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Inaugural Innovation Challenge Hosted by St John’s

31.10.2016

This week St John’s ran the first ever Innovation Challenge, featuring students from years four to 10.  The Challenge consisted of three stages, the first of which the students completed under the mentorship of Mr Brownlow, Mrs Hawken, Mr King or Mr Ikonomakis.  The final two stages both occurred yesterday (Wednesday 26 October 2016).  The first stage involved the students deciding on an innovative idea and developing a pitch.  It could be a new invention, an improvement to something that already exists or a clever idea that helps make the world around us a better place.

In the second stage of the Challenge, each group was given the opportunity to present their innovations in-person to a panel of expert mentors and judges. Teams were evaluated on the innovation of their idea and the viability of their products/services. We were fortunate to have The Hon. Leeanne Enoch, Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business attend this stage of the event and address the students. If you would like to hear what the Hon. Leeanne Enoch MP had to say about the event, please click here.

Following this stage, finalists in each category (Primary or Secondary) finalist were announced and then went on to the final stage of the Challenge which occurred in the evening. It was wonderful to be able to share the event with parents, friends, members of the College community and invited guests.

This final stage of the Challenge saw the groups chosen as finalists present their idea to the judging panel and audience in a 5-minute presentation on stage at the evening final.  Congratulations to all students who prepared an entry to the Innovation Challenge.  The quality of the ideas presented was fantastic and all students benefited from the feedback provided by our wonderful mentors.  Our mentors included Mr Bernie Woodcroft from ilab accelerator; Ms Sharon Hunneybell from Startup Apprentice; Mr Chris Farrelly: STEM Teacher in Residence at QUT; Mr John Stringer: Business Performance Mentor; and Mr Aaron Birkby, entrepreneur in residence at River City Labs who was also the Master of Ceremony for the evening finals.

The evening concluded with the announcement of the winning teams.

Emerging Innovators Award went to Team Cilidian with team members from Year Four: Tahlia Fisher and Amber Trieu.

The Best Pitch/Presentation on the evening went to Team Swim Safe with team members from Year 10: Tammy Bui, Thomas Cameron, Bailey Chadbone, Joanne Tran and Cassidy Wilson.

The Best Product or Innovation Award went to Team New Echo with team members from Year Nine: Ellie Clayton and Cassandra Dam.

We look forward to seeing how the students’ progress with their innovations in the future. Thank you to all who were involved in this wonderful event.



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