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The Minister's Innovation Challenge

The challenge provides opportunities for Year 8 students to engage in entrepreneurial learning. With support from industry mentors, students apply design thinking, developing innovative solutions to a local issue or problem.

Year Level
  • Year 8
Content Type
  • Program/Overview
  • Career practitioner
  • Head of learning area
  • Principal
  • Teacher


The Minister’s Innovation Challenge provides an opportunity for a broad range of Year 8 students at public schools to engage in design thinking and entrepreneurial education. In 2023, teams of Year 8 students will participate in the 5-week challenge. 


Each team will develop innovative solutions to local issues or problems, supported by their school and an industry mentor. The 3 top-ranked school teams will each receive a cash prize for their school and their final pitches will be showcased during an online exhibition. 


2023 participating schools

Education Region


Kimberley Education Region

East Kimberley College
Midwest Education Region

Exmouth District High School


Champion Bay Senior High School

North Metropolitan Education Region

Hampton Senior High School


Ellenbrook Secondary College


Dianella Secondary College

 Wanneroo Secondary College

Ocean Reef Senior High School


Bob Hawke College


Joseph Banks Secondary College


Balcatta Senior High School


Clarkson Community High School


Butler College

Pilbara Education RegionTom Price Senior High School
 Karratha Senior High School
 Newman Senior High School
South Metropolitan Education RegionCoastal Lakes College
 Halls Head College

Lesmurdie Senior High School

 Lynwood Senior High School
 Warnbro Community High School
 Baldivis Secondary College
 Harrisdale Senior High School
South West Education RegionMargaret River Senior High School
 Gnowangerup District High School
 Bunbury Senior High School
 Albany Senior High School
 Manjimup Senior High School
 Dalyellup College
 Denmark Senior High School


The Minister's Innovation Challenge 2022

Overview of participating schools

2022 participating schools and their projects 

Teams worked with an industry mentor to identify and solve a local issue or problem. Teachers were supported to help students use design thinking to develop innovative solutions. A summary of the problem statements and solutions provided by the school teams is listed below. 


Problem statement  


Albany Senior High School 

People can't find out which restaurants dispose of their food in an eco-friendly way.  

An App (Eco Albany) that tracks restaurants in the Albany region and their current food waste solutions, allowing the community and tourists to identify eco-friendly restaurants. 

Alkimos College 

People are not aware of carbon footprint. 

App to track carbon footprint. 

Armadale Senior High School 

Reduce assault-related crimes in Armadale. 

App to ensure residents can safely travel around the area. 

Broome Senior High School 

Tourists in Broome often find it hard to find suitable accommodation. 

A travel pack that is portable and reusable – provided upon arrival and returned on departure from the bus stop. 

Butler College 

Teenagers are not utilising recreational spaces – less than 10% are meeting current guidelines for physical activity. 

Sports recreational event which promotes young people to socialise and exercise. 

Christmas Island District High School 

Half of turtle observers use white light when observing them at night. During nesting, sea turtles are easily disturbed by light. Once they return to the water, they might not have the opportunity to re-lay their eggs. 

Mobile red-light filter that helps observers see turtles at night without harming them. 

Dongara District High School 

Poor mental and physical health of teenagers in the area.  

Outdoor activity centre for teenagers. 

Exmouth District High School 

In 2023, there will be a total eclipse over Exmouth attracting more tourists than the town can handle. How might we provide information to tourists visiting Exmouth, so they can enjoy the region without negatively impacting the environment? 

An app which delivers relevant information to tourists that will ensure that visitors have an enjoyable and worthwhile experience whilst preserving the natural environment. 

Hammond Park Secondary College 

Improve mental health and wellbeing for students at school so they feel less stressed and anxious. 

Student-led wellbeing committee to support fellow students with their wellness. 

Jurien Bay District High School 

Job shortages for youth of Jurien Bay. 

Online job search platform. 

Kelmscott Senior High School 

Different brands have different measurements for their sizes making it hard to buy the correct sized clothing.  

An app that allows consumers to compile and interpret different brand size guides all in the one location. 

Morley Senior High School 

Students face a great deal of stress and anxiety, in school, at home or out in society. 

A music platform made by students for students where teachers can play in class to help reduce anxiety, help improve focus and allow for success in school to help improve students' quality of life. 

Mount Barker Community College 

Rural isolation is a common problem in small towns and often affects teens mental and physical health. 

The product proposes a support network to teens affected by health issues in isolated areas through an app. 

Newton Moore SHS 

Improve rubbish collection for the local community. 

Drone that can pick up rubbish on the beach. 

Northam Senior High School 

How to bring together the school community. 

Community garden that everyone can contribute to. 

Ocean Reef Senior High School 

How might we provide information on sustainably sourced seafood options, for ethical consumers, so they can make an informed decision when purchasing seafood. 

An app that grants users access to a scanning page, allowing them to scan seafood products. Once scanned, information about the products sustainability, carbon footprint and ethics is displayed. 

Ravensthorpe District High School 

Teenagers who like sport cannot play competitively due to lack of other like-minded students in the same area. 

App that coordinates bus network to take students from surrounding towns to central areas so they can compete in sport. 

Tom Price Senior High School 

Inadequate and insufficient health services and systems in Tom Price. 

A first aid app (MedBet) acting as an emergency response tool that has an S.O.S button, Emergency contact, track your help, first aid steps, and nearest hospital contact and location. 

Willetton Senior High School 

Protect online interactions for all young internet-users to avoid invasion of privacy, and exposure of personal data. 

Online assistant to keep you safe online. 


2022 winners

The Challenge took place over 4 weeks in Term 4 and culminated in an online exhibition where the Minister for Education announced the top 3 award winners. Below are the videos of the final pitches from the inaugural challenge winners. 

First place

Christmas Island District High School

Second place

Hammond Park Secondary College

Third place

Exmouth District High School


The feedback below captures the sentiments of the teachers who were involved in this year’s challenge. 

Such a positive and valuable experience for our school. I can already see a few of my students processing their own little business ideas! I do believe this has opened up a few of the kids minds to starting their own ventures … embedding such skills into their learning environment will only put them at an advantage when leaving school!
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