Sustainnovation Challenge

The City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge is supported by the City of Newcastle and delivered under the banner of its NewSkills and Living Lab programs, as a collaboration between education, industry, and city leaders.

Program Snap Shot

Engaging with people from all walks of life from across the city, the Sustainnovation Challenge team has been identifying the problems that matter to the people of Newcastle.
Working with our community and students the Sustainnovation Challenge team seeks to understand and have clarity of root causes to the problems which have been identified.
Students from across the city are coached by experts in local government, smart cities, technology, social inclusion, business, and innovation to develop one of their ideas addressing the problem into a pitchable solution.
The City of Newcastle, through its Living Lab program, will progress ideas that show great potential for a smart city, into an accelerator program where the idea will be developed and potentially prototyped in the City of Newcastle.

The 2021 - 2022 Challenges

Between August 2021 & March 2022, The City of Newcastle Sustainnovation team will engage with the local community, students and delivery partners to dive into four challenges we want to talk about and work on as a city.

Learn more about the challenges here and how you can participate as either a community member, business, school or student in the Newcastle Local Government area. 

City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge #1

Social Inclusion: How do we make our city more accessible and inclusive for everyone in our community?

Social inclusion, which is the process of improving the ability, opportunity, and dignity of all people, disadvantaged or otherwise, to take a whole part in society, is important to the people and businesses of Newcastle.

During the City of Newcastle Sustainnovaiton Challenge, Social Inclusion, as a theme, will be looked at from two perspectives, disability and ageing.

If you are in our community and would like to share your thoughts on this important topic, let us know. The student idea and innovation collider session will take place in Newcastle on the 17th & 18th of November.

City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge #2

Circular Economy: How can a smart city deal with plastic?

Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing issues facing the planet. With the recent ban, July 1 2021, by the Australian Federal Government on the exporting of mixed plastics for processing in China, there is a growing movement across Australia that sees industry, government and communities working together to come up with new ideas to get on top of the plastic challenge confronting us all.

Locally, managing plastic waste and plastic pollution is a job that our local governments are taking responsibility for. That is why the City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge #2, how can a smart city deal with plastic, is important and one that we need fresh ideas and solutions for.

Local students participating in this will be exposed to many challenges that businesses, the community and the City of Newcastle council team are dealing with when managing plastic. In addition, the team hope to unlock new, innovative ideas for better plastic management in our city.

We invite the community to have their say on this matter. The student idea and innovation collider session will take place in Newcastle on the 7th & 8th of December.

City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge #3 (2022)

Social Inclusion: How can a smart city support an aging community?

Why is it important that we consider our more senior community members when creating a smart, livable city? What are the challenges that our aging community has now, and what will they be in the future when visiting, living, or working in a city?

In the City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge #3: How can a smart city support an aging community? The answers to these questions will be explored, and the City of Newcastle students will be at the frontline of creating solutions to the aging community challenges we see.

If you want to have a say or work on the solutions with the students, get in touch with us.

City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge #4 (2022)

Economic: How does a smart city get ready for the future of work, the gig, freelance and creative economy?

In Australia, the gig and freelance community has been on an explosive growth curve since 2015. The staggering growth of the gig economy (think uber, Dida, Ola, Uber Eats etc.), measured by consumer spending, alone went from $0.7bn in 2015 to $6.3bn in 2019.

The world of work is undoubtedly changing, and it is our next gen’s who will be in the thick of it.  The City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge #4: How does a smart city get ready for the future of work, the gig, freelance and creative economy? Is an opportunity for our students to dive deep into the challenges that surround this type of work, and then have a direct say on how the City of Newcastle can support this important and growing area of our community and economy.

We’d love to hear what you have to say!

Delivery Partners & Supporters

The Sustainnovation Challenge team wishes to thank those organisations and businesses who have supported the City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge concept and continue to be involved in the program’s delivery.

The Sustainnovation Challenge team also wishes to thank those secondary schools in the Newcastle Local Government area who have committed to having their students participate in the challenges.

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.

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.

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.

Vision & Team

Collaborating with a steely focus on the development of innovation skills and problem-solving mindsets, the Sustainnovation Challenge team’s vision is helping build the innovation talent pipeline we need for our communities and industries to prosper in the 4.0 economy. 

The Sustainnovation Challenge brings together a diverse group of industry, education and local government leaders. 

The City of Newcastle - A Smart City

Sustainnovation Challenge

Student Registration

Lets get started!
Participation in any of the City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenges is open to secondary and tertiary students who live, go to school or study in the Newcastle local government area. To register simply complete your details here and let us know which challenge is of interest to you and submit. One of our team members will contact you shortly to confirm your position in the challenge. Should you have any questions that you would like answered before completing this form please contact our team through this website. If you are a teacher registering a group of students click here Ready to go? Let's get started!
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Sustainnovation Challenge

Student Registration

Lets get started!
Thanks for wanting to have your say or get involved in the City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge. Answering the following questions will help us get your information to the best person to work with in the Sustainnovation Team.
Let's start this off with some details about yourself.
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By letting us know who you are representing we won't need to ask you questions that are not relevant to you.
What is the name of the organisation you are representing
Where are you located?
Which City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge is of interest to you
Let us know which City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenges you would dl like to have your say on or get involved with.?
How would you like to get involved in the City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge?
Can we add you to the Sustainnovation Challenge Email Newsletter?
How did you find out about the City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge?
Help us out by letting us know where you found out about the City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge
That's it, no more questions!
Thanks for taking the time to complete these questions, you are ready to submit. A confirmation will be sent to you. There is a chance that your email will be doing the job that it is supposed to, blocking junk mail. If your the email confirmation doesn't arrive in your email inbox check your junk folder, it will be there.
Thanks again for your interest and support, we'll be in touch with you soon.... Hit that SUBMIT button!