Laureate Australia team finalists in Innovation Competition

The Laureate Innovation Competition, launched early November 2015, is modeled on the show Shark Tank and invited staff globally to pitch their creative ideas. It was recently announced that our team at Laureate Australia is one of only three finalists from within the global network chosen for their idea ‘The Laureate Language Buddy’.

The Laureate Innovation Competition, launched early November 2015, is modeled on the show Shark Tank and invited staff globally to pitch their creative ideas. The ideas were to be innovative, include technology in a “forward-thinking” way, scalable and applicable to institutions across the Laureate global network, and needed to have a “positive exponential impact on Laureate efficiency, academic outcomes and/or revenue growth”. It was recently announced that a Laureate Australia team is one of only three finalists from within the global Laureate network for their idea, The Laureate Language Buddy. The Laureate Language Buddy is an app that would connect Laureate students, faculty or staff seeking to learn another language and facilitate peer-to-peer learning. For example, if you were an English speaker hoping to learn Spanish, you would be connected to a Spanish speaker hoping to learn English, and connect with them in a way that helps both parties learn and also share resources and knowledge. The Laureate Australia team is made up of a mix of academics from Laureate Australia who are collectively passionate about forging and enabling international connections and a global perspective for staff and students across the institution. Team members are Fabi Ramos (Learning and Academic Skills Lecturer Brisbane), Caroline Spaans (PM Learning and Academic Skills, Sydney), Dimi Aidinlis (PM ELICOS, Sydney) and Anya Kilbey (Lecturer, Public Relations, Business Faculty, Sydney).