10 April 2017

QUT students from education, engineering, business and IT partnered with one of Brisbane’s best innovative thinkers at the Disrupting Ed event last Friday. This one-day ideation event aimed to find creative solutions to problems related to education in response to the question how do we educate and innovate?

The event was a collaboration between the Faculty of Education, QUT bluebox, QUT’s commercialisation company, QUT Starters, a student society that fosters and supports entrepreneurship, and the QUT Guild and Society of Education and Learning (SEAL) to provide QUT students with the opportunity to develop their innovation, problem-solving and teamwork skills.

Students identified a problem, developed a possible solution, and pitched their idea with guidance from a group of experienced mentors from LagSwitch, St Paul’s School, Ferny Grove SHS, QUT Business School and QUT bluebox.  

Coding Kids founder, Emily De La Pena addressed 38 education, nine IT and engineering and two business students before kicking off the disruption that saw nine teams attempt to solve varied education problems. 

Dr Mallihai Tambyah, from the School of Teacher Education and Leadership, Faculty of Education, said it was important to develop preservice teachers’ entrepreneurship and students’ problem-solving skills for today’s world and the careers of the future.

“While traditionally entrepreneurship is seen as creating a business enterprise, in an education context it can also mean social entrepreneurship, leading to a change in the way we do things for the benefit of others”, she said.

The winning team, Cat Jam, focussed on the need for collaborative learning with interdisciplinary content creation. The team members now have the opportunity to further develop their idea with support from the Faculty of Education and QUT bluebox. 


Dr Mallihai Tambyah
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One of the winning team members pitches their idea at Disrupting Ed


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