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A couple of weeks ago, a group of Western Australian educators posted an idea to iThink (WA Public Sector) which has now turned out to be the most voted idea since iThink was launched to the public!

The idea – called STEM4Innovation - is to provide WA students with the opportunity to help solve real-world problems through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning principles, particularly relating to the current and future impact of COVID-19 on the WA community.

Thanks to the support of the WA Innovation Hub STEM4Innovation is now undertaking this exciting project.  

This week, a group of STEM students from schools across WA will take part in a ‘virtual hospital immersion experience’ delivered by Professor Fiona Wood at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Students and teachers will then share ideas and develop real solutions to solve real problems via a closed challenge on iThink, providing updates to the WA Innovation Hub as they go.

Public Sector Commission’s Executive Director People, Culture and Diversity, Sonja O’Leary, said she was pleased to see an iThink idea evolve and come to life so quickly.

“This is exactly what iThink’s all about.”

“We are excited to support the ‘STEM4Innovation’ idea and promote STEM learning across schools.”

Stay tuned as we will keep you updated on the progress of the STEM4Innovation project!

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A new WA Innovation Hub (the Hub) led by iThink ambassador Professor Fiona Wood, and City of Canning’s Chief Innovation Officer, Jemma Greene has been established to connect iThink’s innovative ideas with the right people. This partnership is a great example of government, business, academic institutions and community groups working together to find solutions to particular challenges created by the pandemic.

So far, the Hub has evaluated nearly 100 ideas, with 20 ideas now being further explored by subject matter experts. Some of the ideas include:

  • targeted communications and messaging
  • screening techniques
  • telehealth
  • health information platforms
  • drone use for sanitation of large open spaces and
  • virtual observation kits for regional health.

The Hub is also connecting representatives from RAC WA, HBF, Australian Institute of Management WA, and data science experts from Curtin University together with teams from the City of Canning, the Department of Health, and Western Power to work collaboratively and provide support to help deliver results to the community.

To build a healthy and resilient Western Australia, we must all work together to harness the expertise of the community and put bright ideas in front of the right people.

‘Every day is an opportunity to learn how tomorrow’s better’

Keep the great ideas coming.

Welcome to iThink (WA Public Sector) — an online ideas community supporting the Western Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

iThink was initially launched for the WA public sector in late 2019, giving our 140,000 staff the opportunity to contribute ideas to make our workplaces even better. With the support of the Deputy Premier and Health Minister Roger Cook, and innovative and highly respected surgeon and researcher Professor Fiona Wood AM, iThink was recently opened to those outside the public sector to harness the ideas and expertise of everyone in the Western Australian community.

Since iThink opened on 6 April 2020 we have received:

  • 171 ideas
  • 140 comments responding to these ideas
  • 625 votes cast in support of these ideas
  • 12,830 page views.

The ideas you have shared are already being considered by subject matter experts at state government agencies including the Department of Health, the Department of Finance and the Department of Communities.

In addition, organisations including the City of Canning, RAC, Western Power, HBF, Australian Institute of Management, WA Data Science Innovation Hub and the Fiona Wood Foundation have joined forces to establish an Innovation Hub which will explore how ideas can become reality and help tackle the challenges of the pandemic.

We will be blogging regularly to keep you all updated on how ideas are progressing and being actioned.

We encourage you to spread the word about iThink with your colleagues, friends and family. You can share the link by selecting a social media icon on the left hand side of your screen.

Thank you for supporting iThink and the WA Government’s response to COVID-19 coronavirus. We look forward to continuing to see the bright ideas and comments come in.

Together, we can make a difference.

-The iThink Team

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