The latest D3 Challenge culminated in a public pitch event at the Science Exchange on Thursday 10 December, with nine teams competing for a share of $60,000 in grant funds.
The teams were tasked with the mission to create a digital solution to help keep women safe and each had 5 minutes to present their idea to a panel of judges and the gathered crowd.
The teams all presented ways to address the challenge; from innovative ways to educate and build resilience among young people, to personal information storage, social media communication and assistance with appropriate language use around the topic.
The judges awarded the following teams with grants to further develop their ideas:
Technology for Women’s Safety will develop a prototype phone diary app for families, friends and support groups to help women in need via a digital tool kit.
ASMS Innovators, a group of year 10 and 11 students from the Australian Science and Mathematics School, will explore their ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ style solution which will educate young people and encourage peer to peer conversations.
Cartland Law will develop their Artificial Intelligence Legal Information Research Assistant (AILIRA) idea to navigate information on domestic violence law to empower women and aid support services.
We now wait to see what the teams will deliver at the end of January, with each team having the potential to receive funding for further development of their idea.