Become an UPventor!

Take our UPvention challenge and turn Waste into a Resource.

We’re on the hunt to find the most innovative idea to reclaim and upcycle resources that would usually be deemed at the end of their useful life.

We want you, the next generation of innovators and changemakers, to challenge yourself to think outside of the box and challenge the way people think about waste as a resource.

To enter the challenge you need to come up with an amazing idea to pitch that uses the theme Waste as a Resource.

We want to see your invention, initiative or idea be born and taken to its limit with no barriers stopping your creativity! (Do we include something here about it being aligned with the school curriculum?)

To submit your presentation, please put your idea into a two-minute film pitch to be submitted by Friday 18th September, 2021.

We want to see how your idea came about, your designs, any research, processes and the goals of your idea and how it will use ‘Waste as a Resource’. Upload your video to youtube and paste the link in your submission – You will also need to upload a completed consent form with your submission. See the FAQs and assessment rubric below for further details.


Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

Most Innovative Year 3/4 UPvention

Most Innovative 5/6 UPvention

People’s Choice Award

Top Textile UPvention Pitch

Prizes TBA…


We want to see your invention, initiative or idea be born and taken to its limit with no barriers stopping your creativity!

June 2021

Registration Opens.

September 2021

Entries to be uploaded by 5pm.

October 2021

Finalists announced.

November 2021

UPvention Winners announced and finalists presentations.

Got more questions?
We’re happy to answer them.

The UPvention Challenge is open to Australian Primary School students in Years 3-6 in 2021. Entries can be submitted by students in groups of 2-4, the year level needs to be specified when entering the competition.

Schools must allocate a contact (teacher/leader) for their school upon registration to receive updates and resources in the lead up to the challenge. We’ll send out any emails to the school contact.

We want to see a film clip no longer than two minutes. Simply upload your clip to youtube and provide us with the link in your submission. We’d love to see the content reflect student work, without too much adult input.

Also, make sure the content is your own, please avoid using copyrighted or trademarked content without permission. This will be checked upon entry!

Most importantly a consent form needs to be completed for each student who enters. Click here to download and fill it out digitally.

There are four categories for prizes. The overall winners in Year 3-4 and in Year 5-6, the Top Textile Upcycle UPvention, and the People’s Choice Award voted by our community.

There sure is! Click here to use the Assessment Rubric as a guide to see what we are looking for. Each entry will be assessed against the following criteria:


  1. Engagement- the extent to which you leave a lasting impression on the audience through imagery, presentation style and other engaging elements
  2. Knowledge and Understandings- how well researched your pitch is in terms of STEM and sustainability understandings
  3. Creativity and Critical Thinking- how well your team has imagined possible solutions to putting waste resources to use, and how you will put  these ideas into action
  4. Design elements- how clearly your pitch was designed through processes using trial and error to come to your best idea 
  5. Connection to Theme- The extent to which the pitch idea addresses this year’s theme of ‘Waste as a Resource’

Register for more information!

We’ll share some handy tips & tricks with you along the journey.