Apparently Thomas Edison said: “There is a way to do it better: find it.”

This year, the Bendigo Inventor Awards includes a youth category for students 12 to 18 years of age.

Do you have a good idea that could solve a problem for the emergency services or disaster managers? If you have recognised a problem within these vital services and think you have invented a great solution—and can explain how it addresses the problem—then consider entering the Bendigo Inventor Awards.

Technical information should be complemented with diagrams, photos or sketches showing how the concept would work. Information regarding a plan for the development of a prototype will be well regarded.

There is also a ‘backyard tinkerer’ category for Bendigonians of all ages who like to solve tricky conundrums in the backyard shed —not only those related to emergency services or management. This category winner receives a mayoral prize offered by the City of Greater Bendigo for inventors living within the Greater Bendigo catchment.

Entrants in to the Youth category can enter either a concept, product or prototype as defined in any of the categories.

You have six weeks to transform your great idea into a serious proposal.

Entries close Friday 29 September at 5pm.

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