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2017-18 Contest

The Brewer Foundation and New York University proudly announce the 17th Annual International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) - the first and only competition that gives high school students around the globe the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy!

This international contest is open to all schools - public and private - for free. It welcomes students across the spectrum of debate and forensic events. High school teams compete for awards and scholarships. The top eight teams win all-expenses-paid trips to the IPPF Finals in New York City! 

How to Participate in the IPPF:

Work with your debate coach or English teacher to form a team of at least three people. Then register for the competition by filling out this form. After your team has registered, prepare a qualifying round essay on the 2017-18 IPPF topic, "Resolved: International climate accords for greenhouse gas emissions should adopt binding enforcement mechanisms."

Essays are limited to 2,800 words and may be written from an affirmative or negative perspective. Participating teams can be comprised of any number of students. Submit your essay by noon CDT on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, to ippf@brewerfoundation.com. 

Entries will be reviewed by the IPPF Essay Review Committee and on November 6, 2017, the Top 64 teams will be announced. These teams begin a single-elimination, written debate tournament, with one school affirming the resolution and the other negating it. Judges blindly review the essays in the order they were written and select the advancing team. The process continues until the final eight teams are determined.

The "Elite 8" earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City April 20-22, 2018. In New York, teams compete in oral debates in front of a panel of judges that includes professionals in law, business, politics, debate and academia. The IPPF Champion is awarded a $10,000 grand prize and the Brewer Cup!


To download the brochure on this year's competition, click here


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