Innovation Games begin on the Gold Coast

Ten teams of businesses, students and graduates will compete in the The National Innovation Games launched on the Gold Coast this week.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said ten teams of businesses, students and graduates will put their minds to the test in the competition, which fosters creative thinking and collaboration.

Federal industry, science and technology minister Karen Andrews said that the Games would bring together Australia’s best and brightest with industry leaders.

“Each SME will grapple with the day’s challenge, thinking outside of the box and collaborating to unlock innovative solutions,” Andrews said.

“The great thing about these Games is even those who don’t win walk away with know-how which will help them to grow their business and create new job opportunities.

“The Morrison Government is also determined to boost STEM participation and innovative business thinking, that’s why we’re providing $3.5 million over two years for the delivery of the Games.”

Federal employment and skills minister Michaelia Cash said the Games were a great example of how small businesses can benefit from embracing technology and creative thinking.

“These Games are just another example of how our government is supporting those who put their hand up to have a go, especially in the small business sector.”

Today’s event on the Gold Coast is the first of up to 30 that will be rolled out in every state and territory, in both metropolitan and regional areas.

At the end of each Games, teams will pitch their solutions and the winners will be chosen by a judging panel. Future Games will draw on a broad range of innovation, technology and digital challenges.