Blog 1 – Big Idea Competition

 

Well, I was Lucky enough to get entry in The BiG Idea competition even in the last hour. Thanks to Bikesh, a social Champ in our Uni who called me last week and invited me to be the part of the competition and this time, there was no any chance to miss this great opportunity.

The Big Idea competition is a national social enterprise competition for Australian university undergraduate and postgraduate students, organised by The Big Issue national magazine.

”Don’t assume, be empathetic, dream big, work hard, co-design, prototype and remember it’s not about you, it’s about those that you are designing for! Make sure your idea meets a need in the market and ultimately contributes to positive social impact and change.”

This inspiring words from our Program Manager Ashley Clarke really inspired me to deeply research in the social issue of Australia.

Well, there were number of social issues like disability, crimes, unemployment, bullying in school, sexual assault but the unemployment issue in Western Sydney region really impact me to do more research on this problem. As per report of Youth action, Youth who are around 15 to 24 years of age have high rate of unemployment in Western region. But the most interesting factor is that there are some percentage of disengaged youth who are not even attending school nor doing jobs or not even taking any training. They are completely disengaged. So, the increasing number of disengaged youth in Western Sydney is creating other social issues like drug abuse, mental health problem and the economy of that region is very low.

I thought this will be the perfect social issue for the Big Idea competition. So, Today, I proposed my research with other two members of our team and they were convinced. Finally, this is our topic and we will be doing research on this issue. We even did some brainstorming over our idea. Our motive is to develop a social business that will help to reduce the disengaged youth rate in western Sydney.

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At the moment, we have sent a draft of our idea to the Program Manager Ashley and We have been provided Mentor, Upamali Amarakoon. Every Tuesday at 11 am to 2 pm we have a meet up in Social innovation hub.

So, our next activities are to meet with our Mentor and brief our idea to her. The second thing is to carry out the research work to clearly define the problem going through Human centered design.

 

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Published by Niraj Thapa Magar

An Engineering management post-grad specialized in strategic innovation and passionate about social innovation to create a positive impact in the society. As a chairperson of Social innovation Club of CQuniversity, Sydney and with two and half year experienced as an electrical engineer in telecommunication, he has built up an innovative mindset with passionate heart to create a better world for tomorrow. According to him, life is all about being happy and making other happy.

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