Victorian Global Innovation Challenge

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When Dr William Ritter and Publisher E.W. Scripps modernised science education in the United States after World War I, they recognised that science competitions in schools would incentivise a generation to contribute to building society and the economy. Nearly 100 years later, the Centre of Applied Innovation at Melbourne Polytechnic has transformed the concept of the Society for Science and its scholastic “Science Fairs” into The Victorian Global Innovation Challenge program. The Global Innovation Challenge and Global Innovation Commons are licensed from M·CAM Global Holdings LLC and are made available with the generous support of Dr. David E. Martin.

 

In the Global Innovation Challenge, students and their mentors and instructors are given unprecedented access to over $2 trillion of global innovation and engineering disclosures from governments and industries around the world to apply to student-defined challenges. Linking their classroom learning to the world that impacts them, the Global Innovation Challenge program takes students through a journey including:

 Deep awareness of materials, energy, and their application;  Examination of contexts in which innovation can emerge and be deployed;

 Access to global industry and research experts to assist in design and implementation;

 Linkage to financial and technological resources that enable the scaling of ideas;

 Just-in-time synthesis of tools and materials to prototype and fabricate technology; and,

 Develop an identity around collaborative solution-oriented thinking and acting.

This is the focused repository of patents that has been tailor-made by M·CAM analysts for each group participating in the Challenge this year, based on their chosen topics.

 

Students from six schools around Melbourne’s North began the challenge in June. In total, there are 187 students in 32 groups participating in the Challenge. Having worked on their projects for almost four months with mentorship from the Centre of Applied Innovation staff as well as visiting Innovation Engineers from M·CAM, the students’ projects are well formed and we are approaching the conclusion of the Challenge for 2017. Students have been working on some exciting projects so far – some project examples are an air purification device, a counter-terrorism smartphone app, biodegradable plastic substitutes, anti-bullying initiatives. These are the kinds of projects that will be on showcase at the end of the year!