Little BIG Idea

Our Judges

The 2017 judges' report

Our three national winners are outstanding examples of how young people will solve for some of the world’s biggest problems in creative and innovate ways. Between them, our three national winners have come up with clever, inventive ideas to help people with disabilities and address the issue of pollution and wastage. These winners and all of our finalists are inspiring and show that the future of innovation in Australia is in good hands. We look forward to seeing the next exciting steps that each of these young inventors take from here.

See the 2017 winners and finalists

our three judges for 2017

Alison Stoakley
Engineers without borders Australia (ewb)

When Alison graduated from the University of California with a Civil & Environmental Engineering degree she had a thousand sparking ideas about the positive impact engineering could have in the world. In 2011 she moved to Melbourne to pursue a Master of Environments degree - and the sparks got kindled. Now, working at EWB, Alison gets to fire up those conversations every day!

Dr Jordan Nguyen

Dr Jordan Nguyen is one of Australia’s most innovative biomedical engineers. As founder of the social business Psykinetic, Jordan is dedicated to bringing a human and moral approach to technology - technology that helps to enable and empower people. He has a particular focus on helping people with disabilities.

Fiona MacDonald

Fiona MacDonald is an award-winning science journalist. Having been involved with digital science website since 2007, she recently become co-CEO of the company. A zoologist by training, she’s interested in helping to engage and inspire the general public with her love of science. 

What a fantastic year of ideas - we had over 1,000 super entries!

littleBIGidea is a competition for all Aussie kids in Grades 3—8. It's been running every year since 2014. Keen to know when the 2018 comp opens? Register your interest now and we'll keep you posted.

Register interest for 2018

Promotion starts 9 am AEST 18/07/17. Online entries close 11:59 pm AEST 15/09/17.
Mail entries must be sent by 15/09/17 and received by last mail 22/09/17. Open to Australian residents who are students in Grade 3 to Year 8 in a primary or secondary school (or are home schooled in these year levels) in Australia. 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 15/11/17. Each major prize trip winner must travel to USA by 30 June 2018. 
See Terms and conditions for full details. Promoter is Origin Energy Retail Limited (ABN 22 078 868 425) of Level 6. 321 Exhibition Street Melbourne VIC 3000.