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Sustainability design challenge offers real world experience for students

Southern Cross Uni students studying and collaborating together


Yasmin Nelson
30 August 2023

Ready for a challenge? If you’re passionate about finding solutions to waste and sustainable businesses, the Student Design Challenge is a chance to flex your ideas in a real-world scenario, with a bonus certification for your CV.

Southern Cross University is gearing up to host its inaugural Student Design Challenge on September 7 at the picturesque Northern Rivers campus. The free, in-person workshop provides an opportunity for university students to tackle real-world challenges faced by local businesses while also shaping a sustainable future.

In collaboration with the global student organisation Enactus, and delivered through the University’s Live Ideas program, the Challenge will begin with a panel discussion featuring local Northern Rivers business representatives from a range of different sectors. They will shed light on the challenges they face within their own businesses. Following this, students will form teams to collaboratively craft innovative solutions, which will then be pitched back to the businesses.

Southern Cross University Lecturer and MBA Coordinator of the Faculty of Business, Law and Arts, Dr Owen Hogan, expressed his enthusiasm for the event.

“The Design Challenge is a unique opportunity for students pursue their entrepreneurial, creative and innovative ideas and explore solutions to plastic waste and sustainability challenges that local businesses face. Together Southern Cross students can help industry move towards a greener future.”

Participating students will receive certification from event partner Enactus to stand out to future employers.

"Enactus Australia is excited to be collaborating with Southern Cross University and local industry to address the challenge of waste through circular economy models," said CEO of Enactus Australia, Selena Griffiths.

Students are welcome from all courses and no prior knowledge is necessary. Lunch will be provided. Details and registration. This event is supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority.

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