Program guidelines are in place to support the delivery of the innovation challenges and these set out who can participate and how proposals will be assessed.
Read our program guidelines to check that you are eligible to take part.
Download the guidelines
The innovation challenges are part of the $45 million Smart Places Acceleration Program. The acceleration program is facilitated through the Digital Restart Fund.
Find out more about the criteria for funding and the application process for the Digital Restart Fund.
Each challenge will relate to the priority problems of a sponsoring NSW Government agency or agencies.
A challenge statement will be released to an open market, with an invitation to submit a proposal.
Proposals will be assessed against set criteria by a judging panel, made up of relevant experts.
The criteria are in the Smart City Innovation Challenges – Guidelines (PDF 638MB).
Successful proposals will be invited to present their idea to the judging panel and sponsoring NSW Government agencies at a Pitchfest event.
Up to three pitched proposals will be supported with funding to partner with NSW Government experts and other partners in a structured feedback process to refine their solution and deliver a feasibility study.
Up to $1 million is available to deliver the concept further. This may include the development of a proof of concept and/or trialing implementation of the solutions.
Successful trials may lead to further opportunities to scale up the solution to other locations or services.