Communications & Media

Community invited to vote for Tasmania’s best and brightest ideas

University of Tasmania students and alumni have been brainstorming innovative and interesting ideas in a new competition that’s now open to a public vote.

The Big Idea Challenge has been supporting entrants to develop ideas into real businesses and social projects which have the ability to transform the State.

Presented by the institution in partnership with the Office of the Coordinator General and Enterprize, the challenge is running in the North and North-West.

More than 240 individuals are participating and have submitted ideas across the categories of:

·        Commercial – ability to turn into a business;

·        Community – for social good or to create a social enterprise and

·        LoRa (IoT) – ideas that can launch on Launceston’s Internet of Things (IoT) network.

The best ideas have been shortlisted and voting is now open, with the Tasmanian community invited to help decide which projects should be developed.

Richard Celm from the Office of the Coordinator General is supporting the challenge after running similar competitions in London.

“We’ve been blown away by both the number of people that have taken part and the quality of the ideas,” Mr Celm said.

“A number of the finalists can turn these ideas into full-time jobs for themselves and that’s what opportunities like this are all about.”

Prior to the shortlisting stage, entrants attended start-up training in Burnie and Launceston which focused on ideation, methodology and pitching.  

Participants then pitched their ideas to a panel of experts including start-up founders from Enterprize, that identified the current finalists.

Ideas include an IoT robotic rubbish bin that can autonomously travel to the curb, a spatula developed by science students that changes colour to help make perfect chocolate, and a pop-up mobile dentist for the homeless.

Josh Rowlands developed the tourism business idea Tasmanian Farm Tours, designed specifically for Chinese tourists.

“The competition has been an awesome opportunity to come together, share and discuss business ideas with other like-minded entrepreneurs,” Mr Rowlands said.

“The feedback provided for my pitch really helped it to be more succinct and persuasive.”

Voting is now live at http://utasbigidea.com/finalists-2018/ and will remain open until midnight, Monday, 25 June.

The idea with the most votes will be crowned the People’s Choice winner at the gala awards night at Enterprize in Launceston on Monday, 30 July.

The best ideas will share in more than $10,000 cash and in-kind support to help launch the projects.

Published on: 12 Jun 2018 9:09am