Instead our week kicked off in Beijing where, alongside the QUT Business School’s Assistant Dean (International), Andrew Paltridge, we workshopped with international high school students at the Beijing City International School (BCIS), introducing them to the world of case competitions ahead of our own upcoming competition at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).
Last week, myself and fellow business students Kate Dangerfield, Jessica Castles, Lara Setefano, along with Professor Rebekah Russell-Bennett and Megan Godwin won big time at the Australian National University in Canberra – a social marketing team beat behavioural economists at their own game and achieved first place at the Nudgeathon, a behavioural change competition in which students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, develop solutions to real-life social issues.
At the Southbank parklands, hundreds of people held scores of lanterns, illuminating the night sky at MDA’s Luminous Lantern Parade last Friday night – and Enactus QUT was among them.
At its 11th annual parade, Enactus QUT was invited to walk among leading organisations at the Luminous Lantern Parade to highlight the strength of Queensland’s cultural diversity, heritage, people, places, and history, while giving all Queenslanders the opportunity to say ‘welcome’ to our newest Australians.
On May 10, Enactus QUT achieved an enormous milestone which was QUTChangemakers, QUT’s first social entrepreneurship competition by Enactus QUT.
As President of Enactus QUT, I sought to seek a new way in which Enactus QUT functioned – taking student engagement and retainment to a new level and to create a social-entrepreneurially-minded community within QUT. And last night we accomplished just that.
At the beginning of semester, we challenged students to be a QUTChangemaker through our program and competition by creating sustainable social enterprises that addressed issues we face within our own community. Unlike a regular startup weekend, this competition went for 10 weeks and sought to create direct impact by seeing ideas mature and become a reality.
On the 8th of February, Patrick Gorenac, Alicia Beggs, John Beckinsale, and I began the long journey to Gainesville, Florida. With much excitement, and many practice cases under our belts, we boarded the 11am flight headed to LA, en route to the Heavener International Case Competition (HICC). The competition itself, run by the University of Florida, brings together exceptional students from 20 business schools around the globe, aiming to expose them to the strategic challenges and decisions encountered by global business leaders.
On the 10th of October, Taste of Brisbane launched its first food tour of the semester at the delicious Afghani restaurant, Chopan Charcoal, located in Milton. Here, accompanied by 30+ guests, we were immersed in the owner’s culture and heritage while marvelling at the delicious morsels of food that continually filled our plates. At the price of $26 per person, the event proved to be great value for money as guests quickly became full with the steady flow of food making its way to our tables.
From the 18th till the 20th of March, the Glasshouse at Kelvin Grove hosted Australia’s first creative tech start-up weekend. As participants pitched their initial ideas on Friday, excitement was high in anticipation of the voting and team formations to take place later that evening.
I voted and became apart of the team for Shario – a platform for musicians to share, sell and trade musical equipment, providing a solution for musicians to gain access to otherwise extremely expensive equipment.
On the 17th of September, I was one of the lucky few students who was selected to attend the Creative3 Forum. This forum hosted a diverse selection of successful entrepreneurs, attracting many hopeful start-ups to the event, each emphasising the need to takes risks and experiment regarding creative enterprises. Not only did this forum provide great networking opportunities, but also provided the ability to gain insight into the various industries represented by the speakers and the visitors that Creative3 attracted.