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Students from Vietnam Win First Place at the Venture Makers Innovation Challenge​

Students from Vietnam Win First Place at the Venture Makers Innovation Challenge

On Tuesday 14 July 2022, Western Sydney University’s Launch Pad and technology partner Virbela hosted its second Venture Makers Innovation Challenge Showcase: ‘Welcome to the Metaverse’.  

Before the Showcase, international participants spent the day working on the Challenge virtually on the Virbela platform which allowed them to create fun avatars and solve the problem in the Metaverse created specifically for the Challenge in Virbela, while the local participants spent over 8 hours at Launch Pad’s newest home at the Parramatta Engineering Innovation Hub. Thanks to the technology partner, we were able to give our online participants a unique online experience in the Metaverse.  

At the end of the Challenge, all the teams finished the day by entering the Pitch Competition where six teams progressed to the final round of judging for the showcase: AquaMeta, Virtualizon, NASA, MemoVerse, The Good Team, and The Three Musketeers. 

Judges for the Challenge

  • Sarah Segrest – VP of Community at Virbella 
  • Brad Twynham – Entrepreneur in Residence at Launch Pad, Technology Entrepreneur 
  • Dr Anders Hallgren – CEO of Sydney Polytechnic Institute 
  • Dr Lynn Berry – Educational Advisor at Western Sydney University 

We are proud to announce the winners of the Venture Makers Innovation Challenge: Welcome to the Metaverse. 

1st Place

Nguyen Nguyen, Giang Le, Nhu Nguyen

The Good Place – A virtual world where people can have their own virtual pet companions.

2nd Place

Nikola Peric-Djordjevic, Jeremy Booth

Virtualizon improves the retail experience for those who are discriminated against because of their appearance or disability. 

3rd Place

Sachin Kumar, Utpal Kumar Adhikari, Rizwan Khan, Mourad Tayebi & Jolin Qu

MemoVerse – a futuristic model for early assessment of memory loss associated with Alzheimer. 

Congratulations to the winning team, ‘The Good Team’ who were from Vietnam – the first ever overseas student team to win a Venture Makers Innovation Challenge. 

 Find out more about the next upcoming Venture Makers Innovation Challenge here