There are two ways to win Festival awards for you and your class!
Global Conversation Awards for stars
10 students and 10 classes will be awarded a Global Conversation award at the end of the Festival.
These awards are based on how many stars you receive over the Festival.
We’ll award stars based on the quality of your contributions. High-quality contributions will show the knowledge and skills for having great discussions. Find out more about the knowledge and skills.
You can get stars for different things on the Student Hub...
A comment linked to the discussion with good reasoning
Winning the weekly competition
Having a question you submitted answered by an expert
A high-quality comment with strong reasoning
Having a suggestion you’ve made for a new discussion published
An outstanding comment with new ideas that are backed up with facts and examples
You can keep track of how many stars you have in ‘My Profile’ and you’ll be able to see the student and class leaderboards.
Between weeks 5-7, you’ll work on creating your own posts about the topic that has interested you most. This will be your final say on the topic and give you a chance to share your opinion on it having joined the discussions and learnt about the topic.
We call this a Standpoint.
Standpoints will not win you stars but they are your chance to enter something even more special - the shortlist for the Topical Talk Standpoint Award. If your Standpoint is really high-quality, we’ll make it an ‘Editor’s pick’. We’ll send you a certificate and your Standpoint will be shortlisted.
Five winning Standpoints will be selected by senior editors at The Economist. If your Standpoint is a winner, you’ll receive a Standpoint award, a video message from one of our judges and a goodie bag of prizes! We’ll also share your work on the website.
Find out how to submit a Standpoint