Announcing new partnership with MIT’s Solve and Atlassian to seek the best ideas to prepare the workforce of the future


The Minister for Foreign Affairs has announced that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is partnering with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Solve initiative and Atlassian to support a challenge that will prepare youth in the Indo-Pacific region for the workforce of the future.

Why now?

The beginning of the 21st century has been marked by rapid advances in technological innovation. While new technology can generate jobs and increase labor productivity, it also creates job displacement and widens the skills gap. Today’s generation of young people now face a world in which nearly half of today’s jobs globally are at risk of becoming obsolete due to automation and technological advancement in the coming decades.

The DFAT Indo-Pacific Development Prize

The Australian Government will contribute AUD $1.4 million in grant funding to the best ideas that will have impact in developing countries in the Indo-Pacific region. We particularly encourage applications that address the needs of women and girls, and people with a disability.

Qualifying Solvers selected during the 2017 Fall Pitch Event will receive an initial grant of up to US $50,000, after which they can apply for additional funding from the remaining grant pool.

In addition to the Government’s contribution, Atlassian is offering up to AUD $1.4 million to winning ideas for disadvantaged youth in any country worldwide.

To apply, submit your idea by 1 August 2017.

More information

For more information about the challenge, including judging criteria and attending Solve at MIT ‘Solve-a-thon’ events, head to the Solve at MIT Challenge on Youth, Skills and the Workforce of the Future.

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