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Tell Us Your littleBIGidea & you could win a trip to the USA
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Step 1 Come up with
a great idea
Step 2 Describe it in words
+ a video or image
Step 3 Fill out the form
to enter

What's your littleBIGidea?

Did you know that some of the world’s greatest inventors developed their ideas here in Australia? From the black box flight recorder and bionic ear to Wi-Fi hotspots and the humble notepad, all these world-changing inventions all started with just one littleBIGidea!

Kids come up with amazing ideas too! Over the years, they’ve invented brilliant things like the trampoline, icy poles and earmuffs. Even the braille system was the brainchild of a child.

Now it’s YOUR turn! If you’re in grades 3 to 8 and have a brilliant idea bouncing around in that brain of yours, we want to hear all about it!

Win a trip to the USA

Winners' Prize

Three winners and a parent will fly to the USA for an all expenses paid innovation adventure, visiting NASA Kennedy Space Centre, Epcot Theme Park at Disneyworld and Ripley's Believe It or Not.

Runners Up


Nine runners up will each receive $1,000.



The schools of the students with the top 12 ideas receive a fantastic classroom science kit, up to the value of $500, to keep the ideas flowing.


How the competition works

  1. Step 1

    1. Come up with a great idea

    There are no limits on how big your idea is. It could be a new invention, an improvement to something that already exists or a clever idea that helps make the world around us a better place.

    Get some inspiration
  2. Step 2

    2. Describe your idea in words plus a video or image

    Describe your littleBIGidea in 200 words or less. To help explain or illustrate your idea, you can also create and submit a video, image or diagram.

    Read important stuff about entering
  3. Step 3

    3. Enter using the form

    Type or paste your text into the form below, upload your video or image if you have one. Then enter your details and hit submit. Good luck!


Judging criteria

Read these rules carefully to make sure your entry is accepted

  • If you're making a video, it must not exceed one minute in length. Videos longer than a minute will mean your entry is automatically disqualified. Sorry!
  • If you're uploading an image or diagram, you shouldn't use it as a way of getting around the 200 word limit. Having lots of text on an image may count against you. Some text is acceptable. Use your judgement.
  • You cannot enter more than once – so make sure you’re happy with your entry before you hit ‘submit’. If you submit two entries, we can only accept your first entry.
  • Major Prize winners must be available to travel to the USA within 12 months of the winners being announced.

Helpful hints

You’re probably wondering, what will the judges be looking for?

  • Every idea is welcome. No idea is too little or too big. The important thing is how it can help people or make their lives easier.
  • Winning entries will be chosen based on an exceptional demonstration of originality, creativity, practicality, imagination and innovation. You should aim to come up with something that will blow our judges' minds.
  • We’re looking for original ideas, but we understand this isn’t always as simple as it sounds. If you find your idea already exists in some shape or form, try thinking about a fresh new take on it – could your idea be a new and improved version, for example?
  • If you had unlimited money and lots of help, it should theoretically be possible to make your invention or bring your idea to life.

We encourage you to enter online, but you can also enter by email or post. Just download the entry form and print it out. Send your entry by email to or post to 'little BIG idea Competition', Level 6, 321 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000.

From the highest-scoring ideas, the judges will select four finalists from each of the three categories (grade 3-4, grade 5-6 and year 7-8).

But right now, get your thinking cap on, grab a pen and paper and find a quiet place to do some serious idea-coming-up-with. Have fun and good luck!

littleBIGidea Entry Form


Thank you for sending in your idea


We will be announcing the winning ideas in November.

Good luck!

Meet the Judges

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James O'Loghlin

James O'Loghlin

James is an innovation expert, hosting the ABCs 'The New Inventors' for 8 years, and thinks the book, phone & computer are our greatest inventions.

Dr Rob Bell

Dr Rob Bell

Known as the 'mad scientist' from Network TEN's science show SCOPE, Dr Rob loves astronomy, chemistry and uncovering the ways and whys of our ever amazing world.

Need Some Inspiration?

We know you've got a great idea in there somewhere.

But if you need some inspiration, check out these videos and tips to help get the creative juices flowing!

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Congratulations to last year's winners

Oscar Robert Mason (Years 7 & 8) was recognized for thinking up the ‘Baby Buddy’ a baby seat designed to alert people to the presence of a child trapped in a hot car by utilising the car horn and a bright light.

Greta Cummins (Grades 3 & 4) won for her fantastic vehicle safety product – a small device that contacts emergency services once your car’s air bag has been deployed and alerts them to your exact position using GPS technology.

William Grame (Grades 5 & 6) was awarded for his design of a small, lightweight test strip disposal unit that can fit into a diabetic’s testing kit.


For Teachers

Origin's littleBIGidea competition is a great classroom activity that helps kids have fun and learn about creative problem solving with a practical focus.

Information for teachers littleBIGidea

Terms & Conditions

Full terms and conditions

Conditions apply – see Terms and conditions. Starts 9am AEST 25/07/16. Online entries close 11:59pm AEST 29/09/16. Mail entries must be sent by 29/09/16 & received by last mail 7/10/16. Open to Aust. residents who are students in Grades 3 – 8 in a primary or secondary school (or are home schooled in these year levels) in Aust. Must have consent from parent/guardian and teacher to enter. Limit 1 entry per person. Group entries not accepted. Entries will be divided into categories: Grades 3 & 4; Grades 5 & 6; and Grades 7 & 8. Winners will be announced Monday 17/10/16. If elected as a major prize trip winner, must travel to USA within 12 months of ceremony. See Conditions for full entry requirements and how finalists and winners are selected.