In exciting news this week, the NSW Government announced it would provide $3 million and host 3 Smart City Innovation Challenges this year, seeking new ideas and solutions from the emerging technology market.
The first challenge is set to be released in April.
Minister for Customer Service and Digital, Victor Dominello said: “With the rapid pace of technological change, we need a fresh approach. We want to make sure we target new and emerging solutions and support our burgeoning start-up sector,” said Mr Dominello.
“We will be providing real problems faced by agencies and asking the sector to bring us their best solutions. The process will help Government to continue to improve our services and the way we operate. It is all about finding smart solutions for the benefit of people and places.”
Each challenge will start with an open call for proposals to address a specific problem statement, with the best entries presented live at a pitch event. Up to 3 proposals will be supported with both funding and access to information and subject matter experts to further refine their solutions.
Up to $1 million is up for grabs for one proposal to go on and develop a proof of concept over 12 months, with the potential for further scale-up of the solution if it is successful.
The innovation challenges are made possible by the Smart Places Acceleration Program, a $45 million allocation from the Digital Restart Fund.
To sign up for regular updates, visit Smart City Innovation Challenges