QUT Ideas to Change the World Competition

QUT is looking for ideas to change the world in science, technology, engineering or mathematics from Australian high school students and Queensland University of Technology Science and Engineering Faculty students. Visit the competition website for full details and to view some of the recent entries.

2 April - 27 July Submit your entry
1 June - 3 August Public voting open
9 August Grand prize awarded

Weekly prizes for best secondary and university student
iTunes vouchers

Grand final prizes
Best high school entry - MacBook air and one year subscription to COSMOS Magazine
Best QUT Science and Engineering student - $4000 sponsorship for study exchange (up to 3 people) or MacBook air and $1000 QUT book voucher

You can submit an idea under one or more of the below categories (or themes). Don’t worry, your entry can be a mixture of categories, and doesn’t necessarily have to fall under just one.

Biomedical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering seeks to close the gap between engineering and medicine. It combines the design and problem solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to improve healthcare monitoring and therapy. Use knowledge and skills in biomedical engineering to focus on advancements in prevention, mind and body health, and recovery.

Energy and Resources
Producing clean, safe and affordable energy for a growing population, while trying to reduce carbon emissions, mitigate climate change and protect our food resources, is a challenge which presents untold risks, benefits and opportunities. New ways to produce, store and use energy more efficiently needs to be developed.

Environment includes water, air, the earth and its ecosystems, with a focus on many impacts of climate change which are already being experiences locally, national and globally.

Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living being. In humans, it is the general condition of a person’s mind, body and spirit, usually meaning to be free from illness, or pain. The world needs ideas in health that address prevention of disease and illness; quality of mind and body health; and ways to optimise recovery to illness.

Urban Development
Ideas are needed not just on good urban design and amenities for the occupants of our cities, but on the development and integration of buildings, transport systems, energy and water supply systems that make these very complex entities function.

Information systems/services
Information systems and services can be used to bridge the gap between IT and business.Your idea could guide the impact of information technology on societies, corporations and individuals.

Mathematics is one of the oldest pure sciences and is the language of science, technology, engineering and business. Mathematical analysis and computational modelling are important for solving the issues of today’s complex world like climate change or even new energy resources.

Robotics deals with the design, construction, operation, structural disposition, manufacture or robotics. This can include computer systems designed for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing. You could use smart sensing, electronics, embedded systems, real-time computational intelligence, control systems, manufacturing automation, decision support systems, communication systems, navigation, and/or uninhabited airborne systems (UAV) for ideas to change the world.

Tackle realworld issues that affect the safety and security of all Australians and those living overseas. Your idea could focus on crime, health and/or resource sustainability.You could look into reducing threats to food, health and water supply, and minimise the impacts of climate change, crime and terrorism.

Infrastructure is the physical and organisational structures needed for the operation of a society, or the services and facilities necessary for an economy to function. Infrastructure provides a framework which supports an entire structure of development. You could research the latest applications of intelligent transport systems (ITS), using smart technologies and traffic modelling and simulation to deliver optimum traffic management. Other focus areas could include vehicle emission modelling and traffic noise mapping, monitoring of traffic safety and the effects of weather on driver behaviour, as well as the exploration of international traffic management models used in Europe and Japan.