'Super 7' innovation showcase

Learn how powerful the design thinking process can be.

Watch our Game Changer Challenge partners showcasing examples of how they have used design thinking to solve a problem.

Listen out for the different ways they describe very similar things, proving yet again that it's not about the terminology but all about the process!

Video - #GCC2020 showcase: Telstra

'Automated vehicles are the future' by Matt Thomas, Telematics Solutions Lead

Duration - 8:40

#GCC2020 showcase: Telstra

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Part of Telstra’s mobility team for 14 years, Matt uses technology in many different ways to solve an array of problems. Matt is passionate about the possibilities of the growing ‘Internet of Things’ and, as a keen cyclist, also cares a lot about road safety.

Matt’s talk is about innovations in automated vehicles including sensors, cameras and radars that allow cars to communicate with each other and with infrastructure like traffic lights. Discover how people in government, telecommunications, software, robotics, design and the law are sharing expertise to bring the benefits of automated vehicles to the community and make working on the roads much safer.

Send a message to Matt and his team and out more about Telstra’s work on vehicles and the internet of things.

  1. Matt describes how he brings his passion into his work to solve problems and create solutions for the future.
    What passions do you have among your group?
    What problems do you want to solve?

  2. Matt also spoke about teamwork, collaboration and using everyone’s expertise.
    What experts were needed to work on his challenges?
    What about the ones you are working on today?

  3. With the development of new technology comes new questions to address and consider. Choose at least one question to discuss from the options below:
    1. How will the use of automated vehicles challenge our cultural values on self-autonomy/driving/owning a car?
    2. Who is to blame when things go wrong with automated cars?
    3. Will an automated car make me less useful?
    4. How can automated vehicles replace normal cars in our lifetime?
    5. What are the main systems/technologies required for automated cars to function correctly?
    6. What are the costs and benefits of automated cars?

Video - #GCC2020 showcase: University of Newcastle

‘Engineering a better recovery for stroke patients’ by Professor Sarah Johnson, Electrical Engineer

Duration - 10:04

#GCC2020 showcase: University of Newcastle

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A professor in Electrical Engineering at the University of Newcastle, Sarah Johnson is an expert in control systems engineering. She engineers solutions to problems in diverse fields such as data security, telecommunications and allied health. Sarah is passionate about encouraging more girls to consider careers in STEM.

Sarah’s talk is about how technology can help stroke patients get back to living full and active lives. Sarah has engineered a system to give automated feedback as a patient performs their physiotherapy exercises, so that they can take control of their own recovery.

Contact Sarah by email to sarah.johnson@newcastle.edu.au and find out more about Engineering at the University of Newcastle

  1. Sarah and her engineering team work on developing solutions to help improve the lives of others.
    What was the problem they were trying to solve?
    How did they identify the issues and go about narrowing the problem Why was that valuable?
    How did the different ideations bring about a better solution?

  2. Sarah is an expert in her field. Why is it important to have subject-knowledge when trying to solve problems?

  3. Why is feedback important for solving problems?

Video - #GCC2020 showcase: UTS

‘Entrepreneurship: the next step for your great idea’ by Murray Hurps, Director of Entrepreneurship

Duration - 4:02

#GCC2020 showcase: UTS

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Murray is the Director of Entrepreneurship at UTS, inspiring and supporting the largest community of student-launched startups in Australia. Previously he ran Australia's largest startup community – Fishburners; the largest survey of Australian startups – Startup Muster; and spent 14 years building a startup that he launched at the age of 16 – Ad Muncher, an ad-blocking app.

Murray’s talk is about why Game Changers should think about themselves as ‘entrepreneurs’.

Contact Murray via email murray@uts.edu.au and find out more about entrepreneurship at UTS

  1. Murray suggested that entrepreneurs don’t just have solutions, they provide solutions.
    What is the difference?
    What do you need to do differently? What steps do you need to take to provide solutions?

  2. 'Every entrepreneur started off being a really bad entrepreneur!’
    What qualities and processes do you think you would take to become a better entrepreneur?

  3. How do we find out what people's needs are?

  4. Are entrepreneurs only interested in making money from developing solutions to problems around them?

  5. Do entrepreneurs always need to use technology to generate a solution?

Video - #GCC2020 showcase: IBM

‘Empowering diverse teams to save Australia’s frogs’ by Bella Bain, Sales and Creative Associate Director

Duration – 7:54

#GCC2020 showcase: IBM

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Bella Bain is a Sales and Creative Associate Director at IBM and in her start-up she creates award-winning work with commercial clients, public institutions, and international festivals. Bella is passionate to be a part of designing a world that works with the people who live in it rather than against them.  

Bella’s talk is about how IBM iX studios partnered with the Australian Museum to design, develop and launch a unique citizen science program aimed at supporting frog conservation called FrogID. Frog ID is a 5-year, nationwide research initiative that uses crowd-sourcing to count and map the frogs of Australia. IBM iX has continued to support and make enhancement iterations to FrogID.

FrogID is a collaboration between the Australian Museum and IBM with further support from a range of government, museum and corporate partners. Download the FrogID app from the iOS App Store or Google Play store.

Find out more about IBM Australia.

  1. The first step for Bella and her team was to identify what they called a Hill statement, or the major problem they needed to overcome. 
    How can the ‘Hill Statement’ support the design process?
    What is your team’s Hill statement?

  2. As part of the development of Frog ID, the team at IBM needed to tap in to the expertise of a team of industry experts. This helped them to (a) understand the problem, (b) gain a variety of perspectives and (c) develop a wide range of solutions.
    Who are the experts you and your team need to tap in to, both to understand the problem and develop the best design solution?
    What are the benefits of working across teams to solve a problem? 

  3. Bella and her team did extensive research to fully understand the problem they were addressing.  This included fieldwork - two days ‘frogging’. 
    Why was that valuable?
    What fieldwork do you need to do?

  4. Once Bella and her team had come up with a solution they also considered the essential elements of design as they were developing the Frog ID application. They asked: ‘What colour screen would enable the best user experience?’ and ‘What would make the input of data easy, simple and effective?’
    What elements of user experience do you need to consider in your design to not only make your solution work, but work effectively and efficiently?

Video - #GCC2020 showcase: KPMG

‘What is the role of design thinking in a changing world?’ by Anthony Ferrier, National Innovation Consulting Lead

Duration – 5:34

#GCC2020 showcase: KPMG

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Anthony Ferrier is a well-regarded executive, advisor and thought leader on corporate innovation, with a focus on the nexus of digital transformation and innovation systems. He advises companies on how to thrive in a disrupted environment, by developing appropriate strategic frameworks to guide organisational change and build cultures that encourage the development of new ideas.

Anthony’s talk is about the core skills you need to drive your own success as you enter the workface in a changing world.

Contact Anthony by email to aferrier@kpmg.com.au and find out more about KPMG. Discover KPMG’s Predictions after COVID-19 or how Lifelong learning will become a human need.

Anthony introduced the tomato sauce bottle as an improvement on something that had been before. He spoke about getting inside the head of a 'consumer' to make a better product, thinking about the users’ desires and needs.
Choose at least one problem to discuss:

  1. What is a consumer? Who are your consumers?

  2. What are some issues both big and small that need some improvement in our society?

  3. What are some of the ways you could 'get inside someone else’s head'

  4. How does getting different perspectives help with product design or improvement?

Video - #GCC2020 showcase: Catalyst Lab

'Innovation by teachers, for teachers' by April Morley, teacher, Education NSW

Duration: 8:15

#GCC2020 showcase: Catalyst Lab

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April is a primary school teacher from South Western Sydney. She loves teaching outdoors, observing nature and being curious about the world.

April’s talk is about Edumap, which started as an idea submitted by 3 teachers to the Catalyst Lab’s Innovation Program’s applied learning challenge. Along with a team of experts, the teachers used the design thinking process to develop the idea to a minimum viable product (MVP).

Edumap is an applied learning pedagogy and digital tool. It supports teachers in creating and delivering high-quality programs that engage students in deep learning through authentic, real-world learning experiences.

Contact the Edumap team by email to edumap.support@det.nsw.edu.au and read the Future Frontiers e-book Education for an AI World.

  1. April shared with us that teachers think about the future all the time and how it might impact their students.
    Why do we need to think about the future?

  2. The Edumap team took time to understand their users (the people experiencing the problem they were trying to solve for).
    Why do we need to empathise and understand the needs of the people we are trying to solve problems for?

  3. Why is it important to come up with lots of ideas even if they aren’t all amazing?

  4. Could you apply the Edumap idea to an app for students to use?
    How could it work?

Video - #GCC2020 showcase: Microsoft

Innovations in mixed reality by Clare White with Lawrence Crumpton

Duration: 6:10

#GCC2020 showcase: Microsoft

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Lawrence Crumpton has worked with Microsoft for over 15 years and has engaged with universities, start-ups, and corporates to explore the change-making potential of emerging technologies in the way that people work, play and interact. Lawrence is particularly passionate about AI and Mixed Reality. He is speaking to Clare White, Industry Marketing Manager for Education at Microsoft.

Lawrence and Clare’s talk is about how mixed reality technology is already helping in the building and construction industries, how it is allowing engineers to stand on the surface of Mars, and what impact it might have for our Game Changers as they finish school and head into university and the workplace.

Contact Clare White by email to Clare.White@microsoft.com. Find out more about Microsoft Hololens technology and see the technology at work in bricklaying.

  1. Lawrence explored the idea of mixed reality, adding a layer to the real world or even creating a whole alternate reality. The brickwork example demonstrated the power of this technology in real life, saving time and increasing accuracy.
    Could this real time extended reality experience provide a power up to your solution?
    Could it enhance the user experience and mean a more effective solution?

  2. Using technology like mixed and virtual reality, users can experience things that are either or both too dangerous or expensive to experience in reality.
    Could this technology assist you in developing a more cost effective and scalable solution to your problem, reaching more users and providing a more effective and powerful message and solution?

  3. One of the exciting things about virtual and mixed reality is the ability to experience scenarios or simulations anytime, anywhere. Instead of developing your solution in reality, could a simulation be your solution, develop understanding and meet the needs of your problem statement?

  4. Remember you don’t need a HoloLens to begin with virtual and mixed reality. You can make simple augmented reality experiences using Microsoft Paint 3D, and Virtual Reality tours using tools such as Tour Creator. Could these be part of your solution toolkit?
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