【Submission by July 31】APRU and The New York Times: Asia-Pacific Case Competition 2018

The Asia-Pacific Case Competition challenges students to critically evaluate the fast-evolving landscape of artificial intelligence. How we can harness the full potential of this promising technology? How do we effectively mitigate the risks?

The competition is open to university students in the Asia-Pacific region and the winner will have their work recognized and published in The New York Times International Edition.  

The topic for this year's competition is Artificial Intelligence: How A.I. is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives


Artificial Intelligence

Article and Task

How A.I. Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives

Fei-Fei Li, who is Chief Scientist of A.I./ML at Google Cloud and Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, said in the above-titled article for the New York Times that academia and the government must help ensure that A.I. evolved into something that enhanced our humanity, created as many jobs as it replaced and operated in safe and predictable ways.
With this quote and this article in mind, write an 800-word policy brief to a political leader or public official in your country on the best ways to ensure that social goals are built into A.I. research and development, and that the benefits of A.I. are shared equitably for sustainable development, demonstrating how risks might be mitigated. Each policy brief must include at least three original photographs, charts, figures, or infographics to illustrate issues and solutions proposed.


The team must be comprised of students enrolled at a university in the Asia-Pacific region, as of May 2018. Submissions are invited from undergraduate and postgraduate students across all disciplines. Teams may consist of individuals or groups of up to three students.


– Minimum of three original photographs, charts, figures, or infographics must be included with the submission (JPEG or PNG format)
– Length: Maximum 800 words, using single line spacing
– Save file name in the following format: < Names_TohokuUniversity_APRUNYT2018 >
– Work to be submitted as a Word document (.doc, .docx) or PDF file to submission@apru.org
– Submission deadline: July 31, 2018

Criteria for Assessment​

– Accuracy of the facts and data presented to support arguments (20%)
– Relevance on the use of theories, concepts, external data or research applied to support arguments (30%)
– Clarity of the presentation and organization of ideas, rationale, and recommendations (20%)
– Originality of decisions, recommendations, and solutions proposed (30%)

Writing a Policy Brief​

– Leadership for Educational Equity, Guide to Writing an Effective Policy Memo”
– John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, “Policy Memos”
– Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “Writing Effective Policy Memos”
– Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, “Tips on Writing a Policy Memo”
– Thompson Writing Program, Duke University, “Policy Memo”


​- Winning entry published in The New York Times International, Asia Pacific edition
– The New York Times-APRU trophy
– Work to be showcased at across various APRU platforms, including, events, publications, and the website
– New York Times gifts
– 4-week digital subscription to The New York Times for all participants

Important Dates

– Submissions due by July 31, 2018 to submission@apru.org
– Winners announced in October 2018


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