Griffith celebrates innovative young entrepreneurs at 2018 GLO@Logan challenge

More than 75 standout teenagers will converge at Griffith University’s Logan campus this week for the 2018 GLO@Logan Entrepreneurial Innovation Challenge, placing a spotlight on STEAM disciplines and fostering skill development for their future careers.

The challenge will run for two days, from 2-3 May, and showcase a variety of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) technology, with support from the Griffith School of Information and Communication Technology as well as Griffith Film School, which will provide topical knowledge related to designing with virtual reality platforms, serious games and animation.

Logan Campus Griffith Business School Yunus Programme Manager Ms Celeste Alcaraz said participating in GLO@Logan provides students with an opportunity to hone both their entrepreneurial and scientific abilities as they navigate the challenge of addressing topical environmental issues affecting people in under-represented parts of the state.

“This year’s GLO@Logan challenge is a key component of Griffith’s commitment to supporting STEAM disciplines and enterprise skill development for regional youth,” she said.

“During the course of the challenge, students will engage in entrepreneurial thinking to design a solution to visualise Dr Jarrod Trevathan and Associate Professor Ron Johnstone‘s SEMAT research. This research is integral to solving topical environmental issues in regional Queensland.”

As part of the program, Dr Tim Marsh will present key insights into how to visualise important data with virtual reality and serious game platforms.

Involving 77 Year 10 students as well as 12 teachers and 13 mentors/student ambassadors, GLO@Logan is a joint initiative of Griffith Business School Engagement and the Pro Vice Chancellor of Logan Campus, with funding predominantly provided by the Advance Queensland Young Starters Initiative.

Ms Alcaraz said that the two-day program – which has been held twice before, in 2016 and 2017 – combines creativity, initiative and unconventional thinking with cross-disciplinary learning and topical examples, ensuring its participants emerge with an arsenal of practical skills for the changing, challenging employment market.

GLO@Logan will encourage business and STEAM as a choice field of education, as well as building confidence and networks for its participants while providing the chance to immerse themselves in a collaborative environment with Griffith students and staff, regional entrepreneurs and industry.

The 2018 GLO@Logan Entrepreneurial Innovation School Challenge is sponsored by Substation 33, Advance Queensland Young Starter Initiative, the University of Queensland School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Redland City Council and Logan City Council Envirogrant.