Little BIG Idea

our judges

Our three judges (and brains trust) for 2018

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Dr Jordan Nguyen Head judge and ambassador (for the second year!)

Dr Jordan Nguyen is one of Australia’s most innovative biomedical engineers. He’s committed his work to improving the lives of as many people as possible. An internationally renowned engineer for humanity, Jordy designs life-changing technologies to transform the lives of people with disabilities through his role as founder of Psykinetic, a social business committed to bringing positive, sustainable and life-altering change.

“Origin has received thousands of entries since the competition first started in 2014 and the calibre of inventions continues to be outstanding – I’m really excited to see what the class of 2018 brings.”

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Anna CainEngineers Without Borders (EWB) Volunteer Outreach Lead

Anna chose a career in engineering because of the potential to contribute positively to solving global issues. For the past 7 years she's worked in the renewable energy industry supporting Australia's transition from fossil fuels to clean energy - a fundamental part of Australia's contribution to addressing climate change and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.  

" EWB's School Outreach teams are blown away every day by the solutions kids come up with in our school-based humanitarian engineering workshops. It's inspiring to think of all the positive ideas and inventions that kids growing up today will bring into the world. I can't wait for their littleBIGideas!"

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Paging Fun Mums - Jenni Ferguson and Louise Thomsen Parenting bloggers

Louise and Jenni founded Paging Fun Mums over 5 years ago as a dynamic space to access creative ideas, activities and stories for mothers and parents alike. Today, their network of over 350,000 people has truly grown into a community hub, channeling fun and inspiring ideas for families to learn and play with.

“We think kids have the greatest imaginations and the potential to be incredible problem-solvers. We’re so excited to see what inspiring and fun ideas they share this year, we’re even more excited to have three children live out their dream trip to NASA in the USA! Can we come?”

Judges tips: 4 things to remember

1: Keep videos short and snappy!

If you're making a video, it must not exceed one minute in length. Videos longer than a minute will mean your entry is immediately disqualified. Sorry!

2: Images and diagrams - not for extra text!

By all means upload images and/or diagrams, but don't crowd them with extra text. Having lots of text on an image may count against you, particularly if it means you exceed the 200 words limit! Some text is allowed of course - just don't overdo it.

3: One entry only - save the other for next year!

You can't enter more than once, so make sure you're happy with your entry before you send it! If you do send more than one, we'll only look at your first.

4: Winners gotta be able to go!

Major prize winners must be available to travel to the USA before 30 June 2019.

Our fine judges will delve into each and every entry, and use their smarts to award points to  the most innovative, the most viable, and the most beneficial inventions.

Phew! They've got a big job ahead.

From the highest·scoring ideas, the judges will select four finalists from each of the three categories:
Years 3 & 4, Years 5 & 6 and Years 7 & 8.


Entries for the 2018 competition have now closed
Did you get your littleBIGidea in?
Stay tuned for news - we'll announce the 12 finalists in the week beginning 16 October.