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Tech Duels Debate Tournament

April: New York State Debate Championships (Middle School & High School) Qualifying Rounds

May 9th: New York State Debate Championships Final Round Tech Duels


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Tournament Topic

Public Forum Debate.  Resolved: That, on balance, social networking Web sites have had a positive impact on the United States." 
Parliamentary Debate. This House believes social media does more harm than good. 

Tournament Judges


Ryan Provost, Technology Director, IBM
Leigh Scherrer, Software Engineer at Conde Nast, Member of Girl Development
Netta Jenkins - Director of Diversity & Inclusion, IAC Applications
Sloane Barbour, VP Sales Hired.com & Member of Board of Directors for Code/Interactive 
Meghan Maloy, Data Analyst at Datadog

Debate Night Schedule


4:00pm-4:30pm - Student Arrival
4:45pm - Parliamentary Debate Prep
5:00pm - Tech Duels Arrival, Reception, Networking
5:15pm - Middle School Parliamentary Debate Finals
5:15pm - Middle School Public Forum Debate Finals
5:15pm - High School Novice Public Forum Debate Finals
6:00pm - High School Varsity Public Forum Debate
7:00pm - Awards
7:30pm - Departure

Registration Link: Click here!

About the Tournament

The NYCUDL and Tech Duels team up to present the first NYCUDL/Tech Duels Tournament on technology education. 

  • Grade Level: 5th - 12th Grade. Students who reach the final rounds of the NY State Debate Championships Tournament.
  • All Teams reaching the Final Rounds of the New York State Debate Championships are invited to a third day on a weekday evening for the Final Rounds!  This includes the top two teams in Middle School Parliamentary Debate, Middle School Public Forum Debate, High School Public Forum Debate, and High School Policy Debate. This will be a public invitational tournament sponsored by Tech Duels! 
  • And other special opportunities! 

 About Tech Duels

We are honored to partner with Tech Duels to bring technology education opportunities for youth. Click here to learn more about Tech Duels and see below. 


Mission of Tech Duels

To enhance an engineer’s personal brand by enabling them to become more effective communicators.

About Tech Duels

Technology moves fast! If you’re a developer, engineer, architect or technical leader, you’re constantly confronting a number of decisions and choices. Or, maybe you’re just really passionate about a particular technology. What do you do? At Tech Duels, we’ll put this to debate. Skilled and opinionated developers will debate on technical topics in a variety of formats from individuals facing one on one, to teams battling it out. All this, while competing for prizes and recognition as the winning debaters.


Most tech events primarily focus on education (e.g., workshops) or awareness (e.g., tech talks). At Tech Duels, the focus is on competition and fostering debates or discussion around key decision-making processes that inuence selection of technologies for specic needs. Tech Duels will be a series of such debates, each focusing on key issues for developers, entrepreneurs and technology adopters.

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