Game Changer Challenge mentoring and incubation

2021 Mott MacDonald Incubation Prize

In April 2022, one of the outstanding teams to compete in the 2021 Game Changer Challenge grand final, 'Hairliner FC' from Gymea Technology High School, made the journey to the offices of global engineering, management and development consultancy Mott MacDonald in Kent Street, Sydney.

The team were selected by technical directors in the firm's infrastructure and transport advisory areas to build upon their RecycleIT EDU website prototype – a place where upcycled electronic products are matched with students in need of a learning device to help close the digital divide.

The one-day mentoring workshop was designed to guide the team in taking their Game Changer project to the next level by engaging in a product design sprint, before building out a strategy canvas, business model canvas and product canvas.

“Hairliner FC’s prototype upcycles existing technology, improves access to education for disadvantaged students and provides opportunities for students to develop skills by reconditioning these technology assets – a triple threat!”

“Innovative projects that help to drive social and sustainability outcomes are at the heart of Mott MacDonald’s purpose, so we were excited to help these finalists further develop their impressive work to date. We believe this concept truly has global potential” said Mike Matthews Stuart, technical director at Mott MacDonald.

Eva Korkidas, teacher at Gymea Technology High School, reiterated how valuable the experience was for her students. In 2022, the Game Changer Challenge is once again inviting industry partners to work with the bright minds of our Game Changer Challenge finalists to accelerate winning, student-generated ideas into a reality, and offer mentoring and expertise from industry experts.

Contact be@det.nsw.edu.au for more information or if you would like to get your organisation involved!

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