The Grand Challenge
Help us solve the local and global problem of mosquitoes.
The Grand Challenge 2020 has concluded. Proposals have been assessed and the most outstanding teams have been identified for funding. Each team has duked it out before a panel of judges and live audience to determine the Judge’s Choice Awards and People’s Choice Awards.
Teams will now spend the next 6 months prototyping and testing their solutions, with the option to participate in Navigator and Validator to ensure their projects have real-world impact. Teams in Validator will be provided coaching and mentoring.
To be advised when Grand Challenge 2021 launches, sign up here.
Key dates 2020
Stage 1: Idea Spark Competition (Week 2-4)
Stage 2: Skill Development (Week 5 – 8)
Stage 3: Grand Challenge (Week 6 – Week 11)
Stage 4: Prototyping and Testing (Week 11 onwards)
Stage 1: Idea Spark Competition
Idea Spark Winners
- How mosquitoes might be controlled by Danidu Kudagamage
- Project Fluorescence by Alex Skinner
- Wear-pellents by Kudzai Beta
- Mosquitoes on Campus by Timor Atkins
- Repel in Style by Chelsea Lee
- Repellent Garden by Chelsea Lee
- Mosquito repellent textiles by Deborah Trevallion
- Killing mosquitos with Cashews shells and water fountains by Ayanka Wijayawardna
- Windy Play by Fiona Hawke
- Project mKO by Catherine Mackay
Stage 2: Skill Development
The Skill Development stage is your chance to build your knowledge and skills to make sure your team’s application in the Grand Challenge has the greatest chance of success. Over three weeks you will have access to mosquito experts, last year’s Grand Challenge winners and organisations working in the field to implement interventions in controlling mosquitoes. These virtual events and workshops are free to attend, providing a great professional development opportunity.
Stage 3: Grand Challenge
Thirteen teams submitted their projects to the Grand Challenge which were assessed to determine 9 funded projects.
Those 9 funded projects were then invited to the Grand Challenge: Pitch Competition for a chance to receive prize money. Now those teams will proceed to Stage 4: Prototyping and Testing.
You can watch the Pitch Competition recording here.
- Project MKO
- Deodorant Mosquito Repellent
- Borne Clothing
- Trapping Mozzies
- Sustainable Mosquito Control
- Create +
Pitch Competition Winners
Judges Choice: Social Enterprise
Judges Choice: Best research Project
People’s Choice Award:
Stage 4: Prototyping and testing
Teams that have been provided funding have the opportunity to participate in Navigator (Dec) and Validator (Feb-Apr) to ensure their projects have real-world impact. Teams in Validator will be provided coaching and mentoring. All teams will be required to submit a final report outlining the outcomes of prototyping and testing their idea over a 6-month period.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.