Release date: 25/05/2022

The South Australian iteration of the National Innovation Games starts in Adelaide this morning with participants tackling sustainability challenges in the textile and fashion industries.

At the Adelaide Town Hall today and tomorrow, the Games will see groups brainstorming practical solutions for sustainability in all stages of the product lifestyle.

More than 200 virtual and in-person participants comprised of VET and university students, government representatives and academics will compete in the Games.

Each team will present their ideas and solutions to a judging panel in a competition format to win prizes and help drive industry change.

Any intellectual property developed through the Games is open source meaning it is available for participants and industry to adopt.

The event, organised by the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia and Paddl Co, is also supported by several Adelaide fashion names including Acler, Holiday Trading Collective and uniform supplier Imageworks.

The Games are also funded by the State and Federal governments, City of Adelaide, Flinders University and TAFE SA.

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Attributable to Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Dr Susan Close

With consumers more and more conscious of where and how their clothing is made, it is crucial that South Australia’s fashion industry explores sustainable solutions to keep the sector attractive and profitable.

That is why it is wonderful to host an event like the National Innovation Games where diverse groups of people can meet, brainstorm and begin to develop ideas in this space.

Globally, textile, clothing and footwear production accounts for 8 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, and 20 per cent of water waste.  

We want South Australia to be part of the solution - rather than a contributor - to this global concern.

Attributable to Chief Scientist for South Australia Professor Caroline McMillen

Adopting new technologies and the principles of a circular economy would support a vibrant, sustainable fashion industry. Combining creativity, style and care for our planet is a winning combination.

This event is a great opportunity for students, PhD candidates and graduates of all disciplines to apply their insight, gain invaluable work experience, and connect with industry.