Preparing your application

A step-by-step guide to help you put together a game-changing application!

Don't forget

  • Applications are open to all NSW public schools.
  • Register your interest by Friday, 20 March 2020.
  • Applications close end of Term 1 on Thursday, 9 April 2020.

What the judges are looking for

  • A diverse team made up of a range of skills and personalities. We all have special superpowers, that's what makes us unique. It's the force of all the superpowers working together that allows the magic to happen and this challenge is all about finding your superpower.
  • Enthusiasm, enthusiasm, enthusiasm!
  • Evidence of the desire to learn about the design thinking methodology.
  • Evidence of deep thinking in response to the real-world wicked problem.
  • Ability to transfer the idea into a tangible concept.
  • The desirability, feasibility and viability of your idea.

Where to from here

Step 1 - Build your team

You will need five students and one educator to make up your team. Supervising teachers can be from any subject area. The junior category is for students from Years 3 to 6, the senior category is for students from Years 7 - 12. Schools can submit more than one application, providing each student team member is different.

Step 2 - Register your interest

The teacher heading up the team (or the principal) will need to complete the register your interest form by Friday, 20 March 2020.

Step 3 - Create your video

  • Introduce each of your teammates and let us know what school you are from.
  • Tell us about your game-changing idea for the real-world wicked problem and how it will improve the lives of others.
  • Read through the ideas and inspiration information for tips on what to include.
  • Shoot your video on a smart phone or try out our new and easy to use Schools Video platform where you can upload footage, create videos and share to social channels and school websites.
  • We want your team to focus on coming up with an idea for the question, not the production of the video!
  • Don't forget, applications close Thursday, 9 April 2020.

Step 4 - Submit your application

  • Read through this page prior to completing.
  • The teacher heading up the team or the principal will need to submit the application.
  • You will need to be logged in to your Department of Education Google address to access the forms.

Step 5 - Wait for the announcement

A panel of department and industry experts will judge the videos and select the 72 teams to participate in the heats. Teams will be announced by Friday, 1 May 2020.


Send an email to the GCC2020 team and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

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