The Big Ideas Challenge

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Split Spaces

92 Sydney Street

#Building 4, Level 2

Mackay, QLD 4740


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What is The Big Ideas Challenge?

The Big Ideas Challenge Event has been purposefully designed in collaboration with educators to engage young people in a fun and fast paced day of listening, learning and doing.

This event will provide your young people with the opportunity to hear from some of Australia’s most exciting and inspiring innovators and changemakers, as well as explicitly developing their

entrepreneurial thinking and human centred design skills.

The event will be delivered across two key sessions:

  1. During the first half of the day, students will engage with inspirational speakers on a variety of relevant and topical areas; including the entrepreneurial mindset, overcoming challenges, failure and how to navigate the shifting ‘future of work’ as a young person today.

  2. The Big Ideas Challenge isn’t just about listening and learning, it’s also about doing. In the second half of the day, students will rapidly prototype their own innovative, scalable and sustainable solutions that make the world a better place. Run by Future Anything, an award winning entrepreneurship program for young people, this highly engaging, fun and hands on workshop will build the capacity of your young people to:

    • Engage with design thinking methodology to solve problems, including emphasising, ideating, validating, prototyping and pitching.

    • Lead self and others.

    • Collaborate and project manage.

    • Be engaging storytellers; pitching (and persuading) with purpose.

Event details:

Date: Wednesday 16th October

Venue: Split Spaces, Building 4, Level 2/92 Sydney St, Mackay QLD 4740

Time: 9:30am- 2:30pm

Year Levels: 7-10

Program Cost: Free. Very limited positions available.

Due to popular demand, there is now a SECOND event being held on Thursday 17th October at Split Spaces. Head here to register for this second event:


We are seeking a broad mix of students, both in capability and talents, who would benefit from exploring entrepreneurial skills in a motivating and supportive setting.

There is no maximum limit to the number of students a school can nominate. While nominations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, consideration will be given to ensure there is a mix of schools attending.


Each participating school will be required to organise and manage the transport requirements for students and supervising staff/parents attending the event.

Permissions and supervision

Each participating school will be asked to manage parental permission requirements and ensure a suitable level of staff supervision for their students attending the event. While participating teachers/parents will not be required to formally facilitate the sessions, their engagement in the activities will increase teachers’ skills and confidence in unlocking students’ entrepreneurial mindset in the classroom.

What to bring:

  1. Your own refillable water bottle

  2. Something to write with

  3. Students are required to wear their school uniform

  4. Morning Tea + Lunch

  5. A dash of enthusiasm, an open mind and a willingness to engage with others.

Preparation before The Big Ideas Challenge

No formal preparation is required before the event.

Key contact details

For further information about the event, please contact:

Deb Allan

Community Manager // Split Spaces



What are the times for the day?
The Big Ideas Challenge commence at 9:30am sharp and closes at 2:30pm. We like everyone to arrive by 9:15am to register.

Can students attend alone?
Unfortunately not. Whilst we are in the conference space all students are highly engaged but we do request teachers/parents/staff to supervise their students during break times.

What do students need to bring?
Students will need to bring a pen, water bottle and their lunch. Students should also bring a dash of enthusiasm, an open mind and a willingness to engage with others.

Is there a cost for teachers or students?
Attending The Big Ideas Challenge is free.

Will food and drink be provided?
To ensure The Big Ideas Challenge can be accessible to as many students as possible, students and teachers are asked to provide their own food and drink as they would on a normal school day. Tea and coffee will be available for teachers throughout the day.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us at

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Split Spaces

92 Sydney Street

#Building 4, Level 2

Mackay, QLD 4740


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