California Future Business Leaders of America

Your Future Is Our Business


  • Category: Prejudged Project & Presentation

    Type: Individual or Team

    This event consists of two (2) parts: a prejudged project (synopsis) to be submitted for prejudging and a presentation at the conference. Competitors are required to complete both parts for award eligibility. Includes a presentation or role play. Review specific guidelines for each event as guidelines vary.

    No more than one (1) team member may have competed in this event at a prior NLC or have competed more than two (2) years at the national level. A participant may compete as an individual their first year. However, if competing a second year, the participant must be part of a team.

    : Each local chapter may submit one (1) entry created by either an individual (1) or a team of two(2) or three (3). A written synopsis (see event specific guidelines) must be submitted by the deadline. The top-ten submissions with the highest score will participate in the presentation portion of this event.
    NATIONAL: The top four (4) places in the state competition will representate California at the National Leadership Conference.

    The idea of companies implanting tiny microchips in the hands of employees is starting to take hold.  This raises questions about health and privacy risk. The idea behind these chips are that workers will no longer have to bother with log-ins at their PC or swipe badges to open security doors. Be prepared to argue the affirmative that yes, companies should be allowed to require the insertion of microchips in their employees; and be prepared to argue the negative that no, companies should not be able to require that employees have these microchips embedded.

    SKILLS: This event provides FBLA members with an opportunity to develop and demonstrate skills in researching and presenting an emerging business issue.

    Event Specific Guidelines

    • Competitors must research the topic prior to conference and be prepared to present their findings and solutions.
    • Facts and data must be cited and secured from quality sources (peer review documents, legal documents, etc.).
    • The written synopsis on the affirmative and negative arguments cannot exceed 500 words each. Include a reference section (not counted in the 500-word limit). Refer to format guide for more information on citing resources.
    • Each page must be labeled with the participants' names, state, school, and event title at the upper left-hand corner.
    • Competitors are permitted to bring prepared notes of any type for the presentation.
    • Teams will have seven (7) minutes to present both sides.
    • No books, other bound materials, reference materials, visual aids, or electronic devices may be brought to or used during the performance.
    • Presentation of the entry must be conducted by competors who authored the event.
    • Final performances may be open to conference attendees, space permitting. Finalists' may not view other competitors' performances in their event.

    Submission: Synopsis must be submitted online as a PDF. See Competitive Events Overview for submission forms.

    Submission Deadline:  February 28 by 11:59 PST. Conference registration is required for work to be judged. Missing the deadline will forfeit competitor participation. Hint: Allow for plenty of time to upload your work.

    FINALISTS: The top ten (10) individuals or teams with the highest prejudged score will participate in the presentation portion of this event. The presentation should cover both sides of the argument.


    • Equipment Setup: N/A
    • Performance: 7 min 
    • Warning: 6 min
    • Time Up: 7 min 
    • Penalty Over Time: 5 pts 
    • Q & A: Judges will conduct a three (3) minute question-answer period.


     JUDGING: Judges will use the rating sheets (prejudged or presentation) to score competitors. The panel of judges evaluating prejudged materials may not necessarily be the same panel evaluating the presentations. All decisions of the judges are final.

    Rating Sheet (Prejudged)
    Rating Sheet (Presentation)

    GUIDELINES (It is highly recommended that competitors read all guidelines)
    Prejudged Project with Presentation
    General Presentation
    General (All Events)
    General Competitive Tips