Green Innovators Competition

Green Innovators winner

Green Innovator Rik McKenzie celebrates his prize of $2000.

Are you the next green innovator?

Calling on designers, engineers, environmentalists, planners and any other ‘green’ RMIT student who wants to get on board!

Enter the RMIT Green Innovators Competition and you could walk away with $2000 and the opportunity to showcase your innovation to the nation. Three finalists will compete at the 2017 Sustainable Living Festival and two runners up will receive $450 each.

How to enter

Any and all current RMIT students are invited to enter, no matter what you’re studying!

All you need to do to enter is to submit an abstract or outline that clearly describes your green innovation, in 300 words or less.

You should also include a selection of one to three images (e.g. photo, design, cartoon, drawing) that support the problem or context that your work tackles and the solutions that you propose.

Submit your abstract online by Friday 18 November 2016.

Judging criteria and process

Round 1: Abstract submissions due by Friday 18 November 2016.

The abstract will be used to shortlist entries for the RMIT Green Innovators Award so it must describe the issue it solves in an exciting and engaging way. The abstract is to inform the judges what your project is about. It needs to outline why the project is important and what you will do to fix the problem, and not your journey of doing the project.

Innovations will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Likely to succeed in achieving intended objective.
  2. Addresses sustainability and environmental issues.
  3. Idea is innovative, new and/or an improvement on existing knowledge or approach.
  4. The idea is clearly presented.

Consider the following when putting together your abstract:

  • What issue does the project explore; What is the specific problem? Why is it important? What agendas or concerns sit as pivotal to the work?
  • What are you wanting to do? What is the outcome you are providing?
  • How do you propose to achieve the outcome? What actions will be necessary, and what actions will you be undertaking (if not to finalise the solution and outcome, to set the steps in motion)
  • Implications: how is the project of significance and hint at future developments.

As you are likely to still be developing the project that you will enter, it is important to write the abstract as if you have already completed the project. Thus say – “this project explored the idea of” – and not – “in this project I will explore the idea of.”

Any RMIT student can enter but you may consider the following for your discipline:

  • Design or engineering students might propose a product or service that delivers a service more sustainably.
  • Planning students might propose an urban planning technique or process that could contribute to sustainability.
  • Environment students might develop a project or program that could contribute to sustainability.

Round 2: Shortlisted entries present to panel of judges on Thursday 1 December 2016

  • Shortlisted entrants must be available to give a five-minute presentation to a panel of judges on Thursday 1 December.
  • The judges will then select three finalists that will continue to Round 3.
  • RMIT University will work with the three finalists to produce a video for each finalist about their Green Innovation which will then be shown at the Sustainable Living Festival.

Round 3: Finalists present their ideas at the Sustainable Living Festival, 4-26 February 2017 (exact time and time TBC)

  • The three finalists will then promote their proposals at the Sustainable Living Festival Green Innovators Event on the weekend of 10-12 February 2017.
  • Each of the finalists will show their video as well as answer questions from the panel of judges and the audience.
  • The winner takes home $2000 with the runner’s up each receiving $450 each.

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