Powering up the Future Competition 2024

Become a Snowy Hydro Futurist and win prizes valued up to $3,000

The competition is designed to ignite students’ interest in STEM. Students will gain an understanding of energy conservation as it relates to Australia’s transition to a renewable future.

The competition invites students to ‘work’ for Snowy Hydro as a Snowy Hydro futurist. This task requires the participant to investigate what a renewable energy future can look like and, through their findings, provide a solution to reducing energy emissions.

There are resources available to ensure students are equipped with the tools to create solutions fit for the future.

Competition Details

A completed entry will consist of two parts: 

Part 1: Photo or video of invention/idea 

Part 2: Written or video explanation of invention/idea (1-2 minutes maximum)

Note: Both components can be submitted as one piece


The idea/invention will demonstrate a focus on innovation and creativity, and will be accompanied by an explanation of your idea either written or via video. 

Part 1: Idea/invention – We are looking for innovative, insightful and creative ideas/inventions that explore energy conservation to reduce emissions in a renewable world.

Part 2:  Explanation of idea/invention – The accompanying explanation must be articulated clearly answering the three dot point questions. Explanation to be 1-2 minutes in length submitted either in writing or on video.

  • What is the problem you are addressing?
  • What is your idea?
  • How does it work?


The 2024 competition will be open to students in years 3 to 12 (aged 8 to 18 years) across Australia. This competition will allow participants to take a deep dive into a renewable energy future and explore innovative energy conservation and emissions solutions. There will be two age categories Junior (ages 8 to 12 years old) and Senior (ages 13 to 18 years old)


The entries will be judged by a special judging panel and by the broader community in a community choice category. There will be two winners and two runners-up for each age category (Junior and Senior).

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