QUT Hosts First Intergenerational Challenge, Harnessing Diversity for Problem-Solving

This week QUT hosted InCahoots: Australia’s first intergenerational innovation challenge, harnessing cross-generational thinking to solve significant real world challenges.

The pilot event, co-created by QUT foundry & QUT IFE, catalysed cross-generational (and cross-sector) collaboration.

Participants let their passion for solving a particular problem, rather than their age or qualifications, guide their teaming.

After several hours, all nine teams showed their capacity to be creative and develop and pitch business opportunities for profit and positive impact.

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Seeing Business Opportunities in the Changing Environment

The Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, the leading hub for entrepreneurship, innovation and small business research in Australia, along with QUT foundry, an innovation and startup hub at QUT, invite you to the free breakfast seminar:

“How to Understand Different Changes in the Business Environment & Their Potential to Trigger, Shape & Enhance Business Opportunities”.

Hear from experts in technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, design, hardware, robotics and health. Please register now to secure your place.

Event details:
Friday 1 June, 7am Breakfast, 7:30am Talks.
QUT Gardens Point Campus, Gibson Room, Level 10 Z Block.
FREE
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Win a place at Virgin StartUp StepUp in London

Are you a QUT Business School alumnus? Do you want to work with the Virgin empire?

QUT Business School has proudly partnered with QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) and Virgin StartUp to offer one talented QUT Business School alumnus a place in Virgin Startup’s ‘StepUp’ mini accelerator in London.

Don’t miss your chance to learn all the ins and outs of sales, how to scale up your market value, meet prospective mentors and potential investors and discover insights from the best on generating a heavyweight business case.

We have one sponsored place available to attend Virgin StartUp StepUp from 26 – 28 August 2018 in London.

Apply by June 8 2018.

This opportunity is exclusive to QUT Business School students and alumni.

Koficon – where people and ideas connect

KofiCon brings together QUT higher degree students, doctoral graduates and researchers from all disciplines. It’s an opportunity to share ideas, connect and collaborate in a relaxed setting.

Free, and all welcome.

 

Event details:
May 10, 10am on “The Terrace”, Level 5, R Block (Library)
QUT Kelvin Grove Campus.
Register.

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“Make it For the Real World” – enter the QUT foundry Challenge

 

QUT foundry “Make it For the Real World” Challenge | Apply by May 10 (12PM)

Submit the Best Idea, Problem to be Solved, or Proposed Solution, to be Made and
you could win free tickets to Australia’s 1st Hardware Startup Weekend, May 11-13.

Got a great idea, problem to solve, or proposed solution, which needs to be made for the real world (e.g., as a physical prototype or minimum viable product (MVP)) using maker space resources? Or would you if you had (free) access to a maker space with tools, equipment (e.g., 3D printers, laser cutters), materials & mentors to make it?

QUT foundry wants to see great ideas & important problems solved, including by helping inventors and problem solvers to create a physical prototype or minimum viable product for the real world.  That’s why we’re offering free tickets to Australia’s First Hardware Startup Weekend, in Brisbane May 11-13, for the best ideas/problems submitted to us by May 10.

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The Cube Artist in Residence Program – call for EOIs

Are you a professional working in visual art, interactive design, science communication, digital storytelling, software engineering, data visualisation or games design?

Do you want to push the boundaries of your practice and develop an innovative project on one of the world’s largest interactive display spaces?

If answered ‘yes’ to the above – it is time to start your application for The Cube’s 2018 Artist in Residence program!

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QUT bluebox Robotics Accelerator Information Session

Find out about the what the 2018 QUT bluebox Robotics Accelerator offers, what opportunities are available, and what software you can use.

Open to all Queensland residents, the QUT bluebox Robotics accelerator is a 3 month intensive startup development program designed to assist new robotics ventures in accelerating their entry into the marketplace.

 

 

THE ACCELERATOR WILL GIVE YOU ACCESS TO:

  • world class robotics experts and connections
  • highly experienced industry mentors
  • cutting edge entrepreneurship education
  • $15,000 in funding Winning teams will receive opportunity to fly to Japan/U.S

Event details:
Tuesday 1 May, 5:30pm-6:30pm
QUT Gardens Point Campus
RSVP

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How to Think Strategically and Be Agile in a Fast Changing World

The workshop is centred around helping you, whether a startup founder, business manager, or otherwise, to think strategically and act with agility in an environment characterised by unprecedented technological and social change.

Led by a strategist in the technology space, Jordan Duffy (a young entrepreneur and partner of Buckham and Duffy), this workshop draws on: design thinking principles; agile methodology; evolution; and strategic management. 

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AMP’s Tomorrow Fund

Opens 5 April

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund is once again offering $1 million in grants to amazing Australians doing great things – including researchers, educators and innovators.

Now in its fifth year, this program is open to individuals of all ages, walks of life and abilities. Among the 45 Australians who shared in $1 million in AMP Tomorrow Fund grants last year were a marine biologist, a systems engineer, a neuropsychologist, a radiation oncologist, a built environment consultant and several medical researchers.

AMP is now seeking more Australians who are working hard on a project or passion but just need a boost to take it to the next level.

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Dreams, Ideas, Passion, Problems to Solve…

Got Dreams, Ideas, Passion, Problems to Solve, IP, or Tech? @QUTfoundry we help inspire, enable & connect current & future innovators, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs & social change agents. We love to see startup teams form & develop value to build, scale, & grow business ventures & social enterprises.  We’re here for you QUT community, including students, researchers, staff & alumni!

QUT foundry’s I.D.E.A.S. program | Ideas | Development | Execution | Activation | is designed to help inspire, shape, & translate ideas from products of the mind into solutions, innovations & new startups; plus more from our friends at QUT bluebox, QUT CEA, visiting startups and QUT clubs.

Here are some must-attend events coming up from next week! 

Exploring Ideas & Multiple Paths to Entrepreneurial Success (QUT foundry I.D.E.A.S Series)
Tuesday 13 March, 1-2PM

Entrepreneurs Unboxed
Wednesday 14 March, 5:30-7:30PM  

How to Ideate in the Digital Age – Tools for Trend Scouting & Ideation (QUT foundry)
Tuesday, 20 March