The Haileybury Incubator Project

This year has seen a dramatic change in how we learn, live and work almost overnight.

We know that both in their present and future, our students need to learn more independently than ever, work more collaboratively than ever and, most importantly, feel comfortable in the uncomfortable.

Our last week of term had our Year 9s immerse themselves in the Haileybury Incubator Project (HIP) where students developed their entrepreneurship and creative thinking skills and worked with like-minded people across campuses on building a project around their areas of interest.

HIP 2020 gave students the opportunity to learn from and connect with industry professionals who shared their stories and advice on what it is to be future ready.

And over the course of one week they planned and created some brilliant projects!

A Whirlwind Week

Monday began with an inspiring keynote address by Scott Millar, CEO of BOP Industries, who started his business in Year 9 and is now one of the youngest CEOs at the age of 20, working with huge multinational companies from around the globe.

The students then branched off into one of eight chosen cluster groups inspired by the Foundation for Young Australians – The Artisans, The Performers, The Movers, The Carers, The Technologists, The Designers, The Speakers, The Influencers.

Each group attended a keynote speech in their chosen cluster and used the design thinking process and some agile ways of working to deliver a project by the end of the week.

Wednesday and Thursday saw students engaging in live and pre-recorded workshops to help them develop the skills they needed to deliver their projects.

Throughout the week, HIP also held social events after lunch to encourage them to connect with each other and have fun – these ranged from trivia, eSports, NBL playoffs, active options, creating a grazing platter and a movie afternoon.

Cross-Campus Collaboration

One of the great ideas to come out of HIP was a cross-campus collaboration called ‘Hear Us Out’.

‘Hear Us Out’ is a news app that will have podcasts on national and global current issues for a teenage audience. This Berwick/City campus hybrid group, formed by Rashmia Manzur, Dhimanya Dissanayake, Shanzay Sial and Audrey Dreyfus-Fitzgerald maximised their skills and interests with two members working in the Speakers cluster while the other two girls worked in the Technologists cluster.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work 

Designers group composed of Zach Amiridis, Michael Hobart, Charlie Bartal and Hayden Ly created a project for a Haileybury branded drink!

The ‘Haileybury Original Soda Co.’ project came to life through some pretty impressive Photoshop skills and great teamwork was shown by the group throughout the entire process.

First, the boys brainstormed possible design ideas until they settled on a soda drink can, with one member leading the design process in Photoshop.

The group held many collaborative discussions to gather feedback and trial alternate drink flavours and designs.

Other group members offered their individual talents and pulled the project together by working on the final presentation, making the project look visually appealing and simple to understand. This was one of the core intentions throughout the entire design process.

The students showed a very high level of engagement and commitment, producing some amazing work.

And meeting new people from other campuses was a great bonus!

Another interesting concept that featured throughout the program was a visual representation of 2020. Using their amazing Photoshop and design skills, the students created images called ‘2020 in a Nutshell’, referencing all of the major national and global events of this year.

The Final Showcase

The HIP2020 Showcase Festival was held on Friday and gave the Top 10 groups the opportunity to talk to their peers about their inspiration for their project, the highlights, the challenges and how they collaborated to make it happen online.

The groups also talked about how working remotely provided a fantastic opportunity to collaborate with people they had never met, particularly from other campuses. This will definitely be the way of the future!

It was very clear that wellbeing was top of mind for many Year 9 students after a full term of online learning. They are keen to find solutions by young people for young people and we are extremely proud of their efforts.

HIP2020 Top Winners:

  • Group Girl Prize: The Carers ("You are Not Alone" pdf) - Ella Moir, Thevni Karunaratna, Imogen Lappage, Alexis Taylor

These winning projects will receive funding to kickstart their project and will spend time with industry mentors to help them get it off the ground.