Griffith University is pleased to host the GLO@Logan Entrepreneurial Innovation Challenge

Exciting news, the GLO@Logan Environmental STEAM challenge is commencing soon, 28–30 May.

The three-day multi-disciplinary challenge focuses on entrepreneurial thinking and STEAM skill development. Students work in teams to generate creative solutions and apply entrepreneurial mindsets to solve real environmental issues in the region. This May, the challenge will focus on the sustainable management of water and waste in the region.

We would love your school to participate in this amazing, high quality challenge and herald your support in building our regions entrepreneurial STEAM champions of the future. Please contact Celeste Alcaraz to register your schools interest.

About the challenge

This GLO Challenge in May will focus on Environmental Sustainability and STEAM.

Monitoring and management of our sensitive ecosystems is essential to ensure sustainability for future generations. However, most environmental monitoring programs require manual labour (i.e., humans) to take physical samples, which is expensive and prohibitive.

We are challenging you to employ your entrepreneurial mindset to invent an inexpensive remote technological device to measure changes in the environment. e.g. measuring water quality in the community or monitoring waste.  You have the opportunity to provide solutions to enhance the environmental sustainability of your school and the general community as a whole.

Nominate your year 10 teams (4 per team max) to join in this immersive multi-disciplinary educational challenge this May.

The Program

Day one introduces students to entrepreneurial thinking— identifying opportunities, building a value proposition and creating consumer personas.

Day two and three moves to the Collaboratory where students learn about human-centred design and prototype using 3D printers, robotics, virtual reality and coding technologies.

Day three explores branding and marketing ideas, concluding with student pitches.

Throughout the competition, students are guided by key presenters and mentors—teachers, academics, entrepreneurs and specialists.

91.6% of teachers reported the value of the challenge contributing to entrepreneurial skill and STEAM skill development as very good to excellent.  93.58% of students reported a satisfied rating and above.

“The importance of collaboration and  communication, teamwork and entrepreneurial mindset” 

Anything is possible if you put your mind to it”

“Learning new things and interacting with different people from different schools”

“Meeting people and speakers that influence me.’

Event details

Dates: 28–30 May

Venue: Logan campus, Griffith University 68 University Drive Meadowbrook, Qld

Participation is free and morning tea, lunch and snacks will be provided

This event is proudly presented by the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor (Logan), Griffith Business School.

Registration for the May Challenge has now closed. Registration for the November Challenge will re open in due course.

Invitation to mentor

We are seeking mentors to share their expertise in this unique initiative and elevate the Logan and Redlands regions, along with the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Participating in the challenge will signify your organisation’s commitment to strengthening economic and social development in regional Australia.

Please register below or contact Celeste Alcaraz on to discuss further.


Dr Jarrod Trevathan

A Senior Lecturer at Griffith University Nathan and Logan campuses. He teaches within the Griffith School of Information and Communication Technology in areas such as Project Management, Systems Analysis and Design, and Information and Content Management. He holds a PhD in the field of Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science with Honours. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education.

Dr Trevathan conducts research and consultancy activities predominately in the following areas: (1) low-cost environmental monitoring; (2) remote, near real-time water quality assessment; (3) low-cost, remote flood monitoring systems; and (4) online auction fraud. His research goal is to provide evidence-based research to inform best practice planning, data management and community engagement paradigms for low-cost environmental monitoring/management.

Michael Fiechtner

A highly qualified teacher and educator with over 35 years experience across many sectors  He is a published author and extremely passionate about the world around him. He has taught and administered at a number of educational settings both in Australia and overseas and worked for various levels of Government.

For 10 years he has been a water educator and highly engaged in environmental education. He is presently part of the Seqwater Education team delivering the recently launched H2O kids integrated water education program across South EastQueensland.

Michael has some important environmental messages to deliver.

Tony Sharp

Founder of Substation33, a local organisation that provides meaningful work and skills development for volunteers and employees, and generates social returns for YFS and the Logan community. Tony is passionate about creating sustainable ‘Social Enterprises’ that offer people from a wide range of backgrounds the opportunity to mingle, share ideas and experiences and develop employability skills. Ideas to commercialisation is ‘Front and Centre’ of Tony’s thinking.  Tony is the president of Innov8, Logan’s community-led group supporting Logan’s innovation and entreprenurial ecosystem, a 2018 Australian of the Year nominee, Chair of the Social Enterprise Network Logan, and Queensland Community Digital Champion 2018.

Rowan Lamont

He's been referred to as " A design thinker who is good with a spanner”. An Industrial Designer who cut his teeth working for some of Australia’s top manufacturing and design companies. He has developed products for the consumer technology, medical, and FMCG markets. As the Head of Strategy at Designworks. Rowan leads businesses through user-centred discovery to identify and implement opportunities that resonate with their customers.

Grame Hughes

A seasoned entrepreneur, executive, board member and lecturer at Griffith University.

Founder and investor in over twenty businesses ventures, throughout Australia. Business advisor for more than two hundred start up, early stage and mature businesses, globally. Published columnist, awarded businessperson and strategist behind many acclaimed brands and campaigns throughout Australia. Skilled in forensic analysis of business practices, customer psychology, development of conceptual models, planning and implementing through strong design, positioning organisations for growth and optimal market share. 

Youi Insurance | Auto & General | Budget Direct | Suncorp | Bendigo Bank | Westfield 
Porsche | Land Rover | Jaguar | BMW | Mercedes-Benz | Infiniti | Honda | Volkswagen 
Mini | AP Eagers | Talent2 | Allegis Group | Queensland Ballet | Madison Sport | Molten 
361 | Super Cheap Auto | Surf Life Saving | Stockwell | WorkPac | Customs House 
@reality | Cochlear | Brisbane Fashion Month | Salt Meats Cheese | Campos

Celeste Alcaraz

A business lecturer, Yunus Social Business Centre Program Manager and Regional Coordinator for the advancing innovation program in the Redlands and Logan region.

Celeste has over 10 years’ experience in higher education, teaching and applying business and marketing strategy and the author of the GLO@Logan Entrepreneurial High School Challenge.

She is passionate about improving employability pathways, developing enterprise skills, supporting nontraditional and traditional pathways to education and employment. Her focus is on enabling co-creation to enable innovative approaches within academia, industry and the community to enhance regional economic and social capabilities. Celeste is a Director on the board for the Social Enterprise Network Logan and a member of the Innno8 Logan leadership group.

Her publications and research interests relate to the not for profit service sector and employability pathways.


The GLO@Logan Challenge is hosted by the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor Office (Logan campus), Griffith Business School and School, Yunus Social Business Centre and Griffith School of Information and Communication Technology. Proudly sponsored by Redland City and Logan City Councils, Substation 33, seqwater and ENABLE