The "creative chaos" of the National Innovation Games was worth it for Jesse Munzel.
Ms Munzel and a team of university students from all corners of the nation were recently crowned National Innovation Games winners.
Competing teams work on an innovative project aligned to a locally relevant challenge identified by a corporate partner or sponsor.
The proposal judged to be the most innovative, practical and budget friendly is declared the winner.
Ms Munzel's team was tasked with solving a problem for Yarram's Nielson's Pharmacy.
The pharmacy wanted a back-up power supply that would allow it to refrigerate medication and continue providing an essential service in the case of a power outage, such as during bushfire season.
"The topic for this national games was business resilience and optimising essential services in times of crisis," Ms Munzel said.
The team, along with corporate partner Energy Australia, devised a community solar plan.
"The business was interested in setting up solar, but it was too expensive," Ms Munzel said.
"Our plan was to develop a community solar plan, with solar panels from one main hub providing energy needs in times of crisis to major essential services in the community."
The games drew university students from a variety of courses together for the one-day event.
"You think coming from different areas that we wouldn't have a good team dynamic, but everyone got on the same page very easily," Ms Munzel, a Bachelor of Business Management and Marketing student at La Trobe University Bendigo said.
"Everyone was focused on the goal of helping the business develop the best strategy possible."
"The games attract a lot of engineers, data analysts and any areas where entrepreneurship and innovation flows through, but gave me a chance to be creative and generate ideas."