Innovation Student X-Change
Newcastle, NSW Australia & Reno, NV U.S.A

What: The Australia-U.S. Innovation X-Change is an entrepreneurship student exchange program between the University of Newcastle, NSW Australia and the University of Nevada, NV U.S.A.

Who: 20 students from the University of Newcastle and 20 students from University of Nevada will collaborate in teams of four. They will work together over a six-month period on an idea that will have impact either locally or globally. We encourage Big Thinking!

The X-Change:  Dates will be advised in the application. We are looking to deliver this X-perience in the second half of 2018 or early 2019. Over the course of a semester, student teams will work together remotely using technology and additional resources on a social project, drawing relevance from the United Nations Global Goals.    

The Innovation:  Each team of 4 will ideate and identify either a for-profit or non-profit opportunity.   The idea will be developed until the program ends.  Students may choose to continue the development and execution of their ideas post the X-Change program. 

This X-Perience: The program elements are designed to enhance entrepreneurial capacities and include: ideation and collaborative brainstorming activities, design thinking, opportunity recognition, customer discovery, intellectual property issues, prototyping, leadership issues, marketing, financial analysis, pitching, funding considerations, commercialisation and exit strategies. 

You can not discover new oceans if you do not have the courage to lose sight of the shore.

Guest Speakers: Meet our Friends

Jennifer Holland, CEO, Throat Scope
Mathew Dunsmoor, Start With Why
Mike Hatrick, Global Head of IP Strategy and Portfolio. Volvo Group Trucks Technology
Roger Langsdon, Marketing Manager, Planet Innovation
Ben Cooper, MD, Tricky Jigsaw
Speakers to be confirmed

The Sights: Australia

Melbourne, Planet Innovation, Newcastle, Hunter Medical Research Institute, Biami Cave, Aboriginal dancing at Wollombi, Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources, Sydney, Bondi Beach, Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour, and Sydney School of Entrepreneurship.   

The Sights: USA

Los Angeles, Hollywood, Disneyland, Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Reno, Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Reno Industrial Center, Tesla building, Las Vegas, and Zappos. 

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