The 9th Star Awards 2020: Technovation officially kicks off

On May 16 morning, at the University of Da Nang, the Organising Committee organised the kick-off ceremony of the 9th Star Awards 2020 – The National English Contest for Students. The contest is held on a national scale with the companionship of Wilmar CLV as the sponsor.

Star Awards 2020 was launched on May 16th morning at the University of Da Nang

Star Awards 2020 is a playground for students to practise English as well as social skills and broaden their knowledge in general fields. The theme of this year’s contest – Technovation (compound of Technology and Innovation) – is an opportunity for students to learn more about the technology trends, stimulate creativity, enhance soft skills and English communicating skills.

Star Awards 2020 has 3 rounds and takes place from May 25th to August 1st

The contest has 3 rounds:

Online Test Round (Starship): from May 25th – June 28th

• Cluster Final Round (Starlight): from June 29th – July 19th

• National Final Round (Star Union): projected to take place on August 1st at Da Nang University.

The contest information is widely spread amongst universities across the country. Apart from many tests about knowledge in Technology, the major change of this year contest is in the Cluster and National Final Round, where teams will present the technological ideas and their adaptabilities into real life. English is the compulsory language in all the rounds of the contest.

The 8th Star Awards National Final Round took place in Thai Nguyen

The total prizes value of this year contest is up to 400 million VND, along with many other presents from the sponsor – Wilmar CLV.

The contestants of the 8th Star Awards Final Round paid a visit to a Wilmar CLV’s factory in Ha Long

Register now to join in the contest at the Website: (Mock test and official test begin from May 25th)

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Kim Ánh (0935 930 790);

Mr. Phạm Hoài Nam (0934 947 729).

To learn more about the contest information, click here

To view the organising plan, click here

Some photos from the kick-off ceremony on May 16th at the University of Da Nang:

Photos: Youth of the University of Da Nang

Star Awards 2020 Prizes Structures

1. Online Test Round – Starship:

Weekly, the Top 10 contestants in each cluster with the highest scores and shortest times in multiple-choice tests will be rewarded with a gift bag from Wilmar CLV. Additionally, the Top 5 will also be awarded VND 300,000 each.

Besides, the Top 5 best essays on the topic of the benefits of rice-bran oil in each cluster will win a prize from the sponsor, which is equivalent to 1 year of using Simply Rice-bran Oil each.

2. Cluster Final Round – Starlight:

The prizes in each Cluster Final Round include:

01 first prize: VND 10,000,000 VND + gift bag from Wilmar CLV

01 second prize: VND 5,000,000 + gift bag from Wilmar CLV

01 third prize: VND 2,000,000 + gift bag from Wilmar CLV

07 consolation prizes: VND 1,000,000 + gift bag from Wilmar CLV

3. National Final Round – Star Union

01 first prize: VND 40,000,000 + trophy + flowers + gift bag from Wilmar CLV

01 second prize: VND 20,000,000 + flowers + gift bag from Wilmar CLV

01 third prize: VND15,000,000 VND + flowers + gift bag from Wilmar CLV

03 consolation prizes: VND 5,000,000+ flowers + gift bag from Wilmar CLV

01 prize for the cluster with the most voted introduction video by contestants: VND 4,000,000 + flowers + gift bag from Wilmar CLV

The contestants winning the first/second/third prize will have chances to get an internship at Wilmar CLV.

Total prizes value of the contest is up to 400.000.000 VND.

Star Awards 2020 Detailed Rules

1. Online Test Round – Starship: 

❖ Objectives:

To create an opportunity for the students to learn more about the current trends of technology, to stimulate creativity, and to enhance soft skills and communication skills in English.

❖ Format: Online tests on the website

The online test round – Starship is simultaneously taken place at 6 clusters nationwide with the format of online testing on computers or mobile devices. When signing up accounts on the website, contestants are required to provide their factual personal information for the Organization Committee to verify and contact if necessary. After finishing the registration, each contestant will be provided with one account to do the test. There are 3 parts in the online round:

● Part 1: Multiple choice test (60% of total score)

Each contestant has 3 attempts to do the test, of which the one with the best result will be used for assessment if the contestant is qualified to enter the next round. The contestant will access the Internet and do the online test with 30 questions in 30 minutes. Weekly, Top 10 contestants with the highest scores in each cluster will win weekly prizes.

● Part 2: Writing test (40% of total score)

The contestant picks one of the two below topics to do the writing test:

○ Topic 1: In the past few decades, the revolution of technology has significantly changed many aspects of our life (e.g. study, work, family activities, sales, marketing, etc.). Choose one aspect and use specific reasons and examples to support this statement.

○ Topic 2: Rice bran oil is well-known as “the world’s premium healthy oil” because of its huge benefits to human health and is considered to be the result of technological innovation in food industry. Share your opinions with specific reasons and examples about this statement.

The essay should be written in English at least 200 words and submitted directly on the website. Each contestant can submit the writing test only once during the contest.

● Part 3: Speaking test

From the total scores of multiple-choice and writing tests, the Cluster Panel of Judges will shortlist the contestants of highest scores to enter the Speaking test which examines English communication skills. After the Speaking test, the Panel of Judges will select the Top 30 contestants to the Cluster Final Round.

2. Cluster Final Round – Starlight:

❖ Objectives:

Each cluster must choose the Top 30 contestants for its final round, who are then divided into 10 groups of 3, of which only one team with the most outstanding idea shall be selected to the National Final Round.


Before the Cluster Final Round takes place, the Top 30 contestants will be randomly divided into 10 groups of 3. Each team will discuss and come up with an idea about technology and innovation (hereinafter referred to as “idea”) in studying, start-up, office working, sales, marketing, family activities or other life aspects. The Cluster Final Round consists of 3 following parts:

● Part 1: Introduction (20% of total score)

All teams introduce themselves in English within the time limit of 2 minutes. All formats are accepted. The evaluation criteria in this part are English presentation skills and creativity in the presentation.

● Part 2: Ideas presentation (50% of total score)

The teams present their ideas to the Panel of Judges within 10 minutes, including but not restricted to the following contents:

Brief introduction about the idea: context, situation or practical needs that initiate the idea.

Details of the idea: characteristics, format, target audience and the technology and innovation applied in the idea.

Application of the idea: clearly explain the innovation in the idea, the adaptability of the idea into real life to meet the practical needs and to solve the socio-economic problems. Highlight the strengths, weaknesses and potentials for the investment.

● Part 3: Defence against the Examiner Committee: (30% of total score)

After the presentation of each group, the Panel of Judges will raise questions. The team has to give their answer and persuade the Panel of Judges into the potentials and the practical needs of the idea. The Panel of Judges will evaluate the feasibility of the idea on the basis of the answers. The time limit for this part is 5 minutes.

English is the official language in the Cluster Final Round. The team with the highest score from all three parts will be the cluster’s representative to compete for the National Final Round taking place in Da Nang. The Panel of Judges will give advice to improve the team’s idea.

3. National Final Round – Star Union: 

The National Final Round will be held in Da Nang City and hosted by the Da Nang University. This round includes the following activities:

3.1. Online Activities

Each team in the National Final Round make a video lasting less than 6 minutes in English (with Vietnamese subtitles) that satisfies the following requirements:

Introduce the culture, gracefulness, friendliness and hospitality of the locals in their hometown.

Introduce the university that they are currently studying at.

Introduce the Star Awards and its objectives;

Introduce the personal reason for taking part in the contest;

Encourage other students to learn and practice English;

The video must contain the logo of the organizers, sponsor and contest.

The video should demonstrate the team’s creativity and originality in giving a presentation and delivering the contents. The images and content should be brief and clear with appropriate animation and graphic design.

All videos will be posted on the official fanpage of the contest. The video with the highest shares will win the awards of “The most favourite video”. The deadline for the video submission is 7 days before the day of the Nation Final Round.

3.2. Project Consultancy and Training Activities

Before the day of the National Final Round, the teams will get advice from the Panel of Judges to finalize their projects and attend training courses on presentation and debate in English as well as other skills such as creativity and start-up.

3.3. The National Final Round

❖ Objectives:

To provide the student with an opportunity to present their ideas and the application in reality in English before the audience. The National Final Round will be the contest among 6 teams with their best ideas about technology and innovation from 6 clusters.


Top 6 teams representing 6 clusters to join the National Final Round will go through these following parts:

● Part 1: Warming up (Technology)

The teams take turns to choose one of the warming-up question packs. Within 2 minutes, one member represents the team to answer a maximum of 10 questions in English, related to many life aspects: society, technology, start-up and so forth. For each correct answer, the team gets 20 points. For the incorrect answer, there’s no minus point.

The maximum score for this part is 200 points.

● Part 2: Acceleration (Innovation)

All teams together will answer 5 questions on the computer. The question formats are video about data, logical thinking and arrangement. The time for the teams to think and answer is 30 seconds. For the correct answer, the team with the shortest time gets 40 points, the second gets 30 and the others get 20 points. For the incorrect answer, there is no minus point.

These questions also provide data to find out the keyword in this round. For each question answered correctly, one piece of the picture, which is related to the keyword will be revealed. The teams can ring the bell to answer the keyword anytime. Within the 2 first questions, the right keyword brings 80 points, in the next 2 questions, the right keyword brings 60 points, and if solved in the rest questions, the keyword creates 40 points. If the team answers the keyword incorrectly, they will have to end the 2nd part.

The maximum score for this round is 200 points.

● Part 3: Finishing: Presentation and debate (Technovation)

This is the most important part. Each team takes turns to present their ideas on the stage and then have a debate with the Panel of Judges and the other teams.

Presenting the idea: Each team takes the stage to introduce their team, presents ideas in English within 10 minutes. In the presentation, each team has to meet the following requirements:

– Introduce the team, members and their idea

– Point out the characteristics and the features the idea

– Explain in details the idea’s application into real life or solve the practical problems

– Show the idea’s potentials when applied to the business.

– Show the specific requirements about the investment capital to bring the idea to the real market. Conduct the research, project the cost and revenue in 5 years if the idea is invested in (the team is encouraged to learn about the laws, regulations and preferential policies of the government, utilize the management tools in economy and finance, and do the market research for the projection).

The teams use PowerPoint in the greeting and idea presentation part and are encouraged to theatricalize their performance and design a creative PowerPoint with images, illustrations and Vietnamese subtitles to visualize their presentation for the audience.

Debate with the Panel of Judges:

After the presentation, the Panel of Judges plays the role of the investors to give the teams several challenging situations or problems to the team’s idea. The mission of each team is to solve the problems, answer the questions to defend their idea and to persuade the Panel of Judges about the potentials of and the practical demands for their idea. The time limit for this debate part (both questioning and answering) is 5 minutes.

Debate with the opponent teams:

Apart from the questions from the Panel of Judges, each team has to answer the questions raised by the opposing teams. The other teams take the chance to ask their questions by ringing the bell. To ensure time limits and fairness, each team can raise questions once only during the whole part. The time limit for this section is 2 minutes. The Panel of Judges will give bonus points for the good questions and persuasive answers.

The maximum score for this part is 600 points.

The official language in the National Final Round is English. From the total score of the three parts, the Panel of Judges will choose 1 first prize, 1 second prize, 1 third prize and 3 consolation prizes.

3.4. Experiencing the market tour

After the contest all teams will have practical experience with a market tour, paying a visit to the distribution channels of Wilmar CLV and raising the proposals to improve the product’s quality and boost up the activities in the distribution channel.

The team with the best proposal will receive a special present from Wilmar CLV. The result will be announced on the fanpage and website of the contest

3.5. Experiencing the local tourism

Apart from the market tour, the teams will pay a visit to many tourist attractions in Da Nang and innovative – technological places in Da Nang City.

The 8th Star Awards in review

The 8th Star Awards hosted by Thai Nguyen University attracted 40.000 candidates form all universities and colleges across the nation.

The competition once again claims itself as a prestigious and beneficial English contest for all students to improve their English skills in social communication and to apply their knowledge to real-life practice to have the highest efficiency.

After many challenging yet interesting rounds, the championship belonged to Mr. Le Phuoc Thanh Dat, a final-year student in Can Tho University.

The 8th Star Awards was host by Thai Nguyen University

Well-deserved prizes for all of their constant effort

The candidates in the Final Round of the 8th Start Awards visited the CALOFIC factory in Quang Ninh…

… and had a great experience in the World Heritage – Ha Long Bay.