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Assessment Criteria

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;

 

  1. Strategy & Organisation
  2. Research & Inquiry
  3. Creativity & Innovation
  4. Financial Interpretation
  5. Communication
  6. Use of Digital Technology
  7. Real World Application
Team Binder

In every illuminate:nextgen Challenge, your Team Binder gives you information to prepare for every day, useful templates and much more – and while you are doing the program digitally, you will still find this document critical.

 

Below are links to download the templates from the Team Binder for the different tasks as well as the entire document;

Resource Website Check [1.25%]

Due: Monday 10:30 am
Purpose: Help students become familiar with the resources available online.

 

Outline: With a range of useful resources and templates provided online, teams are given an opportunity to explore the website and submit work through it, in anticipation of later stages of the program.

How to complete the task: Add your team details in the Upload section of the website. Select the “Resource Website Check” from the task dropdown arrow. A selection of questions will appear and you will need to find and answer the questions in the space provided. When all questions have been answered, click submit.

Requirements: Teams need to submit one response per team through the submission option below.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Problem Frame [1.50%]

Due: Monday at 2:00 pm
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;

  • [People] need to [Need] because [Importance], but [Gap].
  • People should be a clearly defined group of people that have this problem.
  • Need should be a verb that outlines what the People need – an action or a requirement.
  • Importance is why these People need this Need met in their lives through justification.
  • Gap outlines why this Need is not being met at the moment.

Requirements: Teams must book in to meet with Facilitators through Collaborate to have their Problem Frame checked, refined, and approved before progressing to the next stage.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
7. Real World Application0%
Team MOU [1.50%]

Due: Monday 2:15 pm
Purpose: Set clear rules and agreements within the team of how you will work together.
Template: Editable PDF (from Virtual Team Binder) | Judging Rubric
Presentation: Collaboration & Innovation

 

Outline: As the program is completed in teams, it is important to set a good foundation to work collaboratively together as well as prepare for any potential conflict. Teams will step through an exercise to establish key behaviours that the team will agree to, then sign it as a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between all of the team members.

 

Requirements: Teams are to fill in the sheets within the Virtual Binder, then take a picture of the page or edit the editable PDF and upload it using the Student Resources page.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Solution Canvas

Due: Monday (Optional)
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.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Mentoring Session

Due: Tuesday from 09:45 am
Purpose: To share the progress of the team through the Innovation Process, and get constructive feedback and advice on the chosen idea.
Presentation: Collaboration & Innovation

 

Outline: It is incredibly valuable to get feedback from other perspectives when coming up with a new idea. The Mentor Session allows teams an opportunity to present for up to three (3) minutes to share what they have worked on so far and as much detail as they have about their idea, to then allow the mentor and other teams in the group an opportunity to ask any questions and provide general feedback.

 

In preparing for the presentation, teams should;

  • Introduce the Problem Frame so the mentors and other teams know what issue the team has identified.
  • Introduce the idea that the team has come up with so far, with detail as appropriate.
  • Consider what questions you could ask the Mentors and other teams that could help your team out.
  • Prepare to take notes of the feedback to review after the session.

Requirements: Teams will be sent a list of mentors and a timesheet on Monday and are to choose two sessions with two different mentors. Teams are to use the timesheet to sign up to the sessions and ensure that they are on Collaborate at the scheduled times.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Elevator Pitch [5.00%]

Due: Tuesday 1:30 pm
Purpose: Clearly present the idea in a compelling manner – in a tight timeframe.
Template: Judging Rubric
Presentation: Communications

 

Outline: When presenting a new idea, often people are asked to explain their ‘Elevator Pitch’, which is a quick outline of the idea that should go for the length of a short elevator ride. Teams are required to present a thirty (30) second recording that briefly outlines their idea, using the following guide;

  • An Introduction: Your name and something to open the conversation with.
  • The Problem: Briefly outline the Problem Frame.
  • The Solution: Your idea in short.
  • Impact: What difference will this idea really make?
  • Hook: Close with a compelling question to get the listener interested.

Further detail will be provided during the Communications Presentation.

Please note this submission will be used for the Peer Feedback session and sent to another team for feedback.

Requirements: Teams are to record their Elevator Pitches via a voice recording and submit to Collaborate by the due time.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Team Agenda [2.50%]

Deadline (I): Tuesday 11:00 am
Deadline (II): Wednesday 10:30 am
Deadline (III): Thursdayday 9:30 am

Purpose: Teams need to keep themselves organised during the more flexible days of the challenge.
Template: Editable PDFs (from the virtual Team Binder)

 

Outline: As teams are into the later stages of the challenge, there are a number of tasks that need to be completed that require some forward planning to ensure nothing is missed. To support this, teams are required to complete a Team Agenda each morning, outlining what the team will focus on and delegate all jobs to team members so everyone has a role.

 

Requirements: Teams will be advised of the submission requirements during the Morning Briefing. Complete the editable PDF and upload it to the Student Resources Page.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Planning Canvas [2.50%]

Due: Tuesday 4:00 pm
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 later parts of the challenge, where these elements become part of the Business Case, Marketing Strategy & Business Launch Presentation.

 

Requirements: Teams are to complete the Planning Canvas (available as an editable PDF on the Student Resources Page), take a photo of both sides or save the edited PDF, and upload them individually through the Student Resources page.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
2. Research & Inquiry0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
4. Financial Interpretation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Market Research [5.50%]

Due: Wednesday 11:30 am
Purpose: Complete research on key aspects of your solution to understand how it fits into the market, and if there really is a need for it.
Template: Task Outline | Judging Rubric
Presentation: Research & Inquiry

 

Outline: To understand your target customers, the benefits that your solution will create and the wider industry, it is critical that you complete research. To support this, teams are to complete the Market Research task, with the three research areas connected to the Problem Frame. This should be prepared in a report format as a stand-alone task, but also needs to be included in the Business Case.

 

Requirements: Teams should document their Market Research in a report that is at least 250 words in length and upload it online to be marked.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Draft Financial Tables

Due: Wednesday 12:30 pm
Purpose: Receive guidance and advice on your financial tables before submitting the final version.
Template: Financial Template
Presentation: Introduction to Financial Accounting

 

Outline: Due to the complexity of the financial forecasts, teams are given an opportunity to present their draft tables for feedback and assistance. As there are no marks for the draft submission, teams do not have to submit anything if that is their choice – however, there will be no feedback given without a submitted document. It is important to note that the task only requires a draft document, so it does not need to be completed before being handed in.

 

Requirements: Teams should upload their working file to the website to be reviewed. Feedback will be sent to your Team Channel on Collaborate.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
2. Research & Inquiry0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
4. Financial Interpretation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Draft Business Case

Due: Wednesday 1:45 pm
Purpose: Receive guidance and advice on your business case before submitting the final version.
Template: Task Outline & Template
Presentation: Formal Writing & the Business Case

 

Outline: Due to the range of new terms introduced within the Business Case, teams are given an opportunity to present their draft document for feedback and assistance. As there are no marks for the draft submission, teams do not have to submit anything if that is their choice – however there will be no feedback given without a submitted document. It is important to note that the task only requires a draft document, so it does not need to be completed before being handed in.

 

Requirements: Teams should upload their working file to the website to be reviewed. Feedback will be sent to your Team Channel on Collaborate.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
2. Research & Inquiry0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
4. Financial Interpretation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Marketing Strategy [5.00%]

Due: Wednesday 2:15 pm
Purpose: Outline the strategy that you will take to connect with your target customers.
Template: Task Outline | Judging Rubric
Presentation: Marketing & Communications

 

Outline: Behind every piece of strong marketing material is a clear and focused strategy that helps target the customer group and leads them towards doing business with you. Teams need to outline this strategy using the attached template with enough detail for a person who they have not yet met to clearly understand what you are selling, how you are going to promote it, and how it will make an impact.

 

Requirements: Teams should upload the final document (as a PDF preferably) through the Resources Page.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
2. Research & Inquiry0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
4. Financial Interpretation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Financial Tables [12.5%]

Due: Thursday 2:00 pm
Purpose: Clearly demonstrate the solution can be financially viable.
Template: Template | Judging Rubric
Presentation: Introduction to Financial Accounting

 

Outline: When presenting a new idea, it is important to clearly show that it is financially sustainable in the long term through your financial forecasts. Teams are required to complete the financial tables as outlined by facilitators and to help outline what it will cost to start the idea as well as what it will cost to run, using established financial accounting practices, with all notes made in the spreadsheet for the judges to review. These financial tables should connect with what is written in the Business Case.

 

Requirements: Teams should upload the financial tables through the Resources website.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
2. Research & Inquiry0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
4. Financial Interpretation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Business Case [17.5%]

Due: Thursday 2:00 pm
Purpose: Clearly present the reason for the solution to exist and how it will be implemented.
Template: Task Outline & Template | Judging Rubric
Presentation: Formal Writing & the Business Case

 

Outline: When presenting a new idea, it is important to clearly outline the research that has gone on, what the idea is in detail, and how it will be put into place over time. Teams will write this out in their Business Case using the template provided and be presented in a report format as introduced through the challenge. Teams should carefully explain the details and the justification for their decisions, remembering that most judges will not have seen anything else of your work before this, so will only learn of your idea through this document. The Business Case should connect with the Financial Tables the team has to complete.

 

Requirements: Teams should upload the document (as a PDF preferably) through the Resources Page.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
2. Research & Inquiry0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
4. Financial Interpretation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Marketing Materials [15%]

Due: Thursday 2:15 pm
Purpose: Demonstrate examples of the marketing materials you use to connect with your customers.
Template: Task Outline | Judging Rubric
Presentation: Marketing & Communications

 

Outline: While a good marketing strategy will provide justification for the approach, it is important to develop some creative and interesting marketing materials to connect with your customers. Teams are to create examples of their marketing materials across a variety of mediums, as outlined in the task description. For teams looking for further examples, research similar businesses and see what they are currently doing for ideas of best practice.

 

Requirements: Teams should upload each piece of marketing material using the Resources Page of the website one piece at a time.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
2. Research & Inquiry0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
4. Financial Interpretation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Business Launch Video [20.00%]

Due: Friday 11:45 am| Business Launch Storyboard due by Thursday 5:00 pm
Purpose: Professionally present your idea for investment and support.
Template: Task Outline | Storyboard Template | Judging Rubric
Presentation: Communications

 

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 a Business Launch Video within a maximum of five (5) minutes, using the provided template. Teams should focus on sharing the work they have done and clearly present a resolved idea and a prototype of the product or a visual walkthrough of the business.

Requirements: Teams are to create a Business Launch video for their business, including a prototype demonstration or visual walkthrough of the business. Team videos should go for no longer than 5 minutes. Videos will be sent to judges to watch as well as them being sent to groups through Collaborate to watch.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
2. Research & Inquiry0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
4. Financial Interpretation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%
Pressure Cooker [7.50%]

Due: Friday 12:00 pm
Purpose: Teams must show their problem-solving skills and how well they are prepared as a group.
Template: Judging Rubric

 

Outline: Despite putting time into developing the idea, sometimes situations occur that you have not planned for but still need to solve. The Pressure Cooker simulates such a situation, with the team required to collaborate to find a creative solution to the problem. Teams will use the editable PDFs within their virtual binder or in the links above to complete the task and will need to carefully follow the instructions outlined below or on Collaborate as well as the facilitator’s guidance. The task is also timed, with penalties for handing any work in late.

The Pressure Cooker: 

We’ve all heard the phase Data is GOLD and in this new digital age, data has never been more precious and available. Although, with the great power of holding data comes the great responsibility to protect it, especially in the vast unknown digital space. It is so important to know where your employee, customer, client, and partner data is stored and how secure it is.

 

You have just been notified of a data breach in your system, with the breach having access to sensitive data such as employee records and the personal information of your clients and customers – including their payment information. Your team are unsure how severe the breach is at this point and it will take an investigation but there is a big risk that this sensitive information could have already been accessed and potentially made public. 

 

You have called an emergency meeting with your strategic team to plan your steps going forward. It is really important to find the balance between your ethical duty to disclose the breach, while not inciting panic amongst your employees, clients, and partners. During this meeting, your strategic team will need to make a number of decisions.

 

Requirements of the Pressure Cooker

Marketing: It is really important that you think very carefully about how you communicate with those affected, the wrong message or the wrong timing could mean the end of your business. You and your team need to consider not only how and when you will notify those affected and what information you will share with them but you also need to look ahead and plan how you will recover a positive image of your organisation. You will need to outline both your message about the breach and your future marketing strategy to recover.

 

Operations:  A data breach can have serious consequences and it is essential that it is handled carefully. You will need to outline a plan of how you will investigate and manage the breach, as well as what steps you will take going forward. You will need to consider when you notify those affected, how you will avoid inciting panic and what you will advise people going forward. 

 

Finances: Finally, this has a significant financial impact on your business, where you need to make changes to your financial forecast to be sustainable through this process. You need to update your finances with the following;

  • The investigation into the breach will cost the equivalent of 15% of your monthly income for the two months of the investigation.
  • Upon notifying customers of the breach, you will lose 20% of your monthly income for the following four months.
  • On top of any other operational changes or marketing decisions you make.

You need to revise your financial forecast and make decisions to adjust your spending to get through this time and recover, including the cost of any changes you may implement, and outline the reasons for your choices in under 200 words.

 

Submission Requirements

  • Max 1 A4 page marketing strategy.
  • Max 1 A4 page of changes to operations.
  • One Financial Table with the changes as outlined, and 200 words submitted on a word document.

 

Submit your files to the resources website before the timer reaches zero.

 

Deadline: 45 minutes.

Assessment Criteria

1. Strategy & Organisation0%
2. Research & Inquiry0%
3. Creativity & Innovation0%
4. Financial Interpretation0%
5. Communication0%
7. Real World Application0%

Troubleshooting & Helpful Information

Troubleshooting

If your team is having an issue, work through these three things;

 

  • Check the Resources website. This website has lots of information on it, so please check the task outlines for any assistance that is already provided.
  • Check Collaborate. You might not be the only team asking this question – so check the recent conversations to see if your question has already been answered.
  • Ask the Facilitators or on Collaborate. If you haven’t found the answer, please ask just ask the question. If you are asking online, please avoid using the direct message feature, as it is useful for other teams to know the answer too.
Expectations For The Challenge

Organisation & Time Management are Critical

  • Attend all sessions on time. Keep track of the time, and make sure you are ready for sessions when they begin to make the most of the information that is shared.
  • Deadlines are strict. If your work is handed in after the deadline, it will get a zero mark. Make sure you plan ahead and keep accountable.

 

Use the Resources Provided

  • Use Collaborate. Collaborate is our online chat platform that we give access to all teams, to ask questions, get updates and provide assistance throughout the challenge.
  • Use the Resources website. This website has task outlines, templates and much more – make the most of it as these will help you complete the challenge and stay on track.
  • Use technology to access relevant information. You will need to complete research and access other websites to help – use technology productively to make the most of what you can access.

 

Behaviour Expectations

  • Respect others – within your team, in the program and around us. This goes without saying, and while the challenge provides a different environment, school rules still apply.
Core Challenge

This is the problem or central issue that your solution has to address. Please read the Core Challenge carefully, as your solution needs to meet this to be able to win major awards throughout the week.

 

Over the past decade our lives have been transitioning to be more reliant on digital platforms and technology, with the Australia workforce and all major industries following this transition. We have watched the digital age take hold across the economy and society, which has been occurring even more rapidly due to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, posing new challenges and amazing opportunities still to be explored

 

These circumstances pushed the development of digital platforms and technologies to an all new level as it was used as an engagement tool for families and communities to stay connected, in the detection and treatment of the pandemic, in education and as a vital communication tool for organisations and governments. While this rapid growth and dependence on digital platforms and technologies has allowed some organisations and industries to flourish and innovate, those left behind in this tech race are left with very few options for survival. With artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, the Internet of Things (IOT), robotics, drones, self-driving cars and wearables are just some of the ways that our economy is transitioning, there are so many new ways people and businesses can support and engage with their community.

 

Your challenge for the illuminate:nextgen Challenge is to look at a new opportunity for technology to be implemented in your community. This could be something that helps out the community, something businesses could use or something that helps residents of the region engage in technology. Your business needs to come up with a way to make money from the idea to make your business sustainable, can be replicated in other communities into the future, and must be viable to get investment and support to begin.

 

To fully outline your solution, your team must produce;

  • a business case that justifies and explains your proposed solution,
  • supporting financial information that proves the viability and benefit of the solution,
  • a pitch deck presentation that gets key stakeholders and the community excited about your solution,
  • a marketing campaign that outlines your thinking and creative approaches to promoting your solution,
  • a demonstration site for your idea so people can experience a prototype of it for themselves,
  • a number of problem-solving exercises throughout the challenge,
  • and a number of other tasks to help set a strong foundation for the challenge.

 

Good luck!

Schedule | Day 1
09:30 am Launch of the Challenge (Live)
10:00 am Introduction to the Topic
Brainstorming
10:30 am Resource Website Check Due
11:00 am Problem Framing Session
12:00 pm Collaboration & Innovation Session
1:30 pm Market Research Session
2:00 pm Problem Frame Due
2:15 pm Team MOU Due
Afternoon Review
Schedule | Day 2
09:30 am Morning Briefing
09:45 am Mentoring Session Begins
Introduction to Financial Accounting
11:00 am  Team Agenda Due
12:30 pm Communications Session
1:30 pm Elevator Pitch Due
01:45 pm Afternoon Workshop
02:15 pm Afternoon Review
4:00 pm Planning Canvas Due
Schedule | Day 3
09:30 am Morning Briefing
Marketing & Communications Session
Formal Writing & the Business Case Session
10:30 am Team Agenda Due
11:30 am Market Research Due
12:30 pm Draft Financial Tables Due
01:30 pm Financial Workshop
01:45 pm Draft Business Case Due
02:15 pm Afternoon Review
Marketing Strategy Due
Schedule | Day 4
09:30 am Morning Briefing
09:30 am Team Agenda Due
10:00 am Business Case Workshop
11:15 am Marketing & Business Launch Video Workshop
2:00 pm Business Case & Financial Tables Due
02:15 pm Marketing Materials Due
Afternoon Review
5:00 pm Business Launch Video Storyboard
Schedule | Day 5
09:30 am Morning Briefing
09:40 am Business Launch Video Filming
11:45 am Business Launch Video Due
12:00 pm Pressure Cooker
1:00 pm Business Launch Video Peer viewing
02:00 pm Student Review and Q&A (live)
05:00 pm Awards Ceremony (live stream)
Help from a CA with your Financials

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.

 

All you need to do is click here and you’ll get access to the resources.

Treat Yo' Shelves

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;