SingularityU Australia Youth Challenge

Leaving No-one Behind in Access to Technology

Overview

How might we ensure every person in Australia can be affordably connected to the essential digital tools, networks and services (financial, educational and health) we need by 2025?

The UN frames a potential 18th Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) around digital cooperation and interdependence in the digital age. It uses language such as 'Digital Cooperation' to describe "...ways of working together to address the societal, ethical, legal and economic impacts of digital technologies in order to maximise benefits to society and minimise harms."

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Looking at one of the themes within the UN’s 18th SDG, namely ‘Leaving No One Behind’, participants in this Challenge will be working through a structured program using a design thinking framework combined with their Moonshot thinking skills to develop an innovative solution tackling access to technology in the 21st century.

Challenge Introduction

As the way we live, work and play continues to grow and evolve as we move through the 21st century, one trend is clear. The future is digital. We’re seeing professionals working online, students learning online, and friends and families connecting online as we use the plethora of digital tools now freely available to us.

As we see this societal shift towards digital, we are also seeing a rift emerging in our communities, between those with and those without access to technology.

To ensure a truly connected society, we need to take steps to ensure that we all have equal access to technology. Equal access to technology is a big topic to tackle and takes into account the cost of, and access to hardware and software, access to digital networks, digital literacy and confidence and digital education.

With this in mind, SingularityU Australia wants to pitch this challenge to our digital natives to see how they might solve the challenge. Growing up in the ‘iGeneration’, young people born after the year 1995, Generation Z, are the most digitally confident generation on earth.

The Challenge

The SingularityU Australia Youth Challenge will see young people from across the country working through a self paced program consisting of six milestones as they look at how they can tackle this challenge in their community and more broadly around the world.

Using a design thinking framework and moonshot thinking methodology, participants will be working through the program to build their solution and have the chance to pitch it to a judging panel at the Youth Summit in March 2021 for their chance to win an exciting selection of prizes, including a Teslasuit

The challenge will be broken into three streams:

Timeline

  • September 2020

    Challenge launch

  • October 2020

    Challenge Resource Go Live (This is your opportunity to download the resources and implement them in your classes in term four)

  • November 2020

    Professional Development Masterclasses (We will be running online masterclasses and professional development for teachers looking to deliver the challenge in their classrooms)

  • December 2020

    Holiday Challenges (For the school holidays we will be taking activities from the challenge to run in school holiday programs)

  • January 2021

    Main Challenge Launches (The main challenge will launch for term one 2021 with schools able to enter teams and compete)

  • February 2021

    Challenge Masterclasses (We will be hosting a series of online fireside chats and masterclasses for students completing the challenge)

  • March 2021

    Challenge Close And Awards (We will be having the submissions close with the awards ceremony taking place at the SU Youth Summit on the 23rd/24th of March 2021)

Running The Challenge With Your Students

When registering for the challenge you will receive a challenge pack with a teacher’s pack and a student’s pack of resources. These will be everything you will need to run the challenge with your students. 

The challenge has been designed to be quite flexible giving you the ability to run it in class, after school or as a rich task with your students. 

The challenge is free to download and run with your students. 

The Team Behind The Challenge

SingularityU Australia brings together change-makers, leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, government organisations, and all who seek to create impact for good.

We connect, collaborate, converse, and converge community to bring sustainability through exponential technologies to solve pressing global challenges. We educate to empower, we inspire to create.

The SingularityU Australia Expert Faculty are thought leaders with significant breadth and depth across a wide range of topics, including exponential technologies, global grand challenges, entrepreneurship, and organisational innovation.

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Register Your Interest

This challenge is free to enter for teachers, students and young people across Australia. To register your interest, make sure to fill in the form below: