Participate in the Knowledge Matters Digital Presentation Skills Challenge

Dec 4, 2023

Submissions due by January 31, 2024

The DECA/Knowledge Matters Digital Presentation Skills Challenge will test your skills at creating and delivering a digital presentation.

For the first round of digital presentations, students create a 1-2 minute digital presentation utilizing a Virtual Business simulation. The topic is solely up to the student. They can talk about the strategies they use in the simulation, or they can discuss real-world business stories and illustrate the stories with sim exercises. Or, they can talk about their own lives, their knowledge of business and financial literacy, and again utilize a Virtual Business simulation to relate to and illustrate their topic.

The videos/digital presentations will be submitted to Knowledge Matters (starting January 2nd) as a video link. It can be a private/unlisted YouTube video link or a link to a video on Dropbox or Vimeo, etc. The top 8 finalists (chosen by Knowledge Matters) will present a live 5-10 minute digital presentation via Google Meet. This 5-10 minute finalist digital presentation will be driven by the students. They can share their screens, talk and expand on their original presentation and participate in a Q&A with judges.

The challenge is free and open to any high school student member of a DECA whose chapter has at least one active license to a Virtual Business simulation.


The top three individuals will be recognized on DECA Direct Online, recognized on stage during DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, CA, and receive cash prizes up to $2,500.

Challenge Timeline:

  • Challenge Submission Begins: January 2, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. ET
  • Challenge Submission Ends: January 31, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Live Presentations: February/March 2024
  • Top 3 Teams Travel to ICDC: April 27-30, 2024*

*Eligibility to attend DECA’s ICDC is determined by the chartered association advisor based on their rules and regulations. Finalists should consult with their chartered association advisor for eligibility guidelines and also gain approval from their chapter advisor to attend the conference.


Knowledge Matters

Knowledge Matters is the leading provider of cloud-based, educational simulations for business (food service, hospitality, retailing, sports management and manufacturing) and personal finance. The company’s Virtual Business line of simulations has been used in over one-third of all the high schools in the United States.

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Classroom Connection

Career CLuster:

Business Management and Administration

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Performance Indicators:

Demonstrate basic presentation applications
Prepare materials for presentations