Grand Challenge Design Sprint

  • Seminars & Workshops
  • University of Newcastle's Integrated Innovation Network (I2N)
  • Brennan Room University Union Shortland Building (US), Callaghan, NSW 2289
  • August 27, 2019, 09:00 am
  • Posted August 1, 2019 08:33 am

Event Overview

Grand Challenge Design Sprint

The University of Newcastle Grand Challenge will bring together multidisciplinary minds from across our community to explore solutions and research around one of the more perplexing problems of our time.

Grand Challenge Design Sprint Workshops

Instead of over-analysing, overspending or proposing an idea with the wrong value proposition, Grand Challenge participants and their teams can participate in a Design Sprint to ensure their proposal has the best chance of success.

Teams will focus on extracting the most critical assumptions of their idea by understanding the problem, coming up with potential solutions, deciding the best option to work on, designing how the solution might best work and then testing it to get valuable feedback. Participants will also be provided with pitch training to assist with developing their proposal for submission to the Grand Challenge. 

Participants can attend individual Design Sprint Workshops however, participation in all four workshops will provide the best outcome for teams. All participants must attend the first workshop as a minimum.

Tue 27 Aug, 9AM-12:30PM

Workshop 1: Understand & Define

Tue 27 Aug, 1-4:30PM

Workshop 2: Prototype & Decide

Wed 28 Aug, 9AM - 12:30PM

Workshop 3: Gather Data & Evidence

Wed 28 Aug, 1-4:30PM

Workshop 4: Iterate & Pitch

To find the venue for this event, go to the campus map.


What is the Grand Challenge?

A combined $50,000 in funding is available to teams who submit the most innovative proposals addressing the challenge of controlling mosquitoes. There are two problem statements to this Challenge. Proposals should include responses to one or both of the following questions:

  • How might we reduce the health risks that certain species of mosquitoes pose to humans?
  • How might we lessen the nuisance factor imposed by urban and invading mosquito populations?

All proposals are required to be socially and environmentally responsible and work towards the benefit of either local or global communities. 

The Grand Challenge is a great way to meet new people, be exposed to fresh ideas, learn new skills and build creative, original work while having real-world impact. Great ideas come from everywhere, so no matter your background or experience you’ve got everything to gain by participating.

For more details on the University of Newcastle's Grand Challenge go to


What is I2N?

The University of Newcastle's Integrated Innovation Network (I2N) fuels the success of innovators and entrepreneurs to build great businesses by connecting them with community, coaching, customers and capital. We do this through a range of programs across our I2N Hubs at Hunter Street, Williamtown, Muswellbrook and Honeysuckle (opening 2021).


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When & Where

  • From: August 27, 2019, 09:00 am
  • To: August 29, 2019, 04:30 pm
  • Location: University of Newcastle - Callaghan
    Brennan Room University Union Shortland Building (US), Callaghan, NSW 2289
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Organizer Details

  • Organizer : University of Newcastle's Integrated Innovation Network (I2N)
  • Website: Organizer's Website