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    Designathon and PitchFest @ Spark Festival

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    Event description

    Spark Festival - Australia's largest event for start-ups, innovators and entrepreneurs - this year features a very special event for high school students.

    Enter a high school team for this year’s designathon and pitchfest hosted by Atlassian – the largest Australian software company and facilitated by Young Change Agents who help young people see problems as opportunities through the lens of social entrepreneurship!

    What is it?
    An immersive, fast and fun day where high school students use a design thinking approach to solve a problem, ideate potential solutions, create a business model and prototype their idea with the help of Atlassian mentors. In the evening they will have a chance to pitch their idea to the start-up community, family and friends for feedback.Β 

    Want to get involved?
    Put together 1-2 teams of 5 students per team and register quickly to get involved! It’s open to all high schools in greater Sydney and is free to be involved.Β 

    We are strong believers in diversity and would encourage students of all backgrounds, talents and interest to attend.

    Avoid disappointment and register your group now as space is limited and this event will sell out.

    Industry/Entrepreneurs/Educators/Family/Friends are invited to hear the teams pitch at 5-7pm. Please also register for a ticket!

    What's the program for the day?
    Students will firstly work in teams to identify and understand a problem they care about and its root causes. They will then go through a creative process to ideate and determine a solution for which they will create a business model using a social lean canvas.Β 

    In the afternoon the teams will work on validating their idea and prototyping a solution before getting ready to pitch their idea in the evening!

    Additionally, students will have the opportunity to take a tour of Atlassian to experience what it’s like to work at a tech company.

    What's the schedule?
    8.45am: Students and teachers arrive
    9:00am: Welcome and Intro
    9.15am: Workshop session 1 – The Problem
    11am: Morning Tea
    11.20am: Workshop session 2 – The Solution
    1pm: Lunch
    1.30pm: Workshop session 3 – Prototyping and Validation (Led by Atlassian Snr Product Manager Alex LunnonΒ 
    3.30pm: Afternoon Tea
    5pm: PitchFest
    7pm: CLOSE

    What about food + drink?

    Lunch and pre-pitch pizza will be provided to students and teachers!

    Our partners

    This event is made possible through the support of Young Change Agents and Atlassian.


    You may be photographed or videod while attending this event: please approach the organiser if you have questions, concerns, or do not wish this to happen.

    The event organisers may add you to a mailing list so they can follow up, and you can receive updates about their activities: this mailing list will have an easy-to-find unsubscribe button.

    This event is part ofΒ Spark FestivalΒ and upholds theΒ Spark Code of Conduct.

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