TECx is the largest online design challenge for students studying Technologies education in Australia.

The world is in crisis beyond Covid-19 and we need every secondary student to help us solve many complex and critical problems that are highlighted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

TECx is your opportunity to use the Design Process to tackle one of the following SDGs:

Due to Covid-19 related disruptions DATTA Australia have had many requests to extend the TECx submission date.

New submission date for 2020 is now to Monday the 19th of October in 2020 so Design and Technologies students will now be able to complete their TECx video submissions during Design and Technologies Week (12-18th Oct unless otherwise indicated in your state, region or school). 

5 finalist videos will be selected by the DATTA Australia Committee and these will be broadcast on YouTube before the end of Term 4 for national voting to select the winner of a 3D printer!

The winner will also be given the opportunity to work with a panel of experts to help take their concept to the next level.

The world needs your amazing ideas, good luck!

Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. More info here

Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. More info here

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources.  More info here


  • Use the TECx design template pages to help you work through your design process and create an innovative product, service, environment or combination of these to help address the issues relating to your chosen SDG. (An editable design template doc is available here for teachers who would like to modify the process.)
  • When you have a final design ready, make a short video to show us your proposal (see video info below)
  • Upload your video to YouTube and submit the link to DATTA Australia by email. events@datta.vic.edu.au by Monday the 19th of October



A 3D Printer for the winner and the opportunity to work with a team of professional experts to help take their idea to the next stage.

Good luck, the world is counting on your creativity!


Video submissions approx. 3 minutes (no longer than 4 minutes)

Should include


  • Info about chosen UN SDG and why it was selected
  • The design process (research undertaken / concept developed)
  • The proposed solution (product/service/environment or combination)


You can use CAD software or draw your proposed solution and whatever video software you have access to to create your video.


Conditions of Entry

Submissions can be individual or collaborative (need to indicate this in submission)

All ages welcome – parents or guardians will have to assist students under 13 with YouTube upload.

Video Name should include the following:

TECx – U.N. GOAL (number and name) – Your Name/s – Year Level – State (Include TECx as tag on video)

Submit your YouTube video link to events@datta.vic.edu.au by Monday the 19th of October 

Email should include your Name(s) / Age, UN GOAL (number and name), Project Name and School Name

DATTA Australia will select the 5 best entries which will then be broadcast on YouTube during Term 4.

Design and Technologies students all over Australia will have the chance to vote for the winner of TECx 2020!