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13 October 2022

Future Anything today announces the 40 teams of high school entrepreneurs from across Australia who will be pitching their innovative, scalable and sustainable ideas live online to a global audience in the Future Anything 2022 National Semi Finals. 

In 2022, nearly 50 Australian schools have built enterprising mindsets in their classrooms, challenging their students to create innovative, sustainable and scalable solutions to the problem they care about through Future Anything’s Activate in-curriculum program.

Close to 5000 students in schools, from Far North Queensland to South Australia, have researched, developed and prototyped for-purpose business solutions that will make the world a better place.

The top 40 teams now come together in eight online events to pitch live for the chance to progress to the high profile Future Anything National Grand Final, to be held in Brisbane in November.

Nicole Dyson, Founder & CEO of Future Anything, said “This year we received almost 200 applications for our National Finals, and the standard of was higher than ever.”

“Our young people are tacking a diverse range of the real world problems that reflect the key challenges facing our society. From mental health and to plastic waste, protecting nature to access to education, these are big issues that can sometimes feel overwhelming. Activate equips our students with the tools to understand the root causes of the challenges that matter to them, and the skills and mindsets they need to create  meaningful, achievable solutions.”

Nic added “I can’t wait to see students’ live pitches in the Semi Finals and would encourage anyone who’s looking to be inspired by the ingenuity and passion of the next generation to grab a free ticket and join me.”

Pitches will be judges by panels of expert judges drawn from the worlds of innovation, entrepreneurship, government, education and beyond.

In announcing the 24 judges, Nic added “It’s wonderful to see such an influential and diverse range of thought-leaders volunteering their time to support the next generation of Aussie innovators. The feedback and support they provide through the Future Anything National Semi Finals could well have a life-changing impact on our young people.”

The eight 60-minute Future Anything National Semi Finals will take place online on Monday 24 and Thursday 27 October 2022. All events will be livestreamed with the audience given the chance to vote for their favourite teams with a live People’s Vote. Free livestream tickets are available here.

Winners of the National Semi Finals will progress to the Future Anything National Grand Final in Brisbane on 21 November. Supported by the Blackbird Foundation, the event will give students the chance of wining the funding and support to launch their ideas into the real world.

Future Anything National Semi Finals 2022 - Full List of Teams

Monday 24 October 2022

Semi Final 1 (9am-10am AEST)

  • Chainless Totes, Corinda SHS
  • Accesimaps, Loreto Kirribilli
  • Hands on My Life , Catherine McAuley Westmead
  • The B Ball Bin, Emerald SHS
  • REEFORA, Ferny Grove SHS

Semi Final 2 (10.30am – 11.30am AEST)

  • Happy Koala , Ferny Grove SHS
  • The Beach Loadout, Bribie Island SHS
  • Bearifiers, Emerald SHS
  • Green Canteen, Loreto Kirribilli
  • Swap-A-Roo, MacGregor SHS

Semi Final 3  (12 noon – 1pm AEST)

  • RagBags, Bishop Druitt College
  • Rolls Upon Rolls, CathWest Innovation College
  • Savii, Ferny Grove SHS
  • AlertR, Forest Lake SHS
  • Portafier, Yarrabilba State Secondary College

Semi Final 4 (1.30pm -2.30pm AEST)

  • step up shoe, Forest Lake SHS
  • Dynamic Diffuser, Mercy College Mackay
  • Kufiyahs for a Cause, Brisbane South SSC
  • Sunny Smiles, St Margaret Mary’s College
  • SustainaBee Made , Loreto Kirribilli

Thursday 27 October 2022

Semi Final 5 (9am-10am AEST)

  • Embrace Ur Race , Wavell SHS
  • Just To Let You Know You’re Not Alone, Kildare College
  • SuppliEd, Springfield Central SHS
  • SWAI GAMES, St Luke’s Catholic College
  • Micro Muncher, St Peter’s College

Semi Final 6 (10.30am – 11.30am AEST)

  • Help the Kelp, Cardijn College
  • Keyrings For Change, Foxwell SSC
  • See Yourself, Kildare Collage
  • Eco Bed, Marymount College
  • ZooMees , St Lukes Catholic College

Semi Final 7 (12 noon – 1pm AEST)

  • Honey by Nature, Cardijn College
  • Strawberry, Kildare College
  • Plants for prosperity, Marsden SHS
  • PrimeSlime, Redbank Plains SHS
  • SOAPads, Redcliffe SHS

Semi Final 8 (1.30pm -2.30pm AEST)

  • Bliss & Bio 6, Pioneer SHS
  • Waste2Warmth, Fairholme College
  • colourme, Kenmore SHS
  • Happy Minds, St Andrew’s Anglican College
  • stikky., Marymount College

To read more about the teams and register for a free livestream ticket to watch the Future Anything National Semi Finals 2022, click here.

Future Anything National Semi Finals 2022 – Full List of Judges

  • Aaron Birkby, CEO, Tribe Global Ventures
  • Adele Laughton, CEO, Future Farmers’ Network , Unpackd
  • Alex Afflick, CTO, Audeara Ltd
  • Chloe Alley, Owner, By Chloe
  • Deb Allan, Manager, Regional Development Manufacturing and Water
  • Elijah Buol OAM, Qld State Lead, Australian Red Cross
  • Jim Cassidy, Director, Little Fish to Big Fish
  • Joel Hillier, Director , Solesearcher Adventures
  • Kai Lovel, Product Operations,
  • Leanne Butterworth, CEO, Empathy First
  • Leanne Williams, Campus Coordinator, CQUniversity
  • Lucy Thomas, CEO, PROJECT ROCKIT
  • Makayla Finch, Founder, The I AM Project
  • Marisa Stastny, Global Cloud Services, SAP
  • Murray Galbraith, Creative Director, Syntropic Studio
  • Murray Hurps, Director of Entrepreneurship, UTS
  • Nilan Mihindukulasooriya, MD, Firehouse Technology Pvt Ltd
  • Noah Pronk, Founder, Sticky Pronk
  • Paulette Oldfield, Program Manager, Logan City Council
  • Poppy Rouse, Strategy & Innovation Consultant, Powered by Purpose
  • Sheetal Deo, Founder, Shakti Legal Solutions
  • Summer Howarth, Founder, The Eventful Learning. Co
  • Tim Walmsley,CEO , Bench On
  • Tom Allen, CEO , Impact Boom

To read more about the judges and register to watch the National Semi Finals, click here.

Future Anything transforms young people’s passion and curiosity into innovative ideas that make the world a better place. We support educators to lead authentic Australian curriculum-aligned learning experiences that connect students to the real world.

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