are invited to participate in the Research Spotlight at short notice. At London Hopper itself, the finalists’ slides will be displayed from the MC’s laptop.



Speaker Prizes: the following three prizes* will be given:


Speaker prize (chosen by the judges)



  Invitation to be a speaker in the following year's London Hopper.

  1-year membership of BCS


Runner up Prize (chosen by the judges)



People's Choice Prize (chosen by popular vote of the attendees)


Finalist Prizes:The following finalist prize* will be given to each finalist who makes a presentation but who does not win one of the 3 speaker prizes.


*The cash prizes and awards are provided by IBM; the 1-year membership of BCS is provided by BCSWomen.


Preparing your Spotlight slides


When you register for the Research Spotlight competition, we will provide you with a Powerpoint presentation template and an example set of slides to guide you in preparing your own slides. All finalists must submit an acceptable set of 4 slides (no dynamic Powerpoint slides allowed) for their presentation one week before the London Hopper event.


Because of timing constraints, the number of spotlight entries is limited to 14 and a reserve list will be maintained. Finalists will be disqualified if they have not submitted an acceptable set of slides by 5pm on 19th May, 2017. If a presentation time slot becomes available, the top-ranked member of the reserve list will be invited to join the finalists and participate in the Research Spotlight. 


Your Research Spotlight presentation


Your talk will be stopped at the 3.5 minute mark, you will not be allowed to over-run. Thus we strongly recommend practising and timing your talk beforehand, more than once, preferably with an audience who can provide feedback. You may not use props during your presentation; you are being judged on the quality of your presentation, slides and written abstract.


The judging


For the Spotlight and Runner Up prizes, the judges will have read the abstracts beforehand but will also judge the competition on the quality of the presentations and slides. The criteria the judges will use in selecting winners are:


  Communication – How successful overall were you in explaining your research topic through the presentation, slides and abstract? 

  Presentation – Did you present a clear story with the right amount of scientific and/or technical content?  

  Slides – Were your slides well designed in terms of images, graphics and text?

  Abstract – Did your abstract clearly describe the research topic?


For the People’s Choice Prize, each attendee at London Hopper will have a voting sheet and will be invited to cast a single vote for the prize winner.


Points to note


1.  In the event of a "tie" for the People’s Choice prize, the judges will choose a single winner from the tied entrants. 

2.  If you have already won a prize in an earlier London Hopper Colloquium Spotlight or Poster competition, you are not eligible to enter this year’s Research Spotlight competition. 

3.  The organisers reserve the right to reject a Hopper Research Spotlight submission if the content of the abstract or slides are deemed inappropriate.


If you have any questions about this competition or your entry, please email