illuminate:nextgen Challenge – Digital
The illuminate:nextgen Challenge is the flagship program of illuminate Education Australia, provides high school students with an authentic entrepreneurial environment for students to activate the confidence, creativity and capability to reach their full potential through solving problems in their community. Supported by experienced facilitators at every step with support of the community and our partners, participants work in teams to develop a new project or business idea, developing key skills including;
- Communication (Speaking, Writing & Presentation Skills)
- Understanding (Critical Thinking, Inquiry, Digital & Financial Literacy)
- Solving Problems (Creativity, Problem Solving & Reflection)
- Working Smart (Collaboration, Organisation & Perseverance)
In response to the current restrictions due to COVID-19, we have adapted the challenge to allow students to complete the five day experience from their own school as well as allowing individual students joining with other students to collaborate and complete the challenge. The challenge features a mix of video presentations, collaboration through our communication platform hosted in Australia, and ‘offline’ tasks to give students an engaging series of activities throughout the week. The whole process is facilitated by staff from illuminate Education Australia, with industry and community collaboration in the delivery of the program to create a similar experience in the virtual environment.
Across the week, students explore the innovative process designed by illuminate Education Australia, growing in their skills and confidence within themselves and of their peers throughout the journey. Teams begin by growing in their understand of a relevant issue in their community and build their knowledge base to define the problem they see, creatively explore and refine possible solutions, develop business models for sustained impact as well as marketing materials that connect with target customers, present the idea for investment and support, showcase how their team will work collaboratively to deliver the solution and a prototype of their solution. All of the skills and resources required to complete these stages are introduced by illuminate Education Australia facilitators in the week, both to complete the challenge but to also see how these transferable skills can be used in other contexts.
With over 12,500 students across Australia having completed the program – and a vast majority completing our week long illuminate:nextgen Challenge – alongside international recognition for our work, the challenge is an incredibly impactful experience that will leave your students, teachers and wider community inspired for years to come.
Digital Delivery Mode
In response to the current restrictions due to COVID-19, we have adapted the challenge to allow students to complete the challenge experience from their own school as well as allowing individual students joining with other students to collaborate and complete the challenge.
Throughout the challenge experience, a range of digital technologies are used to allow students to collaborate effectively – but also take into account that students should also take a break from screens throughout the intense experience. The technology mix includes;
- Brief live sessions where students can interact with speakers and facilitators to be on the same page and update with current progress that are streamed using a video platform installed on illuminate Education Australia servers based in Australia that is accessible through most web browsers (no additional software needs to be installed on computers).
- Filmed information sessions (that can be downloaded in advance if the internet connection is poor) that helps students learn about key concepts including financial accounting, marketing, strategy, collaboration, inquiry and communication techniques amongst many others that are uploaded to YouTube.
- Regular collaboration through a text-based chat platform (either using what the school uses or an illuminate Education Australia provided platform hosted in Australia) which can be used for the team to meet, discuss and complete the challenge through their web browser (no additional software needs to be installed on computers).
- Online toolkits, activity guides and templates that are hosted online, which is where all work is submitted as well. This creates an easy space for students to access key information and gain assistance from additional information that supports the challenge.
- Through the text-based chat platform and the video conference platform, illuminate Education Australia facilitators are always on standby, ready to help teams, discuss issues or provide assistance with their proposed solution to thrive throughout the challenge experience.
Additional details will be provided to schools and individual registrations after they sign up for the challenge to help understand these platforms, as well as troubleshooting guides in case there are issues to ensure that the challenge experience is as smooth as possible – and focus on developing core skills and unique solutions to the issues we see in our community.
The challenge is designed to allow students who have never completed an experience like this before to learn all of the skills and frameworks required within the week, which means there is no need for teachers to provide students with additional content or teaching. With programs hosting anywhere between 20 and 300 students, the mixture of skills and experiences the range of students bring to the table, even from within the one school, makes for a rich and memorable experience students will refer to and draw upon for years to come.
With illuminate Education founded by Adam Mostogl (Top 30 Under 30 Australian Entrepreneurs 2017, Finalist for Young Australian of the Year 2015), the challenge offers an experience of the working world while still being educationally relevant, allowing students to grow at every stage through the innovation process. Teams complete industry-relevant submissions with the support of the wider community, alongside illuminate Education Australia’s facilitators who design and deliver every component of the program with a focus on creating an engaging learning environment – all using digital platforms with tasks and collaborative environments customised to maximise the digital learning environment and pedagogical approach of the challenge. With this in mind, the illuminate:nextgen Challenge is aligned to the Australian Curriculum across the General Capabilities as well as various subject areas, the Victorian Curriculum and the Australian Blueprint for Career Development at Years 8, 9 & 10, with adaptations for Year 11 and 12 students.
To ensure the content and learning environment is relevant to the participating students, the program is delivered by illuminate Education Australia’s experienced facilitators. This means our facilitators coordinate with the school and wider community in delivering and shaping the content, guiding students through all of the required tasks, supporting teams to grow and succeed, as well as generally sharing their knowledge and experiences to challenge and inspire the participants – and while we are not in person engaging with the students, facilitators are on the other end of emails, video calls and text-based chat platforms at all times to provide assistance with teams. This is done through the careful forward planning and preparation, with all resources prepared upon arriving in the school – focusing the time when delivering the challenge upon the impact of the program without requiring schools to invest significant time in advance of the challenge.
Our regional programs give the perfect opportunity for small groups of students from across the community from different schools to complete the illuminate:nextgen Challenge. With the delivery costs of these programs covered by our partners, this means schools can have students register for the challenge (either as individuals or in teams) to participate in the challenge – and as the challenge is delivered digitally, means students can participate from wherever they are as there are no in-person sessions. This means students in regional and remote locations can also participate in the program, accessing the challenge in a way that was not possible before and working alongside students from a range of locations and backgrounds.
With the illuminate:nextgen Challenge designed to have around 140 students complete the program together, delivering the challenge in school allows every student in a year group benefit from the experience and the skills it develops – without having to leave the campus. The digital delivery mode is based on having students working in classrooms across the school (adhering to social distancing requirements), and all sessions that would have been ones where all of the students participated are delivered as live-streamed sessions into their rooms, especially where the number of students participating exceeds the current guidelines for gatherings.Where interstate travel is possible, illuminate Education Australia facilitators will travel to the school to deliver the challenge, giving the additional support of students being able to ask questions in person as facilitators visit classrooms where this is possible.
What Others Say…
Don’t just take our word about the benefits of the illuminate:nextgen Challenge – here are testimonials from teachers and industry partners reflecting on the impact of the challenge.
“In this rapidly changing world with the rise of emerging economies and onset of digital disruption, programs like the illuminate:nextgen Challenge are absolutely critical to regional communities. Rather than seeing change as a threat, illuminate Education opens the eyes of our young people to the opportunities that change presents.”
– TIM WATSON, General Manager, Dorset Council, TAS
““I have enrolled students in the illuminate:nextgen Challenge for many years. illuminate Education excels at motivating young people to become the independent learning, self-directed adults that our nation so desperately needs. Their provision of real-world learning is second to none and their programs are still talked about by students many years after they’ve left school. Best of all illuminate Education’s programs target those cross-curricular priorities that are so difficult to address in the day-to-day classroom.”
– BOB ASHBY, Teacher, Sheffield School, Tas
“Technical capabilities are the necessary, but not sufficient attributes for people hired into my organisation. The best candidates complement their technical capability with emotional intelligence along with the skills taught by Illuminate Education. Working at today’s speed of business requires employees to bring more to the workplace. Creativity, a willingness to collaborate, natural curiosity and the ability to contribute to effective teamwork are key characteristics of tomorrow’s high performing leaders.”
– MIKE FAULKNER, Managing Director (Australia and New Zealand), Verizon Enterprise
“The illuminate:nextgen Challenge pushes students to extend themselves in a positive, supportive setting. It helps student to develop the real-world skills necessary for any workplace, and exposes them to study and career options. The program helps students to unlock their full potential and discover their future.”
– BRENDAN TAIG, Careers Practitioner, Suzanne Cory High School, Vic
“The illuminate:nextgen Challenge was exactly that, a challenge. The students really enjoyed the program and were able to stretch themselves and learn new skills. It also changed their perspective on learning and propelled them to the top of their classes.”
– CATHERINE EPPEN-VAN DER AA, Head of Humanities and Languages, Mandurah Baptist College, WA
“The illuminate:nextgen challenge was, as described by one of our students at our school’s end of year awards ceremony, a life changing experience for our Year 10 students. The week created such a positive vibe amongst those doing the challenge and indeed, throughout the entire school, and students from all years seemed to be taking an active interest. It certainly allowed our students to develop all of those ’21st century skills’ that everyone is talking about – self-directed learning, leadership, team-work, stress management, time prioritisation, meeting deadlines, innovative and creative thinking and public-speaking, with that all important exposure to how a business works. I really do believe that this challenge, and the skills that were developed by students, will have a lasting impact on them, not only for success in Year 11 and 12, but also post-school education and in their working lives. A huge thank-you must go to the illuminate Education team and to our local business people that so willingly volunteered their time to be a part of the program. What invaluable mentors our students have had!”
– DALE MASSIE, HSIE Teacher, Terrigal High School, NSW
“The value of illuminate Education cannot be underestimated. Their expertise in terms of being able to connect with students, industry experts and curriculum content – and bringing them all together in a dynamic and meaningful way for our prospective students – is very powerful. We’ve received so much positive feedback about our illuminate:nextgen Challenge business workshops that we’ve expanded our program with them– in order to reach out to even more students than we can ever bring to campus. One of the most common things we hear from our students is the illuminate:nextgen Challenge experience has been life-changing for them. In addition to opening their eyes to the basics of running a business, the illuminate:nextgen Challenge program inspires them about the opportunities of a business education, and the life-long skills that it can give them. Even our staff who participate have said that the illuminate:nextgen Challenge has literally been one of their career
– ALEX KHO, Marketing and Development Manager, Faculty of Business and Law, Deakin University, Vic
“Thank you and your team for the fantastic experience had by our students during the illuminate:nextgen Challenge. Our students were engaged throughout and took away many valuable new insights in regards to the world of business and also valuable insights into how they respond to a challenge. The event was fantastically managed, flowed effortlessly and delivered the right balance of expert input with student work. The facilitators were excellent role models for the kids and ran the week in a professional and engaging manner. As a staff member supervising students, I enjoyed myself throughout the week and would love the opportunity to attend again with another group of students ready to take our business pitch to a new level!!”
– ERIC RADICE, Teacher, Yule Brook College, WA
“From my previous experiences working with illuminate Education, I have seen kids given the opportunity to explore their ideas and put them in to practice in front of real people from the business community and have the opportunity to receive constructive feedback. It seems incredibly powerful to give children from primary to secondary school age these opportunities – I think the more children that can be reached with these programs the better. The world is a fast changing place and we need the leaders of tomorrow to learn these sort of things differently and earlier than past generations.”
– DANIEL SHELTON, Bank Manager, Mystate, Tas
“The future of our world is in these young people’s hands and this program allows the students to have an opportunity to think outside the box and have input into changes that they would one day like to witness. The 21st century skills that this program offers can’t necessarily be taught in a classroom. It is a great kick-start to their career pathway.”
– ELYCE BATES, Careers Advisor, Terrigal High School, NSW
“Regional Development Australia Tasmania has been a long-time supporter of the work that illuminate Education undertakes with our next generation of potential business leaders. The team at illuminate Education deliver a comprehensive program introducing secondary students to the basic foundations of running a business. Importantly, they do it in a way that enthusiastically engages students, which no doubt installs a level of confidence for the participants to become small business champions of the future.”
– CRAIG PERKINS, CEO and Director of Regional Development, Regional Development Australia Tasmania, Tas
“The nextgen Challenge has evolved and grown over past few years. It has become one of Riverside High Schools priorities as an educational activity outside the normal curriculum. The students are given an amazing opportunity to experience the world of work in a truly invigorating and educational environment. All aspects of the week-long challenge are well planned and relevant to the challenge. All students should experience something like this in their journey through high school.”
– AMANDA CLARIDGE, Assistant Principal, Riverside High School, Tas
“I have been really impressed with [illuminate Education’s] program and the quality of the ideas that the students generate… As a member of the business community, I have valued the opportunity to share some Marketing theory along with industry/business examples to bring this to life, keeping the attention of the students. This opportunity and experience has helped me in other presentation work that I conduct as part of my professional role, simplifying concepts and practising presenting to an audience of 100+ is always a valuable opportunity.”
– SHARON GREEN, Advertising Media and Sponsorship Manager, Sanitarium, NSW
“With only a fledgling knowledge of the business world, I see young people use imagination based design to create business models, products and services. Educating them to turn something new into reality is the spark in the illuminate:nextgen challenge.”
– KEVIN TURNER, Regional Economic Development Officer, Regional Development Tasmania Australia, Tas
“What a week! The students were engaged, the presenters were authentic, and the simulations were as close to a real business experience as one could ever hope for. illuminate Education have created a brilliant programme that is accurately targeted at Years 9 and 10 – they really understand what they’re about. We will be looking to expand involvement next year and beyond.”
– MARK SMITHIES, Business Studies and ICT Teacher, Devonport High School, Tas
“Bringing illuminate Education into a regional area is fabulous for our students who often have to travel to attend events. Bringing the program to them and making the focus for the week on their community gives them a broader understanding of the local issues and potential of the area in which they live. It is great to see the students develop their skills during the week, becoming more self-directed, being resourceful and developing their team working skills. It also great to have teachers in the room who can see the potential in their students as well as learning new skills including teaching strategies that they can then take back into the classroom.”
– PAM WATERS, Program Coordinator, Gippsland East LLEN, Vic
“The illuminate:nextgen Challenge gave our students from 13 schools an extraordinary experience where they applied the great skills they are getting to a real world situation beyond the classroom. They excelled throughout the entire challenge process using real life skills around interrogating information to solve a problem creatively, research, digital literacy, presentation, market research and collaboration. The students grew so much throughout the experience and they readily articulated that learning. A wonderful opportunity to try the real world in a great learning environment. Cannot recommend the challenge highly enough!”
– SHAYNE PLAYER, Principal, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Tumbi Umbi Campus, NSW
“I have had the pleasure of judging illuminate Education’s programs which was a fantastic opportunity for me to contribute to the development of our community’s future leaders. Adam and his team have put together a phenomenal package that thrusts our young people into the challenges we face as contributors to the workforce, whether that’s managing a project, leading a team, or developing and pitching a business idea. It is delivered in an inspiring and encouraging way. Whilst I am always blown away by the creativity and perseverance shown by the students, a major benefit I see in this program is the ability to identify at this early stage, the key areas of improvement for the students to work towards (I’m a stickler for polished communication!). I am sure that each and every student walks away with a greater understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses, and an insight into the skills required for entrepreneurship”
– KAITLIN ROACH, Community Development Officer, West Tamar Council, Tas
“The illuminate:nextgen Challenge was an amazing opportunity for our students to discover things about themselves they would not have been about to explore in the everyday classroom. The way the program was run was exceptional, teaching students about the various elements of running a business, giving them practical skills and then allowing them to “get their hands dirty” by applying their new enterprise knowledge. Students were extended and pushed to achieve some incredible results and the comments since they have returned have been nothing but positive. We will definitely be involved in this program in years to come as it offers opportunities that we are not always able to offer within the school environment.”
– LOU CHRISTIE, ICT Teacher, Clarence High School, Tas
“The illuminate:nextgen Challenge was a valuable experience for our JTC year nine students. Yes, students learnt a lot about what it takes to start up a business. Importantly, they also learnt a lot about collaboration, communication, working under pressure and problem solving. Students were encouraged to participate in a real-world experience, beyond the classroom, to bring their ideas to life. Students stepped up and pushed themselves that little bit further to complete the challenge. We look forward to working with Adam next year to take nextgen to the next level in W.A.”
– REBEKAH BESSANT, AVID Coordinator, John Tonkin College, WA
“The illuminate:nextgen challenge was an awesome experience for our students. They were provided with a level of challenge greater than they would normally experience and were placed in a working environment that allowed them to explore their ideas and skills in a mature workspace. The ownership that the students demonstrated of their idea from brainstorming to the final product was key and their sense of achievement at the end of the week was enormous. Students were empowered by the experience and felt great pride in their success.”
– BENJAMIN JOYCE, Teacher, Erina High School, NSW
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve collated some of the frequently asked questions about the illuminate:nextgen Challenge, that will help find out more about how the program runs. The answers are generic in nature to try and cover all bases, but for specific programs, plese contact us directly to find out more.
We’re not ones for limiting students who should be involved as we believe almost any student would flourish in this learning environment, we would recommend offering this to students who;
- Are interested in starting their own business, regularly shows initiative and is creative in their approaches to problems, or
- Could be leaders in the future, so they can benefit from the skills developed in the challenge to excel no matter their future decisions, or
- Currently considering if further education is an option for them, as it will give them an authentic experience of what an adult learning environment is like, or
- Are excelling in school as this learning environment is self-directed allowing their skills and passions to drive their performance, or
- Are disengaged from learning, as students explore concepts in authentic ways and can explore their passions through the way the challenge is facilitated, or
- Are undertaking business, commerce and accounting classes as the content will be delivered by people in the fields to boost their knowledge and allow them to apply the knowledge in a new environment.
The challenge will run for the full five days, and through committing the full school day to the program, teams of students can complete the tasks set. Understanding that schools have different start and end times, the schedule is set to run from 9:15 am until 2:45 pm each day, with an awards ceremony that is streamed live on Facebook on Friday evening.
As the program is delivered in a digital environment, the software put in place can accommodate up to 200 students with ease, taking into account some students will be participating as teams made up of students from one school, and other teams will be made up of students that have registered as individuals.
As the program is completed in teams, illuminate Education Australia recommends that students should complete the program in teams of between five (5) and eight (8) students, with the recommended number being seven (7) students per team.
Due to the digital nature of the challenge, parents and/or teachers are permitted to enter students on an individual basis and illuminate Education Australia will randomly allocate students to teams to complete the challenge.
We keep the exact wording of the theme secret until the opening presentation of the challenge, to add to the excitement and pressure of the experience. This ensures that all students have the opportunity to approach the challenge with an open mind, but the theme will be relevant to the economy and region. In the past we’ve given students themes such as social entrepreneurship, sustainability, tourism development, manufacturing and exporting internationally, and much more.
No. The illuminate:nextgen Challenge is developed so that all students can learn the basics of business and entrepreneurship through the presentations and content delivered in the four/five day period.
During the challenge, illuminate Education Australia deliver the challenge and facilitate all sessions. We also coordinate speakers from the community to present certain content as well as review student work. While facilitators will lead the learning, teachers still have an important role throughout the week when teams complete the challenge on school grounds.
Teachers will support the learning environment with behaviour management where required, as well as provide mentoring support to teams. With a focus on students being independent learners during the challenge, teachers complete other work, but we encourage teachers to engage to learn with the students. Teachers are supported in how to best help through being provided with a teacher handbook for the week, and can consult with the facilitators from illuminate Education Australia for any additional assistance.
At the conclusion of the program, an awards ceremony will be hosted to celebrate students’ achievements across the challenge. Awards will be presented to teams and schools, based on criteria as set out at the beginning of the week.
There are no specific supervision requirements for the five days of the challenge, however, the school should follow their risk management policy, whether students are completing the challenge from their own home or on the school grounds.
illuminate Education Australia facilitators are online for the duration of the challenge and support the learning environment, so there is no requirement for subject-specific teachers to be involved – and we encourage schools to be creative in allocating staff or parent volunteers to reduce the impact on the school.
Awards will be presented for tasks submitted throughout the challenge as well as overall awards at an award ceremony on the last day of the challenge. The judging panel will be made up of representatives from the community as well as supporters of illuminate Education, with all work assessed against eight criteria:
- Strategy & Organisation
- Research & Inquiry
- Creativity & Innovation
- Financial Interpretation
- Use of Digital Technology
- Real World Application
Every task has rubrics that outlines the level of achievement to receive marks, and these are accessible to students throughout the challenge. Three awards are handed out based on popular vote – the Best Demonstration Hall Site based on those who have seen the prototypes set up, and there are two student voted awards. The major awards (Overall Best Solution, Runner Up and Third Place) are a total of the marks teams have been awarded across all aspects of the challenge, excluding public votes, with each task weighted.
Yes – and we encourage this to happen. After the program is completed, the school can be provided with digital versions of all submitted work after the program upon request.
As the challenge is delivered online, it is expected students have access to the following;
- A working internet connection,
- An internet connected device, most like a laptop, but students could choose to use a mobile phone or tablet, however this is not recommended due to the preparation of documents such as financial tables, reports and videos,
- Pens and paper, to take notes and document throughout the challenge, and
- As the challenge progresses, students may decide to bring in additional resources to help with their team’s work.
Across the challenge, we use a range of online software and platforms that are all accessible via web browsers which reduce the requirement of installing extra software in advance. The services include;
- Gather which is our video conferencing platform hosted from Australian servers by illuminate Education Australia. This will host brief live sessions where students can interact with speakers and facilitators, as well as being able to individually ask for specific assistance across the platform.
- YouTube as all pre-filmed sessions are hosted online as unlisted links (and shared with students as part of their morning briefing notes), which help students learn about key concepts including financial accounting, marketing, strategy, collaboration, inquiry and communication techniques amongst many others.
- Collaborate which is our text-based communication platform hosted from Australia servers by illuminate Education Australia, which will be used for the students to meet, discuss and complete the challenge. Individual accounts will be provided for students who register individually, and team accounts will be provided for team registrations from schools.
- The Student Resources website is where students can refer to and find online toolkits, activity guides, templates and submission forms for all tasks. This creates an easy and accessible place for students to access key information and gain assistance from additional information that supports the challenge.
When the program is being run in a single school, we recognise that schools have platforms in place that students have become comfortable with using recently, and ask that we have accounts for our staff established within these platforms to facilitate the challenge. Additional information about how we uses these platforms can be provided upon request.
As outlined in the software and platforms used in the challenge, all platforms where students engage in a two-way method (Gather, Collaborate & the Students Resources Website) are all hosted on Australian servers based in Sydney with software installed and managed by illuminate Education Australia, ensuring that student data does not leave the country. All student data is wiped within five days of completing the challenge, and all platforms are hosted online and accessible using web browsers, relying the on the secure connection between the browser and the server to encrypt all data.
There is no specific dress code for the challenge, however we would expect students would wear their normal school uniform while completing the challenge. On Friday, we prefer to allow students to wear neat attire relevant to their business idea for filming the final submission, but ask teams to approve it with us to ensure it is professional and relevant for their business. With this in mind, schools should consider getting approval in advance for students to wear alternate clothes for the final day of the challenge.
All sessions and tasks throughout the challenge are aligned with the Australian Curriculum. The challenge meets content descriptors for English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities and Social Sciences, Technologies, the Arts and Work Studies, as well as the Australian Blueprint for Career Development and Tasmania’s MyEducation framework. These are available upon request from illuminate Education directly.
Our focus is to make the process as easy as possible, and we will discuss the program closely with the relevant staff to ensure it is a success. However here is a quick list to help start the advance preparations;
- We’d like to have as many of your students participate in the program as possible, and this is why we are asking schools to let us know what week would suit them best.
- As the challenge is designed to run digitally and respect the guidelines around COVID-19 restrictions, especially around social distancing, the challenge is designed to allow students to work in classrooms in their teams to complete the challenge. All sessions that would have required students to gather in large numbers (that is permitted under the current restrictions) will be broadcast into these classrooms as video calls or YouTube links, and the school would be provided with a schedule and relevant links to know what session needs to be viewed at which time.
Outside of these questions, illuminate Education will coordinate the program, provide resources and speakers for the program to be a success.
With all of our staff either working in schools or qualified teachers, we recognise that sometimes students can choose not to engage in the content and have a number of adjustments we can make to the program. Facilitators may make amendments to the program to support students engagement, they could present scaffolded templates for students to help them complete the task required of them, or else will engage with the school about the student/s in question to ensure the best outcome can occur. We would like to see every student completes the program and gains some benefit, but recognise this cannot always be the case.
We know that schools have requirements around students participating in program such as this, however we anticipate this will be reduced due to school registrations not needing to leave campus to participate. However illuminate Education does request permission for the following;
- Permission to collect student details (such as names, date of birth, career interest) to track the students in the program and provide details to partners where students have shown an interest in career areas.
- Permission to take photos during the week and use these for our own purposes, including promoting the program.
All registrations will be provided with a link to an online permission form, which should be completed by the parent and/or guardian of the students participating. With school registrations, it is expected that teachers would provide this web link to the parents.
From this permission form, individual accounts are generated (for those registering as individuals) and team details are collated (for those registering as part of a school team).
There are a range of changes around changing the delivery mode of the challenge from in person to digital, mainly made to take into account the opportunities and limitations of digital delivery. These include the following;
- Only a small number of presentations are delivered live, which is based upon limiting bandwidth usage for those with low internet however sessions where two-way engagement build understanding and clarity are still live,
- Extra emphasis is put on collaborating using digital platforms in the opening session, with time allocated at the start of the program to help the team connect,
- All sessions where students would gather together in large numbers are removed. The Panel feedback session is replaced with an appointment structure where teams meet with an individual mentor for a short period of time, and the Pitch Presentation and Demonstration Hall tasks are replaced with the Business Launch Video that creates a pre-filmed presentation that can be watched by judges and fellow students remotely.
- The Communication Workshop on Day 2 contains extra information on video editing and communicating using digital platforms, taking into account the different presentation method students will use.
- There is a higher reliance of videos in key tasks, including filming the Elevator Pitch, a Marketing Task and the Business Launch video. The reason for multiple tasks is for students to be comfortable with the skills required to support completing the Business Launch video which gets shared widely as an externally judged piece of work.
- Students will spend all five days using digital platforms, including the text-based collaboration environment.
- The awards ceremony is streamed live online (through Facebook) allowing for a wider audience to tune into the session, including allowing family members from outside of the region to watch at the same time.
For those who have been involved in the challenge, you will recognise that these modifications have been made to enhance the digital learning environment without taking away from the key skills and knowledge that are developed in the challenge experience.
While individual registrations will not be working physically with their team, there are other benefits that will outweigh this factor. Students will be allocated into teams knowing that those who are working with also registered as an individual, and facilitators will be able to provide extra support as we will be able to view their collaboration discussions to answer questions and proactively support where needed. Outside of this, the experience is designed firstly for students to complete remotely (as individuals) and scaled to then allow teams to enter from schools.
There are so many definitions and assumptions around who and what an entrepreneur is! At illuminate Education, we recognise that is about skills that the individual has rather than an occupation, and with that in mind believe the following are three integral skills to be an entrepreneur;
- Self-motivated as they get their drive from within themselves rather than requiring external motivation. In this, we mean that individuals can step out and develop new ideas on their own rather than having someone else suggest and prompt them to do so, or that they can come up with their own pathway rather than needing someone else to be reminding them to do something.
- Self-confident as they are willing to back themselves to make something happen. In this, we mean that individuals will be confident enough to step out from the crowd and do something different if it needs to be done rather than follow the rest of the crowd.
- Resilient as they will have to handle being knocked back from time to time. In this, we mean that they can handle the hard situations (such as stress, tight deadlines, team breakdowns, etc.) and persevere towards the outcome in mind rather than giving up.
It is from this understanding that illuminate Education has designed the illuminate:nextgen Challenge and equips all students in these three areas across the program.
If you have any further questions about the illuminate:nextgen Challenge, please contact us directly using the form below.
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