Teen Start-Up: A school holiday program with a difference
On 22-24th January a group of students visited MoAD for Teen Start-Up: People Power, a school holiday program with a difference!
Presented in partnership with Lighthouse Innovation, Teen Start-Up: People Power was an innovation competition and workshop for high school and college students (aged 11-18 years) interested in civics, citizenship and social innovation.
Over three days, students heard from subject matter experts and took part in a facilitated MoAD Learning program to inspire their thinking about the nature of democracy and the importance of being active citizens and having a say. They explored the innovation development process, from idea to execution, and were challenged to come up with a solution to a problem their generation might face in the future.
We asked one of the student participants, Jacob, to share his experience of the Teen Start-Up program.
My name is Jacob, I am 13 years old and in Year 8. I’m interested in coming up with innovative ideas, solving problems, and using technology to do so.
I have just finished a 3-day Innovative Teen Start-Up course at MoAD, through the Lighthouse Business Foundation, about ‘People Power’.
During the course we had a few guest speakers from Local, State and Federal levels of Parliament. They listened to and answered our questions. We also met with journalists and media representatives. We were asked to find a problem that we were interested in that related to ‘People Power’. Over the next few days we had to find a solution to that problem and present it to a panel of judges.
My friend Kaiden and I came up with an online computer game, to engage our generation in politics. Part of the game gathered user’s opinions on political issues. This data could be collected to make our voices heard.
Jacob and Kaiden were one of ten teams to pitch a concept towards the end of the program. Other concepts included:
- Team ‘Psephos’. Pitch: A simpler, safer, more efficient voting system for small to medium sized elections (tied for first place)
- Team ‘ReminderMed’. Pitch: Addressing overspending in the health system/A medication reminder system using technology for older people (tied for first place)
- Sophie. Pitch: Transparency between the public and the media
- ‘The Fixer’ team. Pitch: Addressing overpopulation/A design for floating cities that are self-sufficient and sustainable
- ‘The Meat Industry’ team. Pitch: Sustainability/Raising awareness about the amount of resources being used to maintain supply for the meat industry (awarded third place).