Between August 2021 & March 2022, The City of Newcastle Sustainnovation team will engage with the local community, students and delivery partners to dive into four challenges we want to talk about and work on as a city.
Learn more about the challenges here and how you can participate as either a community member, business, school or student in the Newcastle Local Government area.
Social inclusion, which is the process of improving the ability, opportunity, and dignity of all people, disadvantaged or otherwise, to take a whole part in society, is important to the people and businesses of Newcastle.
During the City of Newcastle Sustainnovaiton Challenge, Social Inclusion, as a theme, will be looked at from two perspectives, disability and ageing.
If you are in our community and would like to share your thoughts on this important topic, let us know. The student idea and innovation collider session will take place in Newcastle on the 17th & 18th of November.
Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing issues facing the planet. With the recent ban, July 1 2021, by the Australian Federal Government on the exporting of mixed plastics for processing in China, there is a growing movement across Australia that sees industry, government and communities working together to come up with new ideas to get on top of the plastic challenge confronting us all.
Locally, managing plastic waste and plastic pollution is a job that our local governments are taking responsibility for. That is why the City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge #2, how can a smart city deal with plastic, is important and one that we need fresh ideas and solutions for.
Local students participating in this will be exposed to many challenges that businesses, the community and the City of Newcastle council team are dealing with when managing plastic. In addition, the team hope to unlock new, innovative ideas for better plastic management in our city.
We invite the community to have their say on this matter. The student idea and innovation collider session will take place in Newcastle on the 7th & 8th of December.
Why is it important that we consider our more senior community members when creating a smart, livable city? What are the challenges that our aging community has now, and what will they be in the future when visiting, living, or working in a city?
In the City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge #3: How can a smart city support an aging community? The answers to these questions will be explored, and the City of Newcastle students will be at the frontline of creating solutions to the aging community challenges we see.
If you want to have a say or work on the solutions with the students, get in touch with us.
In Australia, the gig and freelance community has been on an explosive growth curve since 2015. The staggering growth of the gig economy (think uber, Dida, Ola, Uber Eats etc.), measured by consumer spending, alone went from $0.7bn in 2015 to $6.3bn in 2019.
The world of work is undoubtedly changing, and it is our next gen’s who will be in the thick of it. The City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge #4: How does a smart city get ready for the future of work, the gig, freelance and creative economy? Is an opportunity for our students to dive deep into the challenges that surround this type of work, and then have a direct say on how the City of Newcastle can support this important and growing area of our community and economy.
We’d love to hear what you have to say!
The Sustainnovation Challenge team wishes to thank those organisations and businesses who have supported the City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge concept and continue to be involved in the program’s delivery.
The Sustainnovation Challenge team also wishes to thank those secondary schools in the Newcastle Local Government area who have committed to having their students participate in the challenges.
Collaborate with like-minded organisations who see value in developing our young people and want to make a difference in their communities. Learn how your organisation can benefit from supporting, sponsoring or collaborating in a Sustainnovation Challenge.
Community, local business and industry leadership involvement is a crucial element of a Sustainnovation Challenge.
Learn how you can get involved and how the Sustainnovation Challenge team will create a customised opportunity for you as an individual or organisation to contribute to a Sustainnovation Challenge.
Collaborating with a steely focus on the development of innovation skills and problem-solving mindsets, the Sustainnovation Challenge team’s vision is helping build the innovation talent pipeline we need for our communities and industries to prosper in the 4.0 economy.
The Sustainnovation Challenge brings together a diverse group of industry, education and local government leaders.