Event Marketing Smackdown

Dream up an exciting, student-focused event, and it could become a reality!

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Event Marketing Smackdown 20-21 March

At the Event Marketing Smackdown, you’ll work in teams over two days to dream up an exciting, student-focused event for ChristchurchNZ. Your mission is to promote exciting opportunities in the future of food, fibre and agritech. The best ideas will be turned into reality, with the winning team working with ChristchurchNZ to deliver their event. Professional networking, free food and cash prizes up for grabs… what are you waiting for?!

Why sign up?

  • Work in a collaborative environment and meet interesting new people from across a range of disciplines.
  • Develop your innovation, teamwork and presentation skills.
  • Learn how to put together a business pitch as a team.
  • Network with mentors and experts.
  • Have something awesome to put on your CV!
  • Enjoy delicious food provided throughout the challenge!
  • Be in to win cash prizes!

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What to expect 

Challenge Launch - Monday 16 March, 4 - 6pm

The challenge begins with the launch on Monday 16th March! ChristchurchNZ experts will explain their goals for your event, and you will meet your team for the challenge. The rest of the launch will be all about working with your new teammates and enjoying some great food!

The Challenge - Friday & Saturday 20-21 March, 9am - 5pm

Throughout the 2 days of the Challenge, you will work with your team to develop an idea into a 3 minute pitch. You can pop in and out to attend lectures on the Friday, and must be available for the final presentation session on Saturday afternoon.

On the first day, experts will work with your teams in a speed mentoring session. This will provide plenty of expert ideas and feedback to help push your idea forward. Towards the end of the day, each team will also have a check-in session, which gives your team the opportunity to run through your presentation and receive some feedback. 

Day two is when your team will really fine-tune your ideas and work on your final presentations. In the morning, your team will have a final check-in with UCE staff, then have time to practice for the afternoon’s presentation session! The presentation involves each team making a 3 minute pitch about their idea to a panel of judges. After the winners have been announced, you can chill out, mingle with other participants, and celebrate what you have achieved over the 2 days over some drinks and nibbles!

We will provide food and drinks throughout the challenge!

Who should attend?

Tertiary students across all institutes and degrees are welcome to attend our challenge! No background experience in marketing or event management is required -- this challenge is designed for all tertiary students of all levels.

Do I need a team in advance?

No, we will organise teams for you. All you need to do is register and turn up for the challenge!

Who is running the challenge?

The UC Centre for Entrepreneurship, ChristchurchNZ and the Marketing Association are working in partnership to provide this exciting challenge.

Applications are accepted on a first in, first served basis. Space is strictly limited, so get in quick! 

Applications close by Wednesday 11th March.

Key dates

  • Launch: Monday 16th March -  4 to 6pm
  • Challenge: Friday 20th March & Saturday 21st - 9am to 5pm
  • UC students can pop out to attend lectures on Friday and must be available for the final presentation on Saturday afternoon.  

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch - email uce@canterbury.ac.nz

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