Delegates « Participating

GIS Taiwan will choose delegates through an Action Plan competition. The competition comes in two parts, the Proposal and the Essay. We highly recommend all delegates to register as "earlybird", if time permitted.

Registration Plans

Earlybird plan

  • Firstly notified if is accepted as a delegate.
  • Twice the acceptance ratio than the normal plan.
  • Deadlines (Taiwan Standard Time, GMT+8)
    1/25 23:59 Proposal submission.
    2/15 23:59 Essay submission.
  1. Submit the Proposal before 1/25. The Proposal will go through the first stage of evaluation.
  2. Email notification will be sent on Febulary 3rd for qualified Proposals.
  3. Upload the Essay for accepted proposals before 2/15. The Essay will go through the second stage of evaluation.
  4. Email notification will be sent in Early April for qualified Essays. The qualified Essay author will become the delegate.
  5. The delegates must confirm their attendence. Further information are required.

Delegate Qualification E-mail Has Been Sent.

Normal plan

  • Due dates (Taiwan Standard Time, GMT+8)
    2/28 23:59 Proposal submission.
    3/14 23:59 Essay submission.
  1. Submit the Proposal before 2/28. The proposal will go through the first stage of evaluation.
  2. Email notification will be sent on March 4th for qualified proposals.
  3. Upload the Essay for accepted Proposals before 3/14. The Essay will go through the second stage of evaluation.
  4. Email notification will be sent in Mid April for qualified Essays. The qualified Essay author will become the delegate.
  5. The delegates must confirm their attendence. Further information is also required.

Delegate Qualification E-mail Has Been Sent.

Eligibility

The Essay competition is open to graduates and undergraduates, yet applicants must not be born prior to the year of 1978. All participants should be enrolled in an accredited college or university prior to January 1st, 2013 with proof of academic enrollment, either in the form of a transcript (with the participant's name and official stamp of his/her school) or a formal Certificate of Academic Enrollment. Any application made without proof of academic enrollment will be automatically disqualified. Around 100 participants will be admitted to the conference.


What to Write

The Essay competition comes in two stages: the Proposal and the Action Plan. Participants are to first submit a short Proposal: Deconstruct which would go through a selection process, and those who are eligible would advance and submit an Action Plan, choosing either Action A: “Benefiting yourself by benefiting others”, or Action B:” Maximize through competitiveness”. The Action Plan should be a continuation of the Proposal.

Introduction

This is an era of intense competition, with each and every individual in a state of contention and competition. Different groups and factions contend with one another for the limited resources; a natural phenomenon observable since the beginning of life. Competition is the quintessential driving force for progress; however, with the changes of our world accelerating at an ever faster pace, the definition and boundaries of the term can become rather blurry and ambiguous. Therefore, the diverse and variety of forms of competition needs to be examined in depth, enabling us to formulate profitable strategies in face of different situations.

Some circumstances require you to play your strengths and go beyond simple pursuit of self-interest, but rather achieve this goal through an overall enhancement of all interest groups. However, sometimes due to the constraints of technology, the overall value/benefit cannot substantially increase, sometimes stalled. If this were to occur, efficient allocation of resources is needed in order for respective interest groups and individuals to continue to benefit.

Hence this year’s topic "Strategy under Competition" hopes to combine the different perspectives, theories, and experiences of delegates from rich variety fields of studies, with the aim of stimulating new ideas, and finding possible ways of bilateral gains through competition. Throughout the conference, we encourage for delegates to think in other’s shoes, being able to come up with practical solutions in face of different forms of competitions.

Proposal : Deconstruct

We live in a world of competition, it can be seen everywhere, from the contention between two individuals to the power struggles of nations on the international arena. Competition extends beyond the human realm; contention is just as fierce between man and environment as well as all living organisms, if not more. Examples of competition include entrepreneurial grapple between companies, diplomatic fencing between nations, or the aforementioned man versus nature tug-of-war. Provide an example of competition, analyze how it happens and the interaction between involved parties.

Action A : Benefiting Yourself by Benefiting Others

Within society, contention occurs for the pursuit of interest, with all seeking to maximize their benefits. However owing to the tight-knit nature of societies, seeking interest purely for oneself may harm those of the society. In such instances, the purpose of competition should not solely aim at beating competitors or monopolizing the benefits, but rather seeking strategies allowing for coexistence and even mutually benefitting, allowing for an overall increase prosperity. In a competitive environment, is it possible for contenders to look beyond competition, promote interest for the greater good, and thus increasing benefits of their own? Please use the example provided in the Proposal in outlining methods and strategies that can be taken to promote individual interest by promoting the general interest, and explain them appropriately.

Action B : Maximize through Competitiveness

Breakthroughs are not common phenomenon, the improvement of general interest may be restricted by various factors, for example, science and technology development. Since resources shared by groups and individuals are limited, the allocation of resources may not be efficient. In that case, what strategies or actions can be taken to obtain a dominant position, reallocate resources, and maximize self-beneficence? Please use the example provided in the Proposal in outlining methods and strategies that can be taken to put finite resources into good use in order to achieve maximum individual interest, and explain them appropriately.


Expense & Reward

This section covers the expense and reward for the qualified delegates in GIS Taiwan 2013.

  • No submission, registration and participation fee.
  • No subsidy for flight tickets this year.
  • The expenses of accommodation and meals (except for the dinner on 9, 10, 11) during conference are covered by GIS Taiwan.
  • 4/4 Updated 5 top essay awards (based on the essay scores and the votes in the delegate exhibition)

Essay

This year’s GIS Taiwan will only accept Essays that feature a principal format and rules described below as the evaluation criteria for application to GIS Taiwan 2013. Essays aim to offer applicants the opportunity to further develop their ideas and think of innovative solution or suggestion toward the problems presented in the study guide that might be carried out in the future by entrepreneurs or governments.

The Essay should at least meet the following requirements:

  • The targeted group for the Essay. It could be an individual citizen, a company, a society, an NGO, or a government of a country.
  • The position and overall goal of the Essay. Does the Essay provide a feasible method to the current situation?
  • The detailed description of the Essay.
  • The difficulties and obstacles the Essay may encounter.

The Essay should be a continuation of the Proposal. All entries must abide by the following rules.

  • Proposals should not exceed 500 words.
  • Action Plans should be between 1,000 and 1,800 words.
  • All papers must be written in English.
  • Must be submitted in standard 1 inch margin.
  • Line spacing must be 1.5 lines.
  • The title line must be in 16 point - Times New Roman.
  • The content must be in 12 point - Times New Roman.
  • All papers must be submitted digitally as PDF documents.
  • An UNLOCKED PDF document is preferred for online essay publication purpose.
  • Handwritten Proposals or Action Plans presented through any other method will be automatically disqualified.
  • All pages should be numbered in the lower right-hand corner.

Proposal / Action Plan Title

The title of each Proposal and Action Plan should be an invention proposed by the individual participant; the official subtopic titles does not, and should not, serve the title function in the Action Plan.

Author Anonymity

The identity of the applicant can only appear on the application form. Related information of the author must not appear in the Proposal and Action Plan. Any implication of the author’s identity in the Proposal or in the Action Plan is forbidden.

Citation

Plagiarism in any form is strictly forbidden. Where appropriate, participants are encouraged to conduct further individual research by reading relevant books and articles and/or by making use of the Internet. It is expected that participants cite all quotations by means of the following international formal citation method:

  1. The Chicago Manual of Style (abbr. in writing as CMS or CMOS, or verbally as Chicago) ; http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/

Originality

Essays must be original, factually accurate, and must not violate the law, nor infringe the equitable right of any person or entity.


Criteria for Evaluation

An independent board of jury will review all submitted Essays. Each Essay will be evaluated on its own merit by a group of experts representing, among others, the academic and the business sector. A first round selection will be conducted to eliminate Proposals which do not meet the GIS Taiwan 2013 basic evaluation criteria, and a second round eliminating Action Plans.

Scores will be deducted in failure to abide by the rules above, which include the category of Format, Citation, and Proposal / Action Plan Title.

Qualified Proposals / Action Plans must be well-written, thorough and concise. Entries will be judged on how well participants have focused their ideas and how well they have addressed the following basic criteria:

  • Analysis and logic of argument.
  • Clarity of thoughts and presentation.
  • Topic selection and feasibility.
  • Significance and innovation.
  • Organization and structure.
  • Thorough conformity to the requisite Proposal/Essay format and rules.

By submitting the essay you agree with our copyright terms. For questions and further information,
please E-mail to gis-taiwan@gis-taiwan.ntu.edu.tw