About the challenge

About the challenge

The Technology Infusion Grand Challenge – High School Edition invites you to use new technologies to solve today's pressing problems.

This competition is a collaboration of La Trobe’s Centre of Technology Infusion, La Trobe Accelerator Program, School Engineering and Mathematical Sciences and La Trobe Business School in Melbourne who will guide you throughout the challenge.

Challenge theme: Smart City Innovation

No region in the world is urbanizing faster than Asia, and Asian cities have their own unique challenges which are different from European cities.

With urban growth also come challenges of economic growth, sustainability, efficiency, and liveability. This year we are inviting you to use innovative ideas to help solve your own city's challenges representing any of the 5 themes:

  1. Infrastructure and Technology (Eg: Smart buildings, Smart streetlights, Smart security)
  2. Mobility and transport (Eg: Smart parking, reducing carbon emissions, Smart traffic lights)
  3. Health and well-being (Eg: COVID19 related technology, Robotic technology, remote patient monitoring)
  4. Cultural heritage (Eg: 3D scanning of historical places/temples etc, VR tours, preservation of historical monuments)
  5. Energy, waste and water (Eg: smart waste management, water conservation, utilization of solar power)

How does the competition work?

The competition is open to High School Students between the ages 16 and 19 years with an interest in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Business studies and Arts from Vietnam, India and Sri Lanka.

Part One

Form a team of three to five students and register via the registration page – registrations open from 15 August 2021 to 31 October 2021. A letter of support signed by the High School Principal or their Delegate is required at this stage.

If your application is accepted, during the semester you will work to validate and refine your concept and submit a short report. Online material will be available and workshops organized by the La Trobe Accelerator Program and the Centre for Technology Infusion to help guide you, including market validation, intellectual property, business strategy, entrepreneurial selling and pitching.

Part Two

The second part of the challenge focuses on refining your concept and fleshing out its business case.

Towards the end of the competition, your team is required to upload a video presenting the smart solution to solve the identified problem in your city.

At the end of the challenge (planned for May 2022), teams will present their innovative smart solution via a virtual event hosted by La Trobe University and winners will be announced.

Prize

There will be a winner announced from Vietnam representing South East Asia and from either India or Sri Lanka representing South Asia.

Each member of the two winning teams will receive an iPad.

All participants who successfully complete the challenge will also get a completion certificate highlighting their achievement and any notable feedback from TIGC's international judging panel.

Find out how to apply