Game Changer Challenge

The Game Changer Challenge is back! Between Tuesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 8 around 150 students and teachers will gather in Sydney to solve the 2019 Challenge question, How might we humanise technology? Read on to see who will be competing and the exciting three-day program they will complete, and the points along the way where you can join in.

Watch the Game Changer Challenge live

Panel discussion – Tuesday 6 August – 9am

Secretary Mark Scott will moderate a student audience asking some of Australia’s best tech minds the question ‘How might we humanise technology?’ as the Game Changer Challenge gets underway.

Primary school pitch session – Thursday 8 August – 9am

Watch our primary school teams pitch their solutions.

High school pitch session – Thursday 8 August – 11am

Follow along with our high school students as they make their Game Changer Challenge pitch.

The finalists

And then there were 18. From almost 100 entries judges have selected this year's finalists for the Game Changer Challenge.

The finalists in the primary section are:

  • Oakhill Drive Public School
  • Samuel Gilbert Public School
  • South Coogee Public School
  • Kingscliff Public School
  • Mount Terry Public School
  • Alstonville Public School
  • Burke Ward Public School
  • Cudgegong Valley Public School
  • Yagoona Public School

In the secondary section finalists are:

  • Northern Beaches Secondary College, Manly Selective Campus
  • Elizabeth Macarthur High School
  • Lake Munmorah High School
  • Hurlstone Agricultural High School
  • Nimbin Central School and Kyogle High School
  • Orange High School
  • Fairvale High School
  • Armidale Secondary College
  • The Sydney Children’s Hospital School

Follow the Games

There are a number of key moments when you can tune into the Game Changer Challenge, which is being held this year in collaboration with Google for Education.

We have liftoff

Day One will be launched at the Australian headquarters of Google with a Q&A panel, moderated by Department of Education Secretary Mark Scott. Our Game Changers will be asking questions of a panel that includes some of the nation's leading thinkers on technology and ethics alongside leaders from global tech giants Google and Microsoft who are at the coal face delivering innovation. You can join the event via our livestream on youTube.

Pitch perfect

On Thursday, August 9 watch via our youTube livestream from 9am as our Game Changer teams pitch their solutions to the Challenge question to a panel of judges including industry and education leaders. You can build on the excitement by creating your own judging panel to assess the ideas or hold a classroom poll to pick your winner.

The program

Read the full program and get some inspiration for how you might hold your own Game Changer Challenge in your school or among a community of schools.

Are you a Game Changer?

We live in an era of accelerated innovation and increasing uncertainty where the limits of technology lie in the imagination. The great challenges of the future will be solved by today’s students. To flourish in this world, they will need to be deep thinkers, critical and reflective, empathetic and creative.

The Game Changer Challenge is an initiative of the department to develop and promote these skills among students and teachers. Sixteen teams from schools across NSW will be flown to Game Changer HQ in Sydney during Education Week to compete in a three-day design thinking program where, working alongside leading industry professionals, teams will go head-to-head to consider this year’s question, How might we humanise technology?

The students will be helped in designing their solution to the problem with educators from our Game Changer Challenge collaborators instructing students on how to best use education tools and technology to address the Challenge question.

Video – How might we humanise technology?

Duration – 1:00

This year's big question

How might we humanise technology?

Through this topic we aim to explore questions such as:

  • What does it mean to humanise technology?
  • Can we build social and emotional intelligence in AI so a machine has empathy?
  • Can we utilise technology as a force for good to save the planet? Or will the darker side of human nature come to the fore?
  • Could a robot do our job? And if so, how would we get by and what would we do with all our free time?
  • Will we begin to live our lives virtually?

History of the Game Changer Challenge

Launched in 2018, the Game Changer Challenge has become an annual event open to our 2200+ schools and 800,000 students across NSW.

The challenge is designed to make strong learning and teaching connections to the NSW syllabus specifically in the area of developing general capabilities such as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, communication and problem-solving.

The challenge also provides teachers with an opportunity to gain exposure to the design thinking process and includes teacher resources to introduce this creative problem-solving methodology into the classroom.

All schools are invited to form a team of six students and two teachers and apply to participate in the 2019 challenge which will be held in Sydney during Education Week (5 – 9 August 2019). Transport, accommodation and teacher relief costs will be covered.

Apply now

For your school’s chance to be part of the Game Changer Challenge, assemble a team of six students and two teachers, shoot a 60-second video showcasing your thoughts on how we might humanise technology and submit your entry by Friday, 7 June.

Full details on how to apply can be found on our applications page. Applications have now closed for 2019.

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