The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an initiative of The University of Queensland which was introduced in 2008 and is now run annually (https://threeminutethesis.uq.edu.au). In 2010 the University of Queensland hosted the inaugural Australia and New Zealand 3MT competition. The Trans-Tasman competition is now an annual event which includes representatives from across Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and the South Pacific. In October 2013, the inaugural Universitas 21 (U21) international competition was held.
In 2011, UBC became one of the first universities in North America to host a 3MT competition. 3MT@UBC is now held annually (3mt.grad.ubc.ca). The competition continues to expand to universities across Canada.