INTERCHANGE 2021 WILL TAKE PLACE IN JULY & AUGUST!

APPLICATIONS FOR INTERCHANGE 2021 HAVE NOW CLOSED 

Open to all UNSW undergraduate and postgraduate students. Interchange is an active learning journey designed to help you find your inner entrepreneur and develop your professional skills, including communication, innovation and leadership.

INTERCHANGE 2021 is a Study NSW Partner Project in collaboration with 7 outstanding Universities. 300 international and local students have a one-of-a-kind platform of theoretical and practical employability learning, where they can establish and extend both their local and international networks. Over 5 weeks inter-university teams create a simulated start-up, identifying and addressing real-life problems facing humanity. The student teams are supported and mentored by previous participants and professional industry experts. Students work and ideate virtually, learning and applying the latest technology tools.

The program is free to students and will be formally recognised on your AHEGS.

Interchange dates

  • Thursday, July 1st (pre-Interchange networking)
  • Tuesday, July 13th (Orientation)
  • Saturday, July 24th
  • Saturday, July 31st
  • Saturday, August 7th
  • Thursday, August 12th (Interchange Pitch Night)

 

KEY PROGRAM DETAILS

Attendance is compulsory for all these dates

PRE-PROGRAM NETWORKING: Thursday, July 1st, online pre-program networking

  • Meet your fellow UNSW students
  • Ask the UNSW team about expectations and goal setting
  • Quick hints and tips to get started

DAY 1 ORIENTATION: Tuesday 13th July

LEARNING MODE: Virtual Orientation Day on Zoom.com

  • 12.00pm Program Welcome: Facilitator introduction & Agenda
  • 12.15pm Teambuilding Icebreaker activity 
  • 12.25pm INTERCHANGE 5 day agenda & outcomes. Introduction to INTERCHANGE challenge problems to solve
  • 12.45pm Important information about your team and mentor. Invitation to join Slack and LinkedIn channels as well as tech setup requirements. Introduction to video resources available to you
  • 1.15pm Learn the secrets of high performing teams. Learn strategies on how to build a strong team for INTERCHANGE
  • 2.00pm Wrap up and close

DAY 2: Saturday 24th July

LEARNING MODE: Virtual Launch Summit
PLATFORM: Zoom.com

  • 12.00pm Program welcome, facilitator introduction & agenda for Day 2
  • 12.15pm Networking activities
  • 12.30pm Meditation and mindfulness with a special guest
  • 12.45pm INTERCHANGE Program outcomes and key information. Introduction to INTERCHANGE judges
  • 1.00pm Inspiring keynote speaker (Announcing Soon)
  • 1.20pm SHORT BREAK
  • 1.35pm Introduction to entrepreneurship, start-ups and growth mindset
  • 2.00pm Masterclasses: Introduction to the Business Model Canvas with FRANK facilitators covering topics such as customer segments, value proposition, channels, costs, revenue and customer interviews
  • 2.45pm Reflections & preparing for Day 3
  • 3.00pm Summit close
  • 3.30pm onwards This is ideally when your team and mentors may choose to meet

 DAY 3: Saturday 31st July

LEARNING MODE: Virtual Summit
PLATFORM: Zoom.com

  • 12.00pm Welcome & agenda. Shared learnings from Day 2
  • 12.25pm Meditation and mindfulness with a special guest
  • 12.40pm Inspiring keynote speaker (Announcing Soon)
  • 1.00pm SHORT BREAK
  • 1.15pm Guest Speaker Masterclass on topic of prototyping and idea testing
  • 2.15pm FRANK Facilitators will deliver smaller masterclass sessions to showcase real life examples of how to prototype, test and mock up ideas
  • 3.00pm Reflections and preparing for Day 4
  • 3.15pm Summit close

DAY 4: Saturday 7th August

LEARNING MODE: Virtual Summit
PLATFORM: Zoom.com

  • 12.00pm Welcome & agenda. Shared learnings from Day 3
  • 12.25pm Meditation and mindfulness with a special guest
  • 12.40pm Inspiring keynote speaker (Announcing Soon)
  • 1.00pm SHORT BREAK
  • 1.15pm FRANK Masterclass on how to create a video pitch and presentation
  • 2.15pm SHORT BREAK
  • 2.30pm Reflections and preparing for Day 4
  • 3.00pm Summit close

DAY 5: Thursday 12th August 

LEARNING MODE: Virtual Pitch Event
PLATFORM: Zoom.com

  • 5.00pm Welcome & agenda for pitch event
  • 5.15pm Attendance roll-call for students who will be pitching and representing their team
  • 5.25pm FRANK Facilitators will deliver smaller masterclass sessions to provide tips and practice for pitching
  • 6.00pm BREAK
  • 6.30pm Official pitch event welcome and agenda. Introduction to the 3 judges and the INTERCHANGE journey
  • 6.45pm VIP Welcome Remarks
  • 6.50pm Pitching commences: 1 -2 speakers from each of the 5 teams will pitch their idea 1 by 1 to the 3 judges
  • 7.30pm SHORT BREAK FOR GUESTS (Judges will deliberate during this time and students complete online evaluations)
  • 7.50pm Winners announced
  • 8.00pm Final words and event close

 

In this video you can see one of the previous winning pitches by international student, Liliana Cevallos from UNSW.

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