The three winning entries; a nail polish that tells the wearer when to wash their hands; a solar-powered lawn mower with auto-assist technology; and an interim charging option for flat mobile phone batteries, were chosen for their exceptional demonstration of originality, creativity, practicality and imagination.
The judging panel, consisting of James O’Loghlin, former host of the ABC’s ‘The New Inventors’; Christie Burnett, editor of popular parenting blog, Childhood101.com; and Bernard Caleo, presenter of Origin’s Energy for Schools shows had their work cut out for them to narrow the field to just these three.
“With new technologies being developed every day, it’s a really exciting time to be encouraging the next generation of Australians to unearth the nation’s next littleBIGidea, no matter how big or small,” said James O’Loghlin.
“…encouraging the next generation of Australians to unearth the nation’s next littleBIGidea, no matter how big or small” – James O’Loghlin
And it was well worth entering: all three winners are off to NASA’s Cape Kennedy Space Centre, Walt Disney World Florida, and other US attractions.
Education grants and money to spend on energy upgrades for the 12 finalists’ schools were also among the prize pool.
littleBIGidea aimed to foster creativity and innovation, and to provide a platform for students to continue Australia’s rich tradition of innovation, which has seen solar hot water technology, the black box flight recorder, the fridge, and the bionic ear, among others, invented and developed on our shores.
There was no restriction on how big or small the idea: it could be an invention, an energy saving technology or a simple way to make life a little easier.
The competition was run as part of our Energy for Schools program, which is now in its 12th year and is one of Australia’s most successful education programs, with more than 40 percent of primary schools currently teaching the free online resources in their classrooms.
You can take a look at all of the winning ideas in this video:
Meet the winners
Be sure to check back for more updates from our littleBIGidea competition winners, as they make their way to the USA!