The Young Innovator Of The Year award will go to a student who has demonstrated the ability to push the boundaries as they have developed an out-of-the-box solution to a challenge presented to them.
A young innovator is someone who is always thinking big and trying to find new ways of doing things. Innovators love to challenge the status quo and think outside of the box as they work to create exciting and impactful solutions to problems presented to them.
For our Young Innovator Of The Year Award, we're looking for young people that love to dream up new ideas before then finding ways to make them happen. Young innovators can often be found building their skills at hackathons and workshops, working with friends and teachers to improve things around their school and local community, or working with organisations big and small to develop innovative ideas for them.
Whether you're a serial inventor that loves to create, an expert hacker that is always tinkering, or a creative dreamer that is always reimaging a better world, this is the category for you!
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As part of the Young Innovator Award Category, all nominees will be asked to provide answers to the following questions in 800 characters or less per question:
What is your innovative solution, and how does it work?
What problem or challenge did you identify that led to your innovative solution, and what inspired you to address it?
Can you explain how your solution has or will impact your community, industry partner, or intended user?
What have been some of the biggest obstacles you have faced in developing your innovative solution, and how have you overcome them
How have you collaborated with others, whether within your team or outside of it, to develop and implement your innovative solution?
Is there anything else you wish to share?
To be able to nominate for the Young Innovator Of The Year award category, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Must live in Australia
Must be a student in year 4 to year 12
Must have the approval of a parent or guardian to nominate
Our National 2023 Finalists Are Now Live!
As part of the Young Innovator Award Category, all nominations will be judged on the following criteria with each criteria weighted equally:
How has this young person worked to develop their innovation skills? Has this young person worked to refine their skills and access opportunities for personal growth?
Application & Implementation
How has this young person worked to apply their innovation skills? Have they been able to bring their ideas to life and what impact did those innovations make?
Passion & Drive
Has this young person demonstrated a passion for their work and projects? How has this young person shown perseverance, determination and resilience along their journey?
Has this young person demonstrated a desire to continue developing and implementing their innovation skills? Where do they hope to go next and do they have a clear path to get there?
If this award category sounds like you, we would absolutely love to see your nomination! Nominations are open to all students in Australia from Year 4 - 12.
If you're not sure whether or not this is the category for you, nominate anyway as you never know, you could be Australia's next Young Innovator Of The Year!
Nominations are now closed, but follow the button below to meet the finalists.
The Young Innovator Of The Year Award is just one of the six awards up for grabs as part of the 2023 Next Gen Awards.
To see what other categories are open for nomination, click the button below:
Powered By Federation University:
The Young Innovator Of The Year Award for 2023 has been made possible thanks to the support of Federation University Australia, Brisbane City Campus.
Federation University Australia, Brisbane City Campus is proud to sponsor the Young Innovator Of The Year Award. This award embodies the values of the University where we aim to transform lives and enhance communities.
As a leading Australian University we provide innovative and integrated learning, job skills and impactful research that enable people and communities to prosper locally, regionally and globally.
Innovation is at the forefront of what we do in Higher Education and we’re excited to work with the next generation of Innovators, Leaders and Entrepreneurs.