Create Change Challenge

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The University of Queensland (UQ) is inviting top schools to express their interest in participating in the Create Change Challenge: Sustainable innovation for future cities by Friday 23 August 2019. 

What is the challenge? 

The Create Change Challenge is an inter-school competition to foster innovation and creativity in high school students. Teams of students in class XI and XII from 12 top schools will participate in interactive masterclasses delivered by leading UQ academics in the areas of science, business and engineering.

The teams will then use the knowledge gained from the masterclasses to problem solve a ‘challenge’ that is judged by a panel of experts. The students of the winning team will each receive an Apple MacBook and a trophy for their school.

The theme of this year’s Challenge is Sustainable innovation for future cities.

When is the challenge? 

Date: Friday 27 September
Time: from 8:30am to 2:30pm followed by lunch
Venue: Le Meridien, New Delhi
Address: Windsor Place, New Delhi 110001 India

What is the format of the competition? 

Every team will be presented with a challenge and given one hour to brainstorm innovative solutions and work on a presentation. Teams will have a maximum of eight minutes and four slides to present. Each student will present one slide. The presentations need to include the environmental, economic and social aspect of their ideas. 

How can your school get involved?

Interested schools are requested to nominate a team of four students in class XI and XII, along with a teacher to represent the school. The first 12 schools to register for the Challenge will be invited to participate. Each participating school is responsible for their own travel costs to the venue.

Competition rules

  • A school can only nominate a maximum of one team.
  • Each team should have four students and a teacher representing the school.
  • Students in the team who are nominated by the school should be in class XI or XII. Combination of students from both classes is allowed.
  • There will be a number of masterclasses delivered by UQ academics on the day. School groups can choose a topic to prepare and present their idea on the theme ‘Sustainable innovation for future cities’.
  • The presentation template will be shared on the day. It has to be a static presentation , no slide transitions, animations or 'movement' of any description are allowed
  • Each team will get eight minutes maximum to present their presentation.
  • Each presentation should have only four slides.
  • Each member of the team will be required to present one slide within two minutes.
  • Each school to carry only one laptop which will be used to prepare and deliver the presentation.
  • The teacher is allowed to help the group in preparing the presentation but not be permitted to speak during the presentation or be present on the stage.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted. No additional props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Sourcing information from the internet will not be permitted.
  • Presentations to be delivered in spoken words (e.g. no poems, raps or songs).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • Any presentation that doesn’t meet any of the above criteria will be disqualified immediately.

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