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AGT Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts: Second Annual AAPOR's Got Talent Competition in Toronto
The AAPOR Education Committee is now accepting abstract submissions for the second annual AAPOR’s Got Talent (AGT) competition! As a reminder about last year's inaugural event, this competition allows AAPOR members to develop original ideas for addressing some of the most pressing issues in survey research, and present their ideas to a panel of judges and the AAPOR membership at the annual conference. The audience and the judges then vote for their favorite idea, and a winner is selected based on the votes.
The abstracts can be submitted by teams or individuals, and will outline an idea for addressing an important survey research problem identified by the AAPOR community. Five abstracts will be selected to present their pitches to the audience and the panel of distinguished judges in an open session at the 2019 conference.  
Teams will present how they would do the research, the impact of the research, how it solves the research issue and any limitations. Teams don’t have to actually do the research - just wow the judges with your research design! The judges and audience will then vote to decide on the best idea. In addition to accolades and the admiration of fellow AAPOR attendees, the winning teams will receive cash prizes - $3000 grand prize and $500 runner up prize!
For this edition of AAPOR’s Got Talent, competitors must choose from one of the following challenge topics:

  • Nonprobability surveys
  • Innovative uses of paradata
  • Innovative methods for integrating survey data and big data (e.g., data science, machine learning, administrative data, social media, sensors, etc.)

Interested parties must select one of the listed challenge topics and submit an abstract of their intended research pitch by January 28, 2019.  The abstract should be no more than 500 words in length and should include the reason the team chose the topic, describe the team’s approach to doing the research, highlight how the intended research will address the topic, and state the larger impact of the project upon the survey research community.  Abstract submissions will be reviewed by the AGT committee and accepted competitors will be notified in early February 2019.  Interested parties should submit an abstract and register their team’s intention to compete in the AAPOR’s Got Talent event at this link.
For more information on judging criteria, presentation guidelines, and a FAQ about the event, please visit the AGT page or follow AGT’s Facebook page.