Thank you for taking the time to apply for the Out of the Blue Box Challenge. We’re excited to learn from you about your idea, and appreciate the effort we know it takes to fill out applications like this.
We are striving for equal opportunity across this program. If you or your organisation have personal needs that would prevent you from applying please contact us.
Through a global search for ideas, we are looking for new approaches to recover the Reef through an Out of the Blue Box Challenge.
Throughout your application, please pay consideration to the selection criteria, and ensure that you have spoken to those areas of focus.
Four entry points to address this problem have been identified below. They ask the question: How can we see solutions through a lens of people, technology, finance, or through the unique way you approach the world?
Approach 1: People
Approach 2: Technology
Approach 3: Finance
Approach 4: How you approach the world
A global panel of experts from conservation, finance, science and industry will assess submissions against the following criteria:
Out of the box - the concept is incorporating novel ideas or methodologies, and is bringing something new to the challenge. This can be something entirely new, an old idea from a different context, or scaling an idea that is working. The concept uses multidisciplinary approaches and advances bold ideas to improve coral resilience.
Technical Feasibility - the concept is technically viable, or has data to demonstrate that the concept is technically sound. Additionally, does the concept have the technical possibility to be deployed at scale. Solution has demonstrated proof of concept.
Value for money - the amount of funding being requested to develop the concept is appropriate in relation to the intended impact and the feasibility of the concept.
Global Applicability – the team shows that they understand the specific context present on the Great Barrier Reef, and demonstrates a sensitivity to the broader reef ecosystem, while having applicability to coral reefs worldwide.
Team - the team has the appropriate technical background and has the management capability to take this concept to the implementation phase.
July 17th: Challenge Opens During this phase, applicants will submit their submission, sharing their solution to the Challenge Statement.
September 3rd: Applications close Applications to this challenge will close on September 3rd.
September 5th - 17th: Review During this phase, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel of diverse experts. Finalists will be notified on September 19th
September 24th - October 4th: Finalist Interviews During this phase, finalists will be invited to attend an interview with the judging panel. Applicants are requested to keep this period available to ensure they can attend their allocated interview.
October 10th: Winner(s) notified All finalists will be notified of the outcome of their interview, with winners onboarded to the program. Winners may be expected to travel in order to attend a public announcement.
October 25th: Announcement During this week, the Technical Challenge Winner will be announced publicly
Up to AU$300,000 will be awarded to one winning concept as chosen by the expert panel and Challenge Partners. All winning concepts will be supported to trial and refine their concept as appropriate for their stage of development following the conclusion of the challenge.