InfraChallenge is an innovation competition aiming to accelerate the global infrastructure industry

What is InfraChallenge?

InfraChallenge is an annual innovation competition organised by the Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub). It’s inaugural competition was held in 2020 and invited applicants to pitch digital digital solutions for a current or future economic or social infrastructure issue.

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The GI Hub supports the G20 to drive an ambitious agenda on sustainable, resilient and inclusive infrastructure through action-oriented programmes. Based in Sydney, Australia and Toronto, Canada the GI Hub team provides data, insights and best practice and works towards creating a common language on infrastructure. Strategic partnership is at the core of what the GI Hub delivers through events, thought leadership and tools. We are the G20’s only dedicated infrastructure entity.

Traditionally, the infrastructure industry has been slow to capitalise on digital innovations.

With global megatrends like urbanization and population growth, climate change and digitisation the time is ripe for infrastructure issues to be disrupted by digital ideas.


Why InfraChallenge?

Whether it’s how 5G or the Internet of Things will fundamentally change how we live in our cities, or the greater availability of data and big data analytics for informed decision making, InfraChallenge 2020 is about unlocking digital ideas, solving big infrastructure issues, and bringing disruption to the industry to better prepare us for the future.

The InfraChallenge winner received

2020 Winners package


The InfraChallenge winner will receive:

  • $AUD 50,000 funding package to implement the digital solution
  • Needs assessment by MIT Solve to further develop the solution
  • Participation in one of MIT Solve’s flagship challenge events
  • Exposure to the G20’s Infrastructure Working Group and Multilateral Development Banks
  • Ongoing support from the GI Hub and MIT Solve 
  • Exclusive access to infrastructure resources and networks
  • Global media coverage as the InfraChallenge winner