Samsung Unveils Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2023: Elevating the Next Generation of Innovators
Samsung Electronics has announced its Solve for Tomorrow competition is back, a nationwide initiative designed to engage and inspire the next generation of Australian innovators and problem solvers using STEM skills.
Free to participate and open to young Australians aged 14 to 24, Solve for Tomorrow is calling on students to use their creative, critical thinking, collaborative and communication skills to create tech solutions that address the social issues they are most passionate about.
As a market leader, Samsung is devoted to uncovering talent and supporting technological innovations that help build a better society. The ability to connect local youth with industry experts continues to be a powerful method to spark new advancements that yield positive transformation.
With the environment, equality, and mental health ranking as the three most important issues today by young Australians, Solve for Tomorrow provides individuals with an opportunity to bring their ideas to life in a meaningful way that drives impact.
The competition also serves as a launchpad for younger generations considering a future career in STEM, at a time when Australian jobs in STEM are predicted to grow over 14.2 per cent by 2026 – twice as fast as non-STEM occupations.
“At Samsung, we believe in a shared mission to create real change that tackles economic, social, and environmental issues,” said Brett Turnbull, Director of Corporate Marketing, at Samsung Electronics Australia.
“As technological connectivity and social media grows, so does activism. Through Solve for Tomorrow, we are providing purpose-driven young Australians a platform to establish themselves as pioneers and channel their passion into creating a better future by building their STEM and critical thinking skills.”
Since winning the overall Solve for Tomorrow 2022 prize pack after presenting her animal conservation idea, Tasmania-based Meg Phillips has gone on to build her honours around the project and is looking to put the prize money towards testing and creating prototypes of her RFID system. Beyond honours, Meg is looking to get the technology to a place where she can run full scale trials and realise her goal of preventing roadkill. In her final year of a Science and Engineering combined degree at the University of Tasmania, majoring in applied mathematics and electrical engineering, Meg is also currently taking part in an Electrical Engineering internship in Singapore.
“The competition allowed me to stretch my skillset and gave me the confidence to pursue other ideas, turning one of my dreams into a reality. I’m grateful for the experience through Samsung and feel good knowing that I can help make a difference, whether that’s through a bigger idea like Solve for Tomorrow, or in my everyday life by the work that I’m doing,” she said.
New this year, Samsung has partnered with Student Edge, an independent online platform that provides students and teachers with on-demand courses to learn practical life skills, and access job opportunities, and deals, competitions, surveys, student articles and free resources.
The organisation will help connect its network of 1.3 million students to the Solve for Tomorrow competition through its existing How Did I Get Here podcast and a series of five in-person Design Sprints structured to help potential participants brainstorm, shape, and present their ideas. All ideas will receive immediate entry into the Solve for Tomorrow competition, offering a chance to win multiple prizes.
“Creating success stories for students is at the heart of what we do, and we are honoured to work with an industry leader like Samsung on Solve for Tomorrow,” said Damien Langley, Co-Founder at Student Edge.
“It’s a thought-provoking global initiative and locally, offers today’s youth a means to inspiring others and showcasing their passion for STEM.”
To participate, young Australians are invited to submit video or written project proposals by via the Solve for Tomorrow website. A panel of judges will review the proposals and select the winners based on their STEM application, creativity, feasibility, relevancy, and presentation. Applications are open now until 7th January 2024.
With seven chances to win across the Design Sprints and Solve for Tomorrow competition, entrants could receive up to $10,000 in cash from the major prize alone to bring their idea to life. Two outstanding projects will be recognised as runners-up, and an additional will walk away as the Samsung Employees’ Choice winner as part of a polled vote for the best entry. Each winner will also receive a Samsung Productivity Pack, including a Samsung Z Flip4 5G, 27” M5 Smart Monitor, and Galaxy Buds2 Pro.
For those interested in a product draw for one of Samsung’s latest devices, Student Edge will offer a “You Say” competition and an eLearning quiz competition for the chance to win either a Samsung Z Flip4 5G or 1 of 4 of the Galaxy Buds2 Pro.
Since launching in Australia in 2021, Samsung Solve for Tomorrow has empowered young innovators and reached thousands of students, fostering their passion for STEM and encouraging them to pursue careers in the industry.
For more information on Solve for Tomorrow, how to enter and the upcoming Design Sprints, please visit: https://www.samsung.com/au/solve-for-tomorrow/.
*T&Cs apply. Entry is limited to Australian residents aged 14 – 24yrs. Entry closes 11:59 PM (AEDT), Sunday, 7 January 2024. For full terms and conditions and entry instructions visit: https://www.samsung.com/au/solve-for-tomorrow/terms
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