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

What is InfraChallenge?

InfraChallenge is an inaugural innovation competition organised by the Global Infrastructure Hub (GI Hub) that invites applicants to pitch transformational ideas, tackling the big infrastructure issues.  

The contest focuses on digital solutions for a current or future economic or social infrastructure issue.

Applicants have until 24 February 2020 to apply. In March, 20 first round finalists are announced who will undertake eight weeks of mentoring with global industry leaders to further develop their idea.

After this stage, 10 finalists are chosen who receive six weeks of additional mentoring.

The final stage is in June 2020 where the 10 finalists pitch their ideas and the winner is announced at a live event.

For further details on the application process click here.  

The GI Hub is an independent organisation, established by the G20 in 2014 to connect the global infrastructure community and share insights to facilitate delivery of G20 members’ economic, social and environmental outcomes through more and better infrastructure.

Why are we running InfraChallenge?

We need your ideas.

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.

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 is about unlocking digital ideas, solving big infrastructure issues, and bringing disruption to the industry to better prepare us for the future.

Why you should apply

This global competition is your opportunity to develop and deliver a transformational digital idea that will change the infrastructure industry. 

All first-round finalists will have access to leaders in the industry via an eight-week tailored mentoring program delivered by our global partners to develop your solution.

The ten final finalists will receive an additional six weeks of mentoring, including support from MIT Solve and gain exposure on a global stage competing in a live event where they will showcase their entry to an audience of tech, infrastructure, government and other private sectors.

All final round finalists will gain exposure on a global stage competing in a two-day live event in Europe where they will showcase their entry to an audience of public and private infrastructure specialists.

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