Everything your team submits as part of the illuminate:nextgen Challenge is marked against the same set of seven (7) criteria, which has been developed alongside the core skills that the challenge is based upon. Depending on the task, the criteria has different weightings depending on the importance of that particular skill or knowledge for that task, so check the task outlines closely to see what the judges are looking for – and for major tasks, you can download judging rubrics to see what judges are expecting. The criteria are:
Due: Group 1 – Tuesday at 1:00 pm | Group 2 – Tuesday at 10:35 am
Purpose: Clearly identify a problem that relates to the Core Challenge that your team will look to solve.
Template: Editable PDF (from virtual Team Binder)
Presentation: Problem Framing
Outline: To help your team move through the Innovation Process, it is critical to be able to identify and explain the problem that your team sees in an easy-to-understand manner. Each team is required to complete a Problem Frame using the following template;
Requirements: Teams need to post their draft Problem Frame into their team channel, where facilitators will meet with them, ask questions and post feedback. Once teams have refined and had their Problem Frame approved, teams need to submit their final Problem Frames to the resources website.
Purpose: To choose a solution to the Problem Frame that is focused on the impact that will become the team’s solution for the rest of the challenge.
Template: Editable PDF Canvas
Outline: While we often can come up with a lot of creative ideas, it can be difficult to narrow down the choices to choose the idea that will be taken forward into the rest of the challenge. To support this, teams are to complete the Solution Canvas, which will help go through an ideation (creative thinking) process and evaluate the ideas based on their difficulty and impact, in preparation for choosing the idea for the rest of the challenge.
Requirements: Teams can complete the double-sided Solution Canvas (editable PDF version available to download on the Student Resources Page), save the edited the PDF with your thoughts, and upload them individually through the Student Resources page.
Due: Group 1 – Tuesday at 02:00 pm | Group 2 – Wednesday at 09:25 am
Purpose: Provide a way of brainstorming elements of the business solution that need to be developed and decided upon.
Template: Editable PDF | Judging Rubric
Outline: As the solution evolves, it is important to also start putting detail into the idea to understand how it could function and what else is needed to make it work. Teams will complete the Planning Canvas to document their thoughts in these areas, understanding the canvas can be added to throughout the program. Teams will also find that by putting more thought into this task will help with the development of the Infographic and Elevator Pitch, and this Planning Canvas is what you will get feedback on during the next step of the challenge.
Requirements: Teams are to complete the Planning Canvas (available as an editable PDF on the Student Resources Page) and take a photo or save the edited PDF, and upload it through the Student Resources page.
Due: Group 1 – Tuesday at 02:15 pm | Group 2 – Wednesday at 09:40 am
Purpose: Teams share their ideas, reflect on the ideas of others for feedback.
Templates: Feedback Form
Outline: Sharing ideas and listening to other ideas is a really important part of the ideation process. Feedback is essential to helping teams improve and reflect on their ideas. During this session, teams will share a draft of their Planning Canvas with other teams, while reading the draft Planning Canvas of other teams and providing them with feedback.
Requirements: Teams will be provided with a copy of another team’s Planning Canvas for feedback. Each team is then to read through the Planning Canvas(s) of the other team, complete the feedback form and submit their completed form to the Resources Website.
Deadline: Group 1 – Tuesday at 03:10 pm | Group 2 – Thursday at 02:30 pm
Purpose: Teams outline their solution clearly for others for investment.
Template: Project Outline
Outline: As teams develop their solutions, they need to outline their solution including the name, strategy, partners, and funding elements of their idea. This is an important step as it is the written outline of the idea that you would share with others to get them on board with your idea, but it is not a long document so focus your words to make an impactful project outline.
Requirements: Teams complete the Project Outline template explaining their solution and submit their completed outline to the Resources Website.
Due: Group 1 – Tuesday at 03:10 pm | Group 2 – Thursday at 02:30 pm
Purpose: Graphically present the business idea in a creative and dynamic manner.
Presentation: Public Speaking
While you can write a business plan and present a pitch, sometimes it can be a bit confusing for people to fully understand unless you sketch out how your business works creatively.
Teams are required to graphically present their business idea, making sure you outline:
Further detail will be provided during the Public Speaking presentation.
Requirements: You need to represent your business idea graphically in a one page Word document or single PowerPoint slide and submit the completed page to the Resources website.
Outline: Even after all of the hard work in your written documents, it is important to be able to present your idea to stakeholders verbally. Teams are required to present an Elevator pitch presentation within sixty (60) seconds, using the provided template. Teams should focus on sharing the work they have done and clearly present a resolved idea.
Requirements: Teams record a 60 second pitch following the Task Outline template and submit the MP3 file to the Resources Website.
If your team is having an issue, work through these three things;
Organisation & Time Management are Critical
Use the Resources Provided
This is the problem or central issue that each team’s solution has to address. Please read the Core Challenge carefully, as your business needs to meet this to be able to win major awards throughout the week.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has seen our world change dramatically and has been ‘make or break’ for many, putting everything to the ultimate resilience test. It is also allowing us to look at everything in a different way. What was previously accepted as ‘normal’1 is now being questioned, including how we can develop systems and behaviours that prioritise the environment; and the inclusion and wellbeing for everyone in our communities. But while this is the current challenge, it is not just COVID-19 that we need to build our resilience for. Our world will continue to face many challenges and building resilience is how we can be prepared to cope and work through problems as they occur.
So what is resilience? For individuals is it about successfully adjusting to major changes, or recovering from illness or adversity. For communities and organisations it is similar, but with a wider focus on responding to challenges by changing ‘what’ or ‘how’ they do things so that they can continue to exist3. Building resilience is a vital skill that we need for ourselves so we can manage our personal lives and achieve our goals. Having communities and organisations that are focused on building long-term resilience is also vital so that our world can thrive in the future, regardless of any future challenges.
Your focus for the illuminate:nextgen Challenge is to think about developing a solution that will build resilient individuals, communities, or organisations so that we can all thrive as a world going forward. This could be a new idea, or a change to a current process, service, product, or design, but use this opportunity and time for fresh thinking to make the change you want to see. It does not need to be focused on the pandemic but could address building resilient individuals, communities, organisation, or our world in any circumstance to see us thrive in the future.
To fully outline your solution, your team must produce;
|Tuesday – Session 01|
|11:20 am||Launch of the Challenge
|11:35 am||Introduction to the Topic|
|12:15 pm||Problem Framing|
|12:55 pm||End of Session Review|
|01:00 pm||Evaluation Forms Due
Problem Frames Due
|Tuesday – Session 02|
|01:35 pm||Ideation Workshop|
|02:00 pm||Planning Canvas Due
Speed Feedback session
|02:15 pm||Speed Feedback Due|
|03:05 pm||End of Session Review|
|03:10 pm||Project Outline Due
|Wednesday – Session 03|
|11:20 am||Welcome to Day 02 Briefing|
|11:25 am||Public Speaking Workshop|
|12 noon||Elevator Pitch MP3 Due|
|12 noon||End of Challenge review and celebration|
|Tuesday – Session 01|
|08:55 am||Launch of the Challenge
|09:10 am||Introduction to the Topic|
|09:50 am||Problem Framing|
|10:30 am||End of Session Review|
|10:35 am||Evaluation Forms Due
Problem Frames Due
|Wednesday – Session 02|
|08:55 am||Welcome to Day 02 & Review of Day 01|
|09:00 am||Ideation Workshop|
|09:25 am||Planning Canvas Due|
|Speed Feedback session
Speed Feedback Due
|09:45 am||End of Session Review|
|Thursday – Session 03|
|01:30 pm||Welcome to Day 03 & Review of Day 02|
|01:35 pm||Public Speaking Workshop|
|02:30 pm||Project Outline Due
|03:00 pm||Elevator Pitch MP3 Due|
|03:00 pm||End of Challenge review and celebration|
Preparing your financial documents can be hard for most people – so illuminate Education have worked closely with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (who are definitely the experts in this space!) to help you out.
There are video guides to help you prepare your financial statements with useful tips along the way that you can use as you develop your statements, as well as heaps of great resources that could help you open up some great career options.
To help teams understand what needs to be completed in the illuminate:nextgen Challenge, the team at illuminate Education Australia have created a sample set of documents for almost all of the submissions in the challenge. They were completed under time pressure so are not perfect submissions in any way – and we believe that as you have more people on your team and more time, you should be able to do far better than what is presented here. However they will give you some insights on what the templates and tasks are asking you to do, and help you stay on track.
The business idea presented is Treat Yo’ Shelves which was developed for our social enterprise challenge, based on a bookstore and cafe space that is a vibrant space for younger people to enjoy, which has a literacy program delivered in the space as well to help people read. Examples of some tasks are below to help you out;