Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge – St Luke’s in the Finals!

Conrad Challenge


The Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge is an American innovation and entrepreneurial competition that landed in Australia his year and our St Luke’s team has made it to the finals!

The competition, founded by Nancy Conrad in honor of her late husband, astronaut, innovator, and entrepreneur, Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. is an annual, multi-phase competition. It brings together a dynamic community of young innovators and entrepreneurs who develop extraordinary and viable solutions that benefit our world in one of four areas: Aerospace & Aviation, Cyber Technology & Security, Energy & Environment, and Health & Nutrition.

Competition participants have to work together in teams of 2-5 members to develop solutions to some of the world’s most complex problems.

St Luke’s Logan Marcus, Alexander Newton, Isabelle Hocking and Logan Tinney conceived an idea of an autonomous, precision agriculture system; a product that has the potential to improve agriculture in the 21st century.

Students brainstormed then pitched the precision agriculture system idea to judges in the first round, who gave the green light to progress to the next phase of the competition.

St Luke’s students researched their idea further, connected with local experts, costed and even constructed a 3D model of their product, impressing the judges and earning one of only 15 places in the final round of the national competition held next week in Brisbane.

St Luke’s finalists hope to be selected among the top 5 teams, affording them an opportunity to present their "Power Pitch" to a panel of business leaders.

Good luck Logan, Alexander, Isabelle, and Logan!