University of Newcastle (Australia) students, staff, and alumni are invited to submit their spark of an idea for how mosquitoes might be controlled. Ideas must be expressed in fewer than 500 words or within a 1-minute video.
Judged by an expert panel, the top 10 most innovative and creative ideas that are grounded in knowledge of current constraints in controlling mosquitoes will each win a $500 School Locker voucher. There is no limit to the number of entries or prizes per person.
Idea Spark is a pre-Grand Challenge competition and has the aim of generating creative and innovative ideas that address the challenge of controlling mosquitoes. Who knows, your Idea Spark submission may be the seed for a great proposal into the Grand Challenge!
All you need to do is submit your spark of an idea for controlling mosquitoes in fewer than 500 words or in a video less than 1-minute in length before 24 August 2020.
About The Grand Challenge
The Grand Challenge will bring together multidisciplinary minds from across our community to explore solutions around one of the more perplexing problems of our time.
A combined $50,000 in funding is available to teams who submit the most innovative proposals addressing the challenge of controlling mosquitoes. Participants will be supported with a range of events and workshops to help ensure their proposal has the best chance of securing funding.
The Grand Challenge is a great way to meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work while having real-world impact. Great ideas come from everywhere, so no matter your background or experience you’ve got everything to gain by participating. For more information on the Grand Challenge to go www.newcastle.edu.au/grand-challenge or watch the recording of the information session.
STAGE 1 IDEA SPARK COMPETITION
Mon 10 Aug - Idea Spark Competition submissions open
Mon 10 Aug - Design Thinking Workshop
5PM, Mon 24 Aug - Idea Spark submissions close
Wed 26 Aug - Idea Spark winners announced
STAGE 2 SKILL DEVELOPMENT
Mon 31 Aug - Build an All-star Team Workshop
Wed 2 Sep - Ask Me Anything webinar with Nothing but Nets
Mon 7 Sep - Create Real-World Value Workshop
Wed 9 Sep - Ask Me Anything webinar with 2019 Winners
Mon 14 Sep - Create Sustainable Impact Workshop
STAGE 3 GRAND CHALLENGE
Mon 21 Sep - Grand Challenge applications open
Mon 19 Oct - How to Pitch an Idea Workshop
Sun 25 Oct - Grand Challenge applications close
Tue 27 Oct - Grant recipients announced
Thu 29 Oct - Pitch Competition for grant recipients to win extra funding
STAGE 4 PROTOTYPING AND TESTING
- Participants must be a University of Newcastle (Australia) student, staff or alumni (verified by the submission of your student or staff number at registration)
- All submissions must be made via Devpost by 5:00 PM (AEST) Monday 24 August 2020.
- Submissions must be expressed in fewer than 500 words or within a 1-minute video
All participants must be registered with Devpost and submit their ideas to the University of Newcastle Idea Spark Devpost page by 5:00 PM (AEST), Monday 24 August 2020. Each submission must include the following:
- Idea name
- Participant's full name
- Idea expressed in your choice of:
- Fewer than 500 words (text only); or
- A link from YouTube to a video up to 1-minute in length
You may wish to add a graphic that best captures your concept i.e. a logo or image, but this is not compulsory.
$5,000 in prizes
School Locker Voucher (10)
Voucher to be spent at any School Locker store or web store.
Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:
Senior Manager, I2N Operations and Innovation
Clarity of Problem
Ability to describe well the part of the problem the participant is looking to solve.
Vision / Solution
Exciting, innovative and unique aspects of the proposal.
End-user / Customer
Demonstrated understanding of the end-user and/or paying customer and the benefits of the proposed solution for them.
Submission is grounded in knowledge of current constraints in controlling mosquitoes.
Submission is socially and environmentally responsible.