Digital Canberra Challenge

Digital Canberra Challenge is an ACT Government Initiative to engage Canberra's brightest minds to help build and support a dynamic, healthy and prosperous Digital City for the 21st century. It is managed by the eGovernment Cluster, in partnership with Data61, CollabIT and the Canberra Business Council.

The Challenge aims to engage ACT innovators and SMEs in the development of new or improved digital government services. It is anticipated that this will stimulate innovation in electronic and mobile technologies, in turn helping to improve community access to government and public sector services.

Leading up to each round of the Challenge, people will have the opportunity to put forward unresolved business challenges relating to the delivery of government services – things that they think could be done faster, better, smarter or more efficiently.

From the pool of potential challenges that are submitted, the ones that have the most potential for innovative solutions that can benefit a real area of need for Canberra will be chosen.

From then, the challenge is on! The call will go out to Canberra’s brightest minds from our ICT innovation community, asking them to put together submissions answering the challenge brief.

The best two ideas are chosen from the submissions received. The shortlisted teams are then set into head to head competition, partnering with the ACT Government to develop their ideas into 'proof-of-concept' prototypes. Coaching, mentoring and research assistance will be provided to the successful innovators or SMEs and contestants in the challenge will also be able to apply for separate Innovation Connect grant funding to help with the commercialisation of their products and ideas.

After six months of development the two solutions are judged, and the team that produces the best outcome for Canberra will be named the winner of the Digital Canberra Challenge, receiving $12,500 in prize money. The runner up will receive $7,500 in prize money.

To set a challenge, become a competitor or to find out more visit the Digital Canberra Challenge website External Link - opens in new window.