ICT Academy Youth Talk 2019 - Andhra Pradesh

Great leaders are always considered as first-class communicators, they have a clear set of values and they always believe in promoting and inculcating those values in others. Some of the greatest leaders of history have also been motivators, able to encourage others to work toward a common goal. This ability to motivate has largely been a result of solid communication skills. Mahatma Gandhi and Subash Chandra Bose, are the two of the most effective leaders in history approached challenges in different ways, but both excelled at communication. It can be said that communication is not merely the exchange of information but is an art which is well-used in contemporary World to pave in the way for inspiration and success.

Understanding this, ICT Academy has been organizing "ICT Academy Youth Talk" since 2014, with the aim to evolve the communication skills among the students, the future leaders. ICT Academy Youth Talk has now become the tradition among the students of higher education, competing against each other to exhibit their public speaking skills thus evolving the leadership capabilities. This initiative is envisioned to identify young, powerful communicators and leaders who can communicate their thoughts to inspire the youth and peers in their community.

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Q1. What is ICT Academy Youth Talk?

ICT Academy Youth Talk is a speech contest for college students to express their ideas, through an inspiring and powerful speech to their peers, thus fostering leadership capabilities among college students.

Q2. Who can apply for ICT Academy Youth Talk contest?

ICT Academy Youth Talk contest is for students pursuingfull-time undergraduate or Master’s degree of any discipline, from any recognized institutions across India.

Q3. What is the prize for the winner?

The winner of the ICT Academy Youth Talk 2019 will be crowned as ‘ICT Academy Youth Icon of the State’ and awarded with a fully-paid trip to Singapore.

Q4. What are the stages of the contest?

  • The first level of screening - Online (upload a 3-minute video of their talk in YouTube and send us the link.)
  • The contest will be conducted is 3 regions namely, Vijayawada, Nellore and Vizag
  • Top 100 will be shortlisted in each region (through online)
  • Top 10 will be shortlisted in regional pre-finals in each region
  • Two Regional Toppers in each region will be identified in Regional Finals.
  • Totally 6 Toppers of the all 3 regions will compete in the State Final and one winner will be recognized and awarded with complimentary educational tour to Singapore.

Q5. Where can I get updates about the event?

Check out for the updates in our social media pages

Talk Format

Inspiring Topic

The speaker has to choose a topic, which has a vital message to inspire the youth audience.

Time Bound

The duration of the talk must be for a maximum of 10 minutes and the speaker has to deliver a power packed talk within the stipulated time.

Passion & Energy

The speaker is expected to exhibit passion, energy, attitude, skills and abilities to make the speech very interesting and effective.


The success of the talk predominantly relies on the quality of the topic chosen. The chosen topic should have the scope for exhibiting your public speaking skills and thereby to inspire the audience. Though the scope of the talk is not restricted, the chosen topic should be non-political, non-religious and other ambiguous themes that affect any individual, personal and social values. The contestants must prepare their own talk, which is strictly free from plagiarism.

List of Topics

  • The worldwide improvement in the standard of living is the reason of the damage to the environment.
  • Will the Internet bring people closer together?
  • Does modern technology make life convenient?
  • Was human life better or worse when technologies were simpler?
  • Computers are becoming better translators every day. Do children need to learn more languages?
  • In what ways has information technology changed the rules and working practices in the last 5 years?
  • We are becoming more and more dependent on computers. Is this dependence on technology good or bad?
  • TV and Mass Media: could we exist without it?
  • Nuclear power provides cheap and clean energy. Its benefits and disadvantages.
  • Technology is making communication much easier, but not in the sense of personal contact.
  • People prefer contacts through screens rather than face-to-face communication.
  • Will modern technology such as the Web ever replace the printed media as the main source of information?
  • Real wealth is never measured in money or possessions.

List of Topics

  • My biggest concern for the future is...
  • Conservation is survival.
  • Real love is not the stuff of pop songs.
  • If I were an animal I'd be a...
  • Plants have feelings too.
  • Junk food's popularity relies on marketing.
  • To err is human. To forgive is divine. Discuss.
  • The world is a smaller place these days.
  • The more we communicate, the less we really say.
  • When I grow up...
  • To be grown up is a state of mind.
  • Goals are good for you.
  • The most important lesson of my life so far...
  • Intelligence is not enough.
  • If I ruled the world...
  • The most important lesson of my life so far...
  • Intelligence is not enough.
  • If I ruled the world...
  • Color affects the way people feel.
  • Ill health begins in the mind.
  • Team sports build strong individuals.
  • Laughter is the best medicine.
  • Fools and their money are easily parted.
  • Discipline is not a dirty word.
  • Beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.
  • Children learn what they live with.
  • Poverty is a state of mind.
  • What characteristics make an ideal hero and why?

List of Topics

  • What and who is an average person?
  • Being young is over-rated. a good idea?
  • Does money make the world go round?
  • What human quality do we need more of and why?
  • Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?
  • How we look is unimportant. It's who we are on the inside that counts.
  • Fashion victims I have known.
  • Pets are for people who don't have children.
  • Summer is the best and worst of times. Why?
  • The media controls how and what we think..
  • Advertising targeting children is immoral.
  • Real learning doesn't occur in a classroom.
  • What would you rather be - wise or intelligent?
  • True wisdom comes from experience.
  • A sense of humor is essential.
  • Uniforms stifle individuality.
  • What is normal is decided by the society we live in.
  • Manners matter
  • Children should not watch television.
  • Art is essential to life.
  • Cities are for people not cars.
  • Peace is possible.

Who can talk?

Student currently pursuing full-time Graduation / Post Graduation in any recognized college across India

Contest Process

The contest will happen in 3 regions Vijayawada, Nellore, Vizag

Initial Screening: Top 100 will be shortlisted through initial screening in each region (based on 3-minute video submitted by contestants through YouTube)


Regional Pre-Finals: Out of 100, top 10 will be shortlisted in regional pre-finals in each region.


Regional Finals: Two Regional Toppers in each region will be identified in Regional Finals. In total, 6 toppers will be identified from 3 regions in the state


State Finals: 6 Toppers of the all 3 regions will compete against each other in the State Final and the winner will be recognized and awarded with a complimentary educational Tour to Singapore.

Prizes and Awards

Regional Level

First Place

Award + Certificate + Finalist for the Grand Finale with a chance to Win a trip to Singapore

Second Place

Award + Certificate + Finalist for the Grand Finale with a chance to Win a trip to Singapore

Third Place

Award + Certificate

State Level

First Place

Trip to Singapore + Award + Certificate + Title "ICT Academy Youth Icon of the Year

Second Place

Award + Certificate

Third Place

Award + Certificate

Judging Criteria

Selection of Topic

Quality of Content

Confidence &Body language

Language proficiency

Abide by the timeline

Important Dates

Last Date to register

31 October 2019

Initial Screening

1st week of November 2019

Regional Pre-Final

3rd week of November 2019

Regional Final

3rd week of November 2019

State Final

November 2019