COSBOA Innovation Games (Victoria) 2018, sponsored by AGL Energy
Weeks of preparation led us to the first of 5 major Paddl Games challenge days that form the COSBOA Innovation Games (Victoria) 2018, sponsored by the Victorian Government, COSBOA and AGL and we couldn’t have been prouder of our Paddlrs!
The COSBOA Innovation Games (Victoria) 2018 is a massive undertaking by Paddl Co., COSBOA (The Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia) and the Victorian State Government. It brings together tertiary students, graduates and businesses across Victoria, helping businesses harness innovation and learn new digital skills, while providing students and grads invaluable workplace experience.
The first of the 5 Innovation Games was sponsored by AGL Energy, and the day brought 60 Paddlrs from universities and TAFEs across Victoria, 12 employees from 10 participating businesses on the Mornington Peninsula, 20 employees from AGL and a very excited Paddl Crew to Hastings, near Western Port, Victoria on the 6th of September, 2018.
AGL set the challenge for the day and had the innovation teams consider “the efficient use of energy in small businesses” for their allocated business. Given the range of different businesses, it gave everyone plenty of scope to truly innovate.
An undertaking like this needs people with a wide set of skills and experience, so we brought together Paddlrs from a range of qualifications along with experienced and specialist employees from AGL (experts in data, renewables and innovation) and the 10 participating businesses in teams of 11. Assisted by our amazing Paddl Games facilitators, teams were made up of:
2 business owners/employees
2 AGL specialists
1 Paddl Games Alumni - a Paddlr who participated in a previous Paddl Games challenge
We were blown away by our phenomenal student and graduate Paddlrs who embraced the challenge and got straight to work in their innovation teams. They came from 10 Victorian tertiary institutions - check out this breakdown of where everyone was from:
Breakdown of Paddlrs' Institutions
We were incredibly grateful to have employees from 7 of our participating business join us on the day, coming from:
Jetty Road Brewery
Viticultural Development Services
Ash Marton Realty
Atticus Health Medical Clinic
The day commences
The day kicked off with encouraging speeches from the CEO of Paddl Co., Dominique Fisher, Peter Strong the CEO of COSBOA, Andrew Tulloch representing the Victorian Government, Councillor Simon Brook who welcomed us to the Mornington Peninsula
A Paddl Games day is organised into three 1.5 hour blocks called “sprints”. The first sprint is designed to help the innovation teams start their brainstorming and formulate their main ‘problem statement’ with their participating business. Using design thinking techniques, each innovation team agreed on one main area of focus, which may be a problem or opportunity for their particular business.
Sprint 2 considers as many possible solutions to the problem or opportunity identified in sprint 1, and ends with the team settling on their desired solution - this process is called ‘ideation.’ Possible solutions were considered in terms of which may be the most useful, cost effective, easy to implement and of course successful.
During this sprint, Paddl Alumni, AGL mentors and Paddl Games facilitators were moving from table to table, offering support, challenging ideas and guiding the innovation teams to the best possible solution. As the pace quickened and the tension built, some innovation teams even decided to move their work space outside to ensure they were able to present an awesome idea to the judges later in the day.
The 3rd, final and busiest sprint was dedicated to finalising how the innovation teams would tell the story of their problem or opportunity and proposed solution in their presentations to the Judging Panel - some even managed to build apps and websites!
The results are in
Finally, the most anticipated part of the day arrived - pitch time! Each innovation team presented their ideas to a panel of judges and responded to their probing questions - they were competing for prizes after all. Everyone was blown away by the innovative, detailed and feasible solutions our teams developed in just 8 hours, with the presentations themselves also being of exceptional quality.
The Judging Panel
After being presented with such high quality concepts, the judges were presented with the difficult task of choosing the winning ideas. The winners were:
1st place - The Know It Ale’s
Business: Jetty Road Brewery
Winning idea: Determining energy consumption at different times by capturing data on temperature and energy usage, then optimising electricity usage timing by forecasting weather and venue bookings.
2nd place - Proper Tea
Business: Ash Marton Realty
Winning idea: The Green Home Alliance: Connecting property owners to solar companies through education, incentives and discounts. Offsetting carbon footprint by large scale solar panel installation cost reduction.
3rd place - Grape Ideas
Business name: Viticultural Development Services
Winning idea: Seeking to lessen environmental impact and improve utilisation of energy by reducing fuel consumption using IoT and microbiome.
Honourable Mention - Better Read than Dead
Business Name: Farrells Bookshop
Winning idea: “With great power comes great responsibility”. Installation of energy saver devices which are already available in the market that would allow business to monitor and understand the energy consumption of the different appliances. A simple and cost-effective solution available to any small business.
Hear from our small business participants
Want to get involved?
You’re in luck! We had a phenomenal time during Day 1 and 2, and applications are now open for Day 3 of the COSBOA Innovation Games (Victoria) 2018, sponsored by Canon! We’re after people from a wide range of disciplines to take part, and you can find out more and apply here - all you need to do is create your free Paddl profile to get started!