Building Capacity

The Sustainnovation Challenge program creates an environment for communities, government and businesses to collaborate with educators, and local students, creating solutions to the problems that matter most in their local and regional communities.

The Sustainnovation Challenge Program Synopsis

Crowdsourcing and developing innovative ideas and solutions from a city or region secondary (yrs 7-11) and tertiary students, to problems; social, business and environment, that are being posed by community members, industry and government.

Connecting With Community

The Sustainnovation Challenge Intent

  • Enriching local businesses, community organisations and students understanding of innovation and its role in building a sustainable society
  • With sustainability and innovation at the core, developing a closer and deeper engagement with varying stakeholder cohorts across a city or region
  • Develop a broad and diverse pipeline of problem solvers to join and collaborate in a city or region's innovation ecosystem network
  • Being visibly engaged and supportive of business, community and students development and growth
  • Proactively uncovering social and business problems requiring innovative solutions
  • Creating a new innovative way for people from across a city or region to connect, collaborate and innovate.

Sustainnovation Challenge - A Sustainable Vision

  • Developing Our People - Community, business, government and students develop a greater understanding of innovation and how it can be activated and applied in industry,  a community organisation or local community.
  • Developing Social Capacity & Networks - Community, business, government, and students come together to learn, explore, share, and innovate to better their community.
  • Developing Economic Growth - Program participants gain clarity on innovation and contribute to the growth and empowerment of business and community.

Sustainnovation Challenge - A Sustainable Vision

  • Developing Our People - Community, business, government and students develop a greater understanding of innovation and how it can be activated and applied in industry,  a community organisation or local community.
  • Developing Social Capacity & Networks - Community, business, government, and students come together to learn, explore, share, and innovate to better their community.
  • Developing Economic Growth - Program participants gain clarity on innovation and contribute to the growth and empowerment of business and community.
The City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge - A Smart City In Action

The Sustainnovation Challenge Value Proposition

  • Building significant awareness of innovation and its impact on building a sustainable city or region
  • Supporting new and existing innovation system networks to connect and grow in their local communities and regions
  • A no-cost entry point for all comers to experience and support innovation in a city or regional area
  • Actively engages with many cohorts in communities; business, education, companies and government agencies
  • Builds human, social and economic capability, competence and capacity
  • Builds significant awareness of what is happening in communities, industries and potential local and regional career pathways
  • Connects typically disparate people and organisations in a community 
  • Hands-on education for all stakeholders involved
  • Removing discouragement of an idea not being worthy

Getting Involved

Collaborate with like-minded organisations who see value in developing our young people and want to make a difference in their communities. Learn how your organisation can benefit from supporting, sponsoring or collaborating in a Sustainnovation Challenge.

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Developing Innovation Talent

The growth of our regions, cities, communities and businesses comes down to one thing, having a pipeline of innovative talent.

See how the Sustainnovation Challenge is developing talent who are community-focused, engaged problems solvers and innovators.

Sustainnovation Challenge Get Invovled
We Can All Get Involved

Community, local business and industry leadership involvement is a crucial element of a Sustainnovation Challenge.

Learn how you can get involved and how the Sustainnovation Challenge team will create a customised opportunity for you as an individual or organisation to contribute to a Sustainnovation Challenge.

The City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge #2 Circular Economy: How can a smart city deal with plastic?
A Challenge Underway

The City of Newcastle, the largest regional city in NSW is also one of the most progressive and dynamic smart cities in Australia. 

Community, business, city leaders and the local secondary students are coming together to work on the challenges in their city - social inclusion, managing plastic and future industries.

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