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BIOTECH FUTURES

BIOTECH FUTURES CHALLENGE 2024

BIOTech Futures is on the hunt for bright high school students with fresh ideas from around the globe. If you have an idea that solves a problem, we want to hear about it. 

Join us for our first in-person design workshop. Register below, spots are limited!

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WHAT IS IT?

A HEAD START FOR THE
BRIGHTEST YOUNG MINDS

BIOTech Futures is an innovation and mentorship program that aims to empower the brightest young minds. Our initiative connects high school students in urban, regional and remote areas with world-class academics to think creatively about scientific inspired solutions to challenges in the fields ranging from medicine and health to sustainable environment, emerging technologies, regulations and ethics.

Since its inception in 2019, BIOTech Futures has produced almost 2000 student alumni from 80 schools across metropolitan, regional and rural Australia and around the globe. These students have been paired with 300 academic mentors on 400 research project towards innovative technologies to overcome industry-focused challenges in biomedical engineering. Read our 2023 outcomes here:

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OUTREACH

OUTREACH TRIP TO REGIONAL NSW

Find out more about our Outreach.

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KEY INTERNATIONAL DATES 2024
Find out more about our Queensland and Victoria Chapters

JUN

11

SEP

23

JUL

15

JUL

22

SEP

9

OCT

14

Registration opens

Registration close

Challenge begins

Project submission

Finalists shortlisted

Symposium & Science Fair

REFINING EDUCATION & COMMUNITY

A PLATFORM THAT SUPPORTS OUR BIOTECH COMMUNITY

At BIOTech Futures, innovation comes first. In 2022 we launched BIOTech Connect. This is an all-in-one platform for all challenge participants, mentors, and supervisors. This initiative promote and cultivates a growing, diverse and cross-cultural international biotech community to learn from each other, share ideas, and celebrate and uplift young thinkers. Learn more about BIOTech Connect.

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DESIGN SOMETHING THAT SOLVES A PROBLEM

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The competition is open annually to students in years 9-12 who think differently, to create products that work better.

The judges – and Prof. Hala Zreiqat especially – are drawn to projects that employ clever yet simple engineering and scientific principles and address clear problems.

As well as proving a project’s technical viability, we love entrants to show us creativity and collaboration, too.

This year BIOTech Futures will also be looking for entries that address a sustainable issues and humanitarian engineering and what that means in the context of Australian priority areas and globalisation.

THE BRIEF

PRIZES

WHAT'S AT STAKE?

BIOTech Futures is a chance to highlight your skills to give you the confidence and passion to pursue STEM and supercharge your education. As well as having the opportunity to win from a selection of great prizes, you can kick-start your career and work together with your peers and classmates to create something innovative that you can be proud of.

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3D Printer for your school

Solar Powered phone charger

Telescope

BIOTech Futures Trophy

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EVENTS

SYMPOSIUM 2023
REVIEW

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Find out more about our Symposiums.

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235+

high school attendees

from 21 urban, regional and remote schools across Australia & New Zealand

8+

mentor stalls

featuring activities in VR, biochemistry, nanoscience, robotics and anatomy

3

guest presenters talks

on fields in data science, machine learning, sustainability and scientific collaboration

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 "Ambitious students have the ability to develop innovative ideas and technologies that can change the world. BIOTech Futures rewards those who have the persistence and tenacity to develop their ideas."

Prof. Hala Zreiqat AM - BIOTech Futures Founder & Director

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