Flashpoint 2015 – Thank you.

The HKIDO-Flashpoint Summer Workshop 2015, organised in collaboration with the Hong Kong Inter-school Debating Organisation (HKIDO), has successfully concluded with more than 280 participants from 28 schools participating in the training part of the Workshop, and 18 teams competing in a two-day tournament on 29th & 30th August 2015.

The programme concluded with the Quarter-finals, Semi-finals, Grand Finals and Closing Ceremony held at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Thanks to all participants, teachers and tutors who attended the tournament and the workshop, as well as the judges and guests of the Closing Ceremony:

Mr Paul Shieh, Former Chairman of the Hong Kong Bar Association (2014);
Ms Mehvesh Mumtaz Ahmed, Chief Adjudicator of the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC), Director of WSDC Ltd.;
Mr Albert Ma, WUDC ESL Semi-finalist in 2008 and Former Captain of the HKUEDT;
Mr Holmes Chan, Captain of HKU EDT; Champion of Hong Kong Debate Open 2014; Quarterfinalist of UADC Bali 2015;
Mr Jeffrey Wong, Former Captain of HKU EDT; Champion of Hong Kong Debate Open; 11th Best Speaker at Asian BP Championships;
Ms Eunice Leung, Finalist at WIDPSC 2012; Reserve Member of Team HK WSDC 2013; Quarterfinalist at UADC Bali 2015; and
Mr Kwok Hung Cheng, Governing Council Member of HKSDPSC, Head Coach of DGS.

The biographies of the tutors this year can be found here. The photos of the tournament can be found at the events feature on the HKIDO website.

We sincerely hope that all of you will continue your endeavour in debating, and share our passion and love for it!


Recap of pre-workshop briefing

The pre-workshop briefing concluded with a fully-seated Lecture Theatre at Diocesan Boys’ School on 11 July 2015 (Sat), where the organisers explained the vision and aim of the Flashpoint programme to school teachers. Tutors also engaged in personal conversations with teachers to learn more about the individual needs of schools and adjust their teaching strategies accordingly. Many thanks to Mr KH Cheng, HKSDPSC representative, as well as all participants and teachers who attended the briefing! A brief recap of the points to note of the day:-

  1. Dates of workshops Session 1 (July session) workshops begin on 20 July, while Session 2 (August session) workshops begin on 17 Aug.
  2. Days of workshops Workshops are only held on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – Wednesdays are break days for students to take a break and tutors to evaluate for their teaching strategies.
  3. Tournament
    1. The workshop culminates into a tournament held on 29 & 30 Aug 2015 (Sat & Sun). Preliminary debate rounds will be held for the whole day on 29 Aug, while the public speaking contest, debate semi- and Grand Finals will be held on 30 Aug.
    2. Format used will be 3-vs-3 style with POIs (Points of Information). The format will be taught during the workshop.
    3. A review session will be held for Session 1 schools due to the long time elapsed between their workshop and the tournament. Tentatively, it will be held on 27 August (Thurs).

The PowerPoint slides can be found here.

Photos of the day can be found on the post at HKIDO’s website.:-

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More details regarding Summer Workshop 2015

HKIDO-Flashpoint announces the following information regarding tutor meetings and the workshop!

  • 21st and 27th June – Tutor Briefings and Trainings
  • 11 July – Pre-workshop Session (an opportunity for tutors and their tutor groups to gather to discuss the nuances and specific needs of each group of students)
  • 20th July – 31st July – Session One
  • 17th August – 28th August – Session Two
  • 29th, 30th August – Tournament

Times for Workshop: 10:00-14:00
**Note: each session will feature 8 days out of the 10 weekdays (spanning across two weeks), with the two days used for tutor review and discussion.

Flashpoint is only open this year to students who are: i) relatively inexperienced in most debating styles or ii) complete beginners with regards to debating. We reserve the right to prioritise schools that have less well-developed debate support programmes.

After the workshops, a two-day long tournament will follow, allowing participants to actively apply the skills they’ve learnt from the workshops, and also to learn from adjudicators’ feedback and meet fellow opponents from different schools and backgrounds.
Schools are encouraged to provide their own venues for their students. This is both legally and logistically more suitable for both tutors and students. Only under exceptional cases would students (applying as schools) be admitted without a venue. In such cases, external venues would be provided.

Students may also apply independently of their schools, as individuals.
The registration forms can be accessed as follows:
School: http://goo.gl/forms/TZfOlSSio2
Individual: http://goo.gl/forms/gqFhXyNbvR

HKIDO-Flashpoint Summer 2015: Registration open!

Dear all,

It is with great pleasure that I announce to you the opening of registration for the HKIDO-Flashpoint 2015 Summer Workshop.

This year’s Flashpoint workshop will be held in collaboration with the Hong Kong Interschool Debating Organization, a wholly student-led debating body, which aims to equip young debaters with the managerial skills necessary for their personal development by allowing them to host various debating events and tournaments.

The HKIDO Executive Committee, comprising of 9 senior secondary students, will oversee the logistical work of the Workshop and the tournament following immediately after. Within Flashpoint, the structure remains largely the same. This year’s tutors will be headed by two Principal Tutors (myself included), together with a sizeable team of the best tutors with extensive debating and coaching experience in town.

Registration can be done on both on a school and individual basis:

School registration: http://goo.gl/forms/TZfOlSSio2
Individual registration: http://goo.gl/forms/gqFhXyNbvR

The majority of information will be published through the HKIDO. For more details, please visit the event page on HKIDO’s website .

I sincerely look forward to seeing you at the workshop. Should you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at flashpointdebating@gmail.com .

Brian Lam
Principal Tutor (Curriculum & Coordination)

Summer Edition 2014 Registration Open

Flashpoint is back! After a year of hard work securing legal charity status through our affiliation with the Hong Kong Schools Debating and Public Speaking Council (HKSD&PSC), Flashpoint is proud to announce applications are open for our Summer Workshop 2014.

Register now at the following link! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1aMn5GZHEflI4rUhAGA-ouB17yLyJBNnDjgJkZ9BlNKw/viewform

Basic Information

As with last year, the workshop will be divided into 2 sessions. Each school may only join one session with a maximum of 30 students:

Session 1: 7 July – 18 July 2014 (All weekdays)
Session 2: 21 July – 1 August 2014 (All weekdays)

In each session, schools may choose between two time slots:

Time slot 1: 10:00-14:00
Time slot 2: 13:00-17:00

In both cases, lunch will not be provided and students are advised to either have meals before or after training.

Schools may also choose between two different venues:

1) Training at their own school;

2) Training at an external venue. We have external venues in the Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, at which students from different schools will be trained together in a session.

The workshop will culminate in a competitive tournament on 2nd August 2014 (venue to be confirmed), where students from both sessions will compete for the Flashpoint trophy. Last year, guests-of-honour included Mr Kenneth Chen Wei-on (Secretary General of the Legislative Council), the Hon. Mr Ronny Tong Ka-wah S.C. (Legislative Councillor and Barrister), Ms Mehvesh Mumtaz-Ahmed (Chief Adjudicator, World Schools Debating Championships), Mr. Thom Wetzer (Chairman, Dutch Schools Debating Council), amongst others.

Training Content

Our training will be divided into two major sections: 1) Public Speaking and 2) Debating.

Public speaking training, taking place in the first week of the session, will focus on building basic English conversational skills, including vocabulary, intonation, stylistic delivery, structure and so on.

Debating training, taking place in the second week of the session, will focus on content generation by analysing diverse social issues with our content guides (available through the ‘learning resources’ page, and distributed to students in every class); and competitive debating through practice impromptu debates.

The training content is tailored to each school’s needs and highly flexible – if you have any specific requests, please let us know and our tutors would be more than willing to help!

Please feel free to contact us with any enquiries at flashpoint.debating@gmail.com. We look forward to welcoming yet another cohort of outstanding, talented students from all backgrounds!