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National Innovation Games with the Australia Council for the Arts


The Australia Council has partnered with Paddl to deliver a hackathon inspired virtual challenge for the arts, culture and creative sector.

Building a sustainable arts and culture sector during these challenging times requires us to embrace technology. The National Innovation Games is an opportunity to share, learn, experiment, collaborate and define new ways to create more sustainable communities for everyone.  It’s an open intellectual property (IP) Innovation Challenge in the spirit of collaboration - together we can help each other.

The Australian Government has provided funding for the National Innovation Games, which are delivered by Paddl, through the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA).

Challenge Topic

How might we creatively embed technology to deliver more sustainable organisations, practices and communities?

📅 Challenge Details

Date: 19th - 20th August 2020Location: Virtual (Using online tools)

Day 1 – Challenge Day: 10am - 6pm (AEST)Day 2 – Performances, Judging & Celebration: 9am - 7pm (AEST)

The Australia Council National Innovation Games will bring together artists, organisations and cultural practitioners to participate in a dynamic two-day event alongside other creative thinkers and innovators.

Each team will be supported by a dedicated facilitator and include a diversity of thinkers from across the country; graduates, arts and creative practitioners, PhD candidates and other industry experts.

The Games are held online using a combination of Zoom, Slack and Miro. There will be a variety of ways to participate - through breakout sessions, design sprints, performances, support labs and mentoring booths. The Paddl team will be on hand to support any tech and participation needs throughout.

✋ How to Participate

Students and graduates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply with your Paddl Profile and share the opportunity with friends. Teams will be selected by Paddl and consist of a diverse range of skills, backgrounds and talent to ensure an open and inclusive experience.

Click the link below to view more details and apply.👇

Some benefits include...

✅ Work in a diverse team with students from different Educators

✅ Experience working with a real business on a real problem

✅ Learn and practice the Design Thinking Process

✅ Develop your communication and presentation skills

✅ Challenge yourself outside your comfort zone

✅ Build confidence in yourself and your skills

🎯 Business Outcomes

  1. Take away practical solutions you can implement. Share in the IP of any ideas any team develops over the duration of the Challenge.
  2. Build new and or deeper networks with diverse thinkers committed to a thriving arts, culture and creative sector.
  3. Take away media content and ideas of the entire experience for your own practice, business, marketing, social posts and records.
  4. Gain exposure to effective virtual platforms, facilitation of virtual teams and events, and design sprint and hackathon methodologies.

It’s a rewarding day of collaboration that will deliver results.

🏪 Business Participants

If you represent a business or organisation in the performing arts or creative sector and would like a group of talented local students to work with, please contact us at the below details.


+61 3 9514 3000

Or register your interest to participate here.

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