Student Creative Jam with Rip Curl


Starting on Friday 14th August and finishing a week later, over 365 students from over 30 universities throughout Australia and New Zealand competed for a special virtual Adobe Creative Jam.

An Adobe Creative Jam event is where students, lecturers, and industry professionals come together to solve real-world issues by designing experiences that bring ideas to life. The virtual Creative Jam LIVE is an online version where thought leaders share a behind-the-scene peek into their processes and projects; meanwhile, teams compete in a tournament that puts their creative skills to the test using Adobe Creative Cloud.


In this case, the iconic Australian company Rip Curl was the industry leader and they provided the following brief – Design a third-party mobile app that encourages local coastal communities to take action and help preserve their own coastal environment.

During the first session, the students were inspired by Mark Flanagan from Rip Curl and then took part in an Adobe XD bootcamp session by Adobe’s own Jason Grant.

The 365 students formed 162 teams and used Adobe XD to create their designs in preparation for the judging during the second session.

202 students from 22 universities completed the challenge and submitted 85 entries.

The judges (Mark Flanagan and Lachlan McNish from Rip Curl as well as Hilary Nemer from Adobe) narrowed down the entries to following top ten entries

First place – Swinburne University

Team: We Met On Zoom App: Lighthouse








Second placeMonash University

Team: Gist App: Waves


Third placeRMIT

Team: Hareharu App: Greenify

Fourth placeGriffith University

Team: Kakooo App: Local Coastal

Fifth placeThe University of Sydney

Team: Team Iggly App: Conservation by the Coast

Other finalists …

Griffith University

Team:Cuddly – Their App

Swinburne University
Team: Ham Kat App: Stingray Bay

Team: JTAC App: WildPost

Team: Team RAE.J App: Beach Please

Team: Turtle Rollers App: WaveMakers