August 11, 2017


On Thursday 2 November St John’s proudly hosted the First Annual Australian Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge. Over 55 students from around Queensland came to the Innovation Summit to pitch their innovative products to a panel of industry leaders: Mr Bernie Woodcroft, Director of ilab Accelerator, Ms Tiah Goldstein from the Gold Coast Hub and Codebots, Mr Gerard Murtagh, the Managing Director of MouldMen, Ms Tracy Constable, Stakeholder Engagement Manager for Queensland AusIndustry –Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and Mr Saf Marikar, Former Google Analyst and Entrepreneur.

Teams had been challenged to develop a disruptive technology that addressed any issue in the world today in the areas of health and nutrition, energy and the environment, aerospace and aviation and cyber technologies and securities. From the 18 teams at the Summit, only 6 teams could advance to the finals to present their innovative ideas.

Team New Echo took away the prize for Best Innovation with their bone-conductive hearing aid while Team Speechability won the overall challenge with their integrated app and database designed to connect people with autism to potential employers.  As the overall winners, Team Speechability is invited to present at the American Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge at the Kennedy Space Centre in 2018.

Congratulations to all teams, coaches and teachers who worked to to deliver a high standard of innovative ideas. We look forward to hosting the Australian Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge again in 2018.