The search for Australia’s next generation of inventors is on again, with Origin’s littleBIGidea competition now open.

littleBIGidea invites Aussie kids in grades three to eight to enter their innovative ideas – BIG and small – for the chance to win a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in the USA.

To help discover Australia’s budding inventors, biomedical engineer, Dr Jordan Nguyen returns as judge for the competition.

“From day one, littleBIGidea has encouraged young Australians to harness their originality, imagination and innovation. Past ideas have focused on assisting the community, transforming the health industry and creating a more sustainable future. I’m looking forward to seeing the ideas that will emerge this year from our changemakers of tomorrow,” Dr Nguyen said.

Joining the littleBIGidea judging panel for the first time is Macinley Butson – 2018 NSW Young Australian of the Year.

“I started inventing in primary school, so I know firsthand how curious and creative young minds can be. I’m so excited to be supporting up-and-coming inventors who are shaping the future of Australia,” Macinley said.

Since launching in 2014, Origin’s littleBIGidea competition has received more than 7,000 entries. Previous winners include Bridgette Veneris (2016) who invented a band-aid dispenser, and Charlie Johnstone (2018) who created Re-Print – a product to help minimise environmental waste and make access to 3D printing easier.

Origin CEO Frank Calabria said, “We are incredibly proud of the littleBIGidea competition. It’s one of the ways we’re inspiring students and investing in Australia’s future leaders. It’s a great opportunity for young people to tackle real-world problems using creativity and practical thinking, and I’m always impressed by the ideas we receive.”

The top 12 finalists will each receive $1,000 towards education within their chosen field, and one-on-one mentoring designed by Engineers Without Borders Australia. Three national winners will each receive an all-expenses paid trip to the USA.

To enter the competition and for further information, visit Students need to describe their invention in 200 words or less and they can include an illustration or short video to support their submission. The competition is open until Friday 13 September 2019.


Sophie Kostov
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