$10,000 Speech Competition
In honor of the public speaking skills of former Utah Congressman Wayne Owens, the Hinckley Institute of Politics and ASUU are proud to host the HIP Talks annual speech contest.
This event is open to all University of Utah students who want to contribute original, powerful thinking in the form of public speaking to the U’s legacy.
2017 HIP Talks
How it Works
Students will prepare and give a two-minute speech in front of a qualified panel of judges in one of three qualifying rounds. (A student can attend more than one qualifying round if he or she wishes.) Students who are selected from the qualifying rounds will give the same speech in front of a panel of celebrity judges in a final competition.
April 4th, 12:00-2:00pm, Gould Auditorium in the Marriott Library
April 6th, 5:00-8:00pm, Room 1A/B in the Heritage Center
April 7th, 12:00-2:00pm, Union Theater in the Union Building
April 20th, 5:00-8:00pm, Bill Child Community Hall in the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building
Finalists include: Tressie Rollins, Maddie Block, Juan Carlos Guerrero, Trevor Finch, Gabrielle Saunders, Hannah Fox, Mackenzie Gregerson, Satin Tashnizi, Bryn Campbell, Clytie Robinette, Abbie Robles, Jenica Jessen, Skylar Hektner, Gabriela Piril, Samantha Thorne, Chloe Betts, Max Chaffetz, Nariko Ruiz-Murillo, Clara Somer, Thulasi Seshan, Caitlin Silianoff, Jose Chacon, Elizabeth Ruelle, Sarah Patterson, Remi Prince, Jessica Applegate, Ciria Alvarez Valle, Ramakrishnan, Ali Darvish, Ben Seastrand.
2016 HIP Talks
Twenty-eight students participated in the final round of HIP Talks on April 20, 2016, in the Moot Courtroom at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Speech topics ranged from immigration to sexism, body image to left-handedness, and sexual assault to the experience of those who identify as LGBTQ+ in the LDS community.
Over 180 students delivered original, two-minute speeches in the second annual HIP Talks competition. Sponsored by the Hinckley Institute of Politics, Congressman Wayne Owens Fund, and Associated Students of the University of Utah, HIP Talks seeks to foster public speaking skills on campus through a university-wide speech competition.
2015 HIP Talks
Two minute speeches were delivered on a wide variety of topics. The top speakers from each preliminary round competed in the celebrity-judged finals. Recordings of the finalists can be found at KCPW. Fox 13's coverage of the final event can be found here.
- Grand Prize: Emily Glende, Teaching
- Humorous: Rachael Palmer, Pocket Inequality
- Compelling: Chaz Allen, The Mercenary Divide
- Informative: Nora Abu Dan, Got Time
- Original: Devin Price, Dead Beat Dads
- Audience Favorite: Sabrina Abdalla, More than Enough