Game Changer Challenge

The Game Changer Challenge is back! Think your school has what it takes to solve a wicked problem? Get your team ready to answer the next big question: How might we humanise technology?

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?

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?

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.

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.

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