Student presentation results
Brain battles results
1st place: Jēkabs Jurdžs, Kipras Kazlauskas, Artur Rihvk (Team Baltview from SSE Riga); Benediktas Raulusonis, Tomas Milasauskas and Giedrius Padriezas (Team Antinucleons from Mykolas Romeris University and Vilnius University)
2nd place: Stanislav Filatov, Rokas Narkus, Andrius Oleinikovas (Team Naked Mind from SSE Riga); Aurimas Jozeliūnas, Dovilė Eitmantytė, Artūras Kanapkis (Team Business Sensei from Kauno Tehnologijos Universitetas)
3rd place: Laura Šņigirova, Elīna Strausa, Ginta Martinsone (Team Supporting Green from Latvijas Universitāte) and Povilas Brilius, Žygintas Dovydėnas, Karolina Mališauskaitė (Team Heavy Artillery of VMU from Vytautas Magnus University)
4th place: Juliana Mujollari, Eriselda Barjamaj, Natallia Shliazhka (Team JENergy from LCC International University) and Lukas Vaičiulis, Donatas Trasevskis, Vidmantas Kvietkauskas (Team LDV Solutions from Vilnius University)
How to get to the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga
SSE Riga is located in the heart of Riga’s Jugendstil/Art Nouveau district. It is within walking distance of the very centre of Riga (10-15 minutes by foot). Adress: Strēlnieku iela 4a, Riga LV 1010, Latvia
Transportation from the Central Railway Station
- Trolleybus Nr. 19, 24. Get on at Merkela iela. Get off at Medicinas muzejs (yellow triangle on Kalpaka bulv.)
- Bus Nr. 2, 24, 24a, 24e. Get on at Merkela iela. Get off at Medicinas muzejs (yellow triangle on Kalpaka bulv.)
Transportation from the Central Bus Station
- Tram Nr. 7, 9. Get on at Pragas iela. Get off at Ausekla iela
A – Central Station
B – Hotel Riga
C – Stockholm School of Economics in Riga
If you have difficulties find the place please contact:
BEFS 2012 Chief Communication Manager
For students coming from abroad:
There are several companies that have regular races to Riga from other Baltic cities,
some of them are listed below; please follow the links to find the schedules.
If you cannot find the suitable time using the mentioned links, try checking the Central Bus
Station webpage for the schedule; there should be a solution.
We would suggest using Google Maps to plan your arrival to the event. It is a very useful tool not to get lost and be on time. Please remember that registration starts at 11:00. After the registration there will be a short tour around SSE Riga premises.
Where to leave your car?
There are quite a lot of parking places around the center of Riga, though not all of them are free, so take this fact into account when planning to arrive by car. Some of the fee-paying parking places can be found here:
We would like to congratulate every team that has been invited to the next round of the Baltic Economic Forum for Students on 15 March, 2012!
The submitted works were distributed among the evaluators, who read them and made individual comments for each of the papers. The competent experts were selected for their experience in academic writing and also assessing academic studies. Every team will receive an individual valuation of their work, based on which they will be able to improve their performance in the further competition.
In overall we (organizers) and our professional evaluators were very pleased with the essays submitted and the quality of their work. Works showed good knowledge and understanding of energy related topics and described relevant examples from the industry. Most of them included very well-written analysis from not only economic, but also from diplomatic and political perspective, which gave a wider look at the research problem.
There will be 6 teams per 1 room presenting for jury. Each team will have 15 minutes (approximately 10 minutes for presentation and 5 for answering questions). For top final presentations, there will be more time devoted for every team.
Here are some technical tips for you to make your presentation better and your life a bit easier.
- Try to grab viewers` attention – select or create your own theme, use visual possibilities to convey your message more effectively, use graphics to emphasize key points, use animations and transitions wisely.
- Clearly communicate your information – start by outlining your presentation, use masters and layouts to save time and help get better results, use notes pages and handouts to help deliver the story.
- Stay in control of your presentation – keep file size manageable and know exactly what your viewers will see.
Try to make your presentation as much professional as it is possible. What you will show to the jury and to the companies` representatives might have very big value to help you get a job in the future!
What should be taken into account for the presentations:
- The presentation should offer a fresh and innovative approach to problems that the particular Energy industry is facing at the moment.
- You should try to achieve “out of the box” solutions, i.e. try to be as creative as possible. Express your opinion freely; however, do not go to extremes and by ignoring the key characteristics of the region’s political and economic climate or the industry itself.
- Try to use different information sources, such as scientific articles and news. If possible, in the presentation you should support your solution with facts and/or figures. Important: check the reliability of the sources you use.
- Since energy the industry has more geopolitical weight than any other industry in the world, it is important that you take an approach which considers the strategic and executive perspective as opposed to the commercial one.
Application process for BEFS 2012
All higher educational institutions’ students interested in energy issues in context of economics are invited to apply for BEFS 2012.
To apply, students should form teams of 3. Each team has to write an essay on any of the 4 topics:
- Deregulation of energy markets in the Baltics.
- Energy cooperation in the Baltic States.
- What are the possibilities of renewable energy for the Baltics?
- What does energy independence mean for the Baltics?
Essays must be 1500-2500 words long (excluding the title page, table of contents, references and appendices; referencing should be done according to the APA style, more information can be found here), Times New Roman, 1.5 spacing.
When applying for the event students must also upload CVs of each member and one motivation letter (per group). After online registration essays should be sent to the firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The extended deadline for submitting the required documents (essay, motivational letter, and three CVs) - Monday, February 6, 23:59.
It is advised to choose the most interesting topic for you. Once you have done this, don’t hesitate to start the extensive research and data analysis for the essay. An essay will be considered to be fine if particular problems are stated and discussed, a decent amount of analysis is provided and out-of-the-box solutions to the problems are suggested.
Best 24 teams will be invited to the finals, which will take place in Stockholm School of Economics in Riga on March 15-17, 2012. The selected teams will be required to prepare presentations on one of 4 appointed topics on energy issues. For this task 2 teams will be merged into one international presentation group – all together 6 people in each group. Each issue (Gas energy/ Oil energy/ Nuclear energy/ Electricity) will be addressed by 3 presentation groups.
2 juries (Gas & Oil, Nuclear & Electricity) will evaluate presentation groups simultaneously in different auditoriums. Afterwards juries will announce 4 best teams. These teams will present their solutions in main auditorium for everyone.
Benefits for students
Aside from getting unique experience of meeting and discussing issues with the highest tier professionals, as well as personal feedback on the application essays by the experts from BICEPS, organizers are also bundling prizes for the winning teams (of essays and of presentations on separate basis). List of prizes includes invitations to present your fresh ideas at professional energy conference organised by Dienas Bizness, largest Latvian business newspaper; subscriptions to top magazines on economics, business and politics; participation in the Days of Opportunities’12 and more.
The organizers will provide with some snacks and beverages (BEFS banquets). Accommodation with breakfast will be provided for teams coming from abroad (Lithuanian, Estonian universities). The participants should keep in mind that they will have to cover the expenditures for food and travelling by themselves.
In you have any questions or uncertainties about the task, contact Olga Peškova, Chief Communication Manager of BEFS 2012 via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.