The 2020-21 contest
Founded in 2001, the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) is the only contest that gives high school students around the globe the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. Jointly administered by the Brewer Foundation and New York University (NYU), this program is available to all high schools students for free.
During the 2020-21 contest, students will debate the topic, "Resolved: The benefits of artificial intelligence outweigh the harms."
The competition begins in October, as teams submit a qualifying round essay on the IPPF topic. The essay should be no more than 2,800 words, either affirming or negating the topic resolution. Judges evaluate each essay, and the top 64 teams advance into a single-elimination, written debate competition.
In the top 64 round, schools volley papers back and forth via e-mail. Judges review the essays in the order they are presented (affirmative constructive, negative constructive, affirmative rebuttal, negative rebuttal) and select the advancing teams. The process begins anew as the "Top 32" teams compete for their chance to advance to the "Sweet 16" round. (Learn more about the structure of the written rounds.)
IPPF ORAL DEBATE FINALS
In March, the "Elite 8" teams are announced. These teams win all-expenses-paid trips to New York City to compete during IPPF Finals Weekend, which begins on Friday, April 30, 2021. During the finals, teams supplement their written advocacy with oral argumentation. Judges for the oral rounds have included NYU President Emeritus John Sexton, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard N. Haass, Ret. General Wesley Clark, National Speech and Debate Association Executive Director Scott Wunn, and NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino.
(Note: Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our IPPF competitors. Should we be unable to host the event in New York in 2021 due to COVID-19, we will host an online IPPF Finals the same weekend, with a judging panel that will include NYU President Emeritus John Sexton and Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors Partner William A. Brewer III.)
Ultimately, the IPPF World Champion wins a $10,000 grand prize and the Brewer Cup!