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Canberra has always had a plan, and now we are putting the challenge to YOU to conceptualise the Canberra of 2040. We are looking for design ideas, business ideas, innovations, sustainability solutions,  program proposals and more help to materialise a future of Canberra that is clever, connected and full of creative energy.

Challenge Statement

With the population in Canberra predicted to accelerate by 2040, we are looking for design ideas and innovations across a range of sectors aimed at making the Canberra of the future a better place to live, work, move, learn and play


Teams and individuals are invited to submit proposals for a technological or social innovation idea, business idea or policy proposal leveraging research, design, collaboration, and innovation to address our biggest opportunities to grow smarter and perhaps faster or healthier as a city by 2040. Please review Competition Rules before you submit your concept.

Areas of Focus

Areas of focus for submissions can include (but are not exclusive to): technology, sustainability, architecture, transport, talent and skills attraction, connectivity, health, design and creativity.

Design & Creativity

Challenge Streams

Drop an idea

Fill out the entry form to go in the running for up to $5,000 in cash. These submissions will be judged by a panel of experts, and awards will be given at the end of the competition. Use this stream if you want to share an idea but are not necessarily interested in being part of the implementations.

See you in 2040

Submit to compete for up to $15,000 in cash prizes and support. These submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experts to create a shortlist. Shortlisted teams will be invited to the Canberra Innovation Network on the 26th of April for mentor sessions and rapid workshops to help you turn your submission into a 3-minute pitch to be presented to a judge panel. 

Competition schedule

Stream 1: 8 March 2022
Submissions open

The submission form for Stream 1 will be open!

Stream 1: 15 April 2022
Submissions close

Submissions for Stream 1 will now be closed.

PITCH EVENT: 10 May 2022
Final pitch event

Stream 2 submissions will pitch, and Stream 1 winners will be announced.

Stream 2: 8 March 2022
Submissions open

Submissions for Stream 2 will be open. Choose this stream when submitting to enter for up to $15,000 in cash prizes and attend the workshop.

Stream 2: 5 May 2022
Concept Design Workshop

Learn how to utilise some lean innovation methods to create a compelling pitch and meet with mentors to finalise your concept! 

If you have any questions or would like more information please email:!

Submit your concept after you review the competition rules and before 15 April 2022.

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the ACT, the Ngunnawal people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.

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Canberra,  2601, ACT

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Thank you for your interest in the Adaptive City Open Innovation Challenge. Unfortunately, submissions have now closed. If you would like to know more about our innovation competitions, please email