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Business Innovation Challenge — Group A

  • 78 Currie Street Adelaide, SA, 5000 Australia (map)

Register Today — Closes Friday, 1 November 2019

This unique event brings together students and industry to solve real-world problems while supporting teachers to develop experiential learning engagements in their schools. 

This Business Innovation Challenge is presented in collaboration with the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM). Secondary school students will work collaboratively over two days to solve a real industry problem. Students will interview and pitch solutions to representatives of emergency management agencies. In doing so, they will practice effective communication, complex problem solving, creativity, and teamwork in an authentic context. The skill levels attained by students will be recognised by the awarding of micro-credentials in team work, problem solving, and entrepreneurship.

For Participants

Each school should send 10 students, drawn from years 8 to 10. The selection of students is at the school's discretion and there is no subject requirement as the problem is transdisciplinary. Students should:

  • Bring a laptop or tablet cable of connecting to the venue's WiFi network

  • Wear smart casual — no school uniforms


Each school must also send at least one accompanying teacher who enrols in the professional development. A school may choose to send additional teachers to participate in the professional development. The event is also open to a small number of teachers not accompanying a school who wish to participate in the professional development.

For all participants, you will need to provide us with the following information:

  • First Name

  • Last Name

  • Year Group

  • Gender

  • If the attendee identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

  • If the attendee comes from a Non-English Speaking Background

  • Email Address

  • Any allergies or dietary requirements for catering

If you have any issues completing the registration or need to pay other than by credit card, please contact us at

For Teachers

While students work on the industry problem, teachers complete the Authentic Learning through Industry Engagement program. This contributes 18 hours of self-identified professional learning. This is an experiential teacher professional learning program, providing participants with direct experience of working with business and community partners to support substantial, authentic, open ended, problem-based learning designs.

The program supports teachers:

  • Gain in-depth understanding in the design principles involved with authentic experiential learning programs;

  • Use focused observation to increase their sensitivity to students learning needs;

  • Review their assumptions about the best way to support students working on complex problems in novel and uncertain situations; and,

  • Provide the minimum necessary scaffold to support student success while allowing them responsibility and control over their own learning.

The aim is that, having undertaken this program, the teachers will be able to work with and support colleagues within their school to incorporate, design, and deliver a wider range of engaging learning linked to the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum.
Please note: As the professional learning builds on the student program, the same teacher must attend both days.

About the Facilitators

Your facilitators will be Dr Christopher Goldspink and Dr Robert Kay of Incept Labs. In a research collaboration that has spanned almost 20 years they have been engaged in multiple large-scale education system evaluations and research studies, both in Australia and overseas. More recently, they have been working with schools and universities to advance teaching approaches that support what has been described as Education 3.0 (E3.0).

They are passionate about facilitating reform in the education system to better prepare children for life in the era of the new industrial revolution. Using evidence-based approaches to situation improvement, they have designed multiple measurement tools to capture the complex interactions between teachers and their students.

Sponsorship and Support

The Business Innovation Challenge program is supported in part by the following organisations:


This program is also sponsored in part under the Disaster Resilience Grants Program by the South Australian State Government and Commonwealth Department of Home Affairs