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The Next Gen Awards | National Awards Ceremony 2023

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With so many young people leading projects in their communities, the Next Gen Awards have been created as an opportunity to showcase our next generation of young innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders across the country. Over the duration of our shortlisting process, our panel of judges have shortlisted applicants who have demonstrated outstanding innovations, 21st-century skills, leadership, and education in their local communities. The Next Gen National Awards Ceremony has been designed to recognise all of our Next Gen Award finalists, and showcase one winner for each award category. 


The Next Gen Awards 2023 saw over 160 young changemakers and innovative educators from across the country nominating and after a rigorous judging process, three finalists have been announced for each of our six award categories. Join us in person or online for our National Awards Ceremony to hear from each of our finalists as they share the impactful projects they're leading in their school communities, before we announce our Next Gen winners for 2023!


The evening is open to attend for the broader community and will feature plenty of networking opportunities, inspirational guest speakers, and many opportunities to connect and collaborate with like-minded young innovators! 

Schedule Of Events: 

5pm | Attendee Arrival & Registration

5pm - 6pm | Networking & Refreshments 

6pm - 6:20pm | Official Welcoming From The Master Of Ceremonies, Scott Millar

6:20 - 6:30pm | Generation Alpha Of The Year 

6:30 - 6:40pm | Young Leader Of The Year

6:40 - 6:50pm | Generation Z Of The Year

6:50 - 7:10pm | Guest Keynote: Today's Learning For Tomorrow's World | Dr Phil Cummins FRSA FACEL FIML

7:10 - 7:20pm | Young Innovator Of The Year

7:20 - 7:30pm | Innovative Educator Of The Year 

7:30 - 7:40pm | Young Entrepreneur Of The Year

7:40 - 7:50pm | Closing Remarks

Featured Keynote Speaker: 

Today's Learning For Tomorrow's World | Dr Phil Cummins FRSA FACEL FIML will be talking about the changing game of our world and the new social contract for education – how schools can align their passion to purpose to practice in supporting learners everywhere to build the voice, agency and advocacy required to demonstrate the graduate outcomes and employability skills they need to thrive in their world.


Master Of Ceremonies: 

Scott Millar | The tech-head prodigy behind BOP Industries, Scott Millar is a young entrepreneur taking the world by storm. Compared to a young Steve Jobs after turning a year nine business project into a thriving business, Scott is a 23-year-old CEO that has taken an alternative career pathway, turning down scholarship offers after finishing high school to run his company full time, now with a growing presence around the world. As Queensland’s Young Small Business Leader and one of Australia’s top 30 CEO’s under 30 years of age Scott is on a mission to inspire the next generation, showing them the exciting things they can do regardless of their age, postcode or skillset.


Meet Our Finalists:
To find out more about the Next Gen National Award Finalists, head to:


Meet Our Judges:
To find out more about the Next Gen National Award Judges, head to:


Key Details:

Date: Monday the 23rd of October 2023

Location: The Precinct, Level 2/315 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006

Parking & Transport: There is easy access to public transport and metered parking located inside the Fortitude Valley train station, which is a short walk from The Precinct.

Join us in celebrating the Young Entrepreneurs, Young Innovators, Young Leaders, Innovative Educators, Generation Zs, and Generation Alphas of 2023.


The Next Gen National Awards Ceremony has been made possible thanks to Federation UniversityBond University Transformer, The Fogarty FoundationOffice of the Queensland Chief Entrepreneur Advance Queensland, BDOConocoPhillips Australia Pacific LNG, and BOP Industries. You can support us by supporting them! 

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