Banksia Park International High School Innovation Challenges – get involved

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Real world problem solving and understanding the Future of Jobs, Skills and Work, highlighting what employers and entrepreneurs are looking for in future employees, founders and partners will be key learning and form the basis of an experiential, immersive Growth Hack experience at Banksia Park International High School.

“Growth hacking is a relatively new field in marketing focused on growth. It started in relation to early-stage startups who need massive growth in a short time on small budgets, but has since then also reached bigger corporate companies. The goal of growth hacking strategies can be many and varied. A growth hack can focus on rebranding, automating, cost reduction, product development, but the most common one is to acquire as many users or customers as possible while spending as little as possible. A growth hacking team is made up of a diverse group who bring a range of complementary skills. The skills include but are not limited to marketers, developers, engineers and product managers that specifically focus on making improvements rapidly in the business.[1]”

Engaging school students focused on solving real world problems for local businesses, startups and organisations, with a focus on scaling up and entrepreneurship.

Over the 2 days, students help local businesses and startups to leap forward in terms of addressing their problems, developing new or improving products/services, building digital and marketing capability, with a pitch competition at the end of the 2 days judged by industry representatives.

Students will be exposed to entrepreneurial thinking, lean startup methodology, concepts such as Minimum Viable Product (MVP), hands on practical product/program development in a short, intensive timeframe, pitching and customer validation.

From a student’s point of view, the 2 days provides an innovative challenge, new connections and the opportunity to demonstrate and develop 21st Century Capabilities.

Students work with business and industry representatives and staff to ‘growth hack’ a key problem, products/services and/or an aspect of the business.  Ideally the mixed teams include people with a variety of backgrounds and skills with access to expertise, coaches and mentors for specific capabilities.

Each event is run over 2 days with guests able to see the final pitches and in this time students will achieve for businesses and organisations what you would usually think would take months or even years!

You are welcome to pose challenges for 1 or 2 growth hacks (no pressure :)) which you can do in person and/or via video and you can pop your ideas on this quick Google form if you haven’t yet done so.

Here are the details on times and appreciate that you’ll pick what works for you at Banksia Park International High School

Business Pitches for BPIHS Innovation Challenge (Year 8 /9) on 2.12.19 by Invitation from 9.45 – 10.30 am Register here>

Business Pitches for BPIHS Innovation Challenge (Year 6 /7) on 5.12.19 by Invitation from 9.45 – 10.30 am Register here>

Student final pitches are:

BPIHS Innovation Challenge (Year 8 /9) Pitches on 3.12.19 from 1.45 – 3.15 pm Register here>

BPIHS Innovation Challenge (Year 6 /7) Pitches on 6.12.19 from 1.45 – 3.15 pm Register here>

If you have any questions please send an email to wendy@wb.switchstartscale.com.au and if you’d like a challenge like this at your school then please get in touch.

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