No notes, no power point slides and a strict three minute time limit – welcome to the Optus Future Makers pitch day.
As Dr Rowan Tulloch from the Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies said “it was so far out of my academic comfort zone, but it must have gone well because they funded me to the full amount”.
Rowan was funded for his pitch ‘The Game Change’. Software that helps university and school teachers gamify their classrooms to better engage and motivate students. The software is also designed to assist students who are marginalised by traditional teaching practices.
Rowan won $50,000 to help make his innovative idea a reality. The inaugural Optus Future Makers program fosters digital innovation that will impact how we socially engage. Geoff Gourley – Global Social Entrepreneur, Daniel Flynn – Group Founder of Thankyou, Jan Owen – CEO of Young Australians, and Paul O’Sullivan – Optus Chairman, made up the experienced judging panel. A tense pitching process took place in front of an audience at the Optus Campus in Sydney.