Student innovation challenge to tackle global problems

Wednesday 14 September 2016

Budding programmers, law students and creative artists will come together this weekend to tackle global problems at the inaugural ANU Innovation Challenge.

Over a 24 hour period, 80 ANU students, 30 high school students and 12 ANU academics will form teams, working together to find solutions to problems within the humanitarian, health and data analysis fields.

The event is a joint initiative of the Computer Science Students Association, Engineering Students Association, ANU Fifty50, ANU Solar Car Association, Science Society, Cross-Disciplinary Students Association, Engineers Without Borders ACT and Robogals.

President of the ANU Engineering Students Association, Emily Campbell, says the sold-out event aims to unite students from a variety of disciplines.

This event addresses a huge gap in ANU life, as there are few opportunities for students to engage in cross-disciplinary project work outside the classroom. It is also a fabulous way to engage year 11 and 12 students, and show them what ANU and its student societies are all about.” 

At the closing of the event, each team will present their solutions via a two minute pitch to a judging panel. Each team will be judged on the originality of their idea, appropriateness of the solution, the practicality of their plan and their presentation.

Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. 

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