Finalists are given the opportunity to pitch their solutions at Melbourne Knowledge Week
A city-wide competition to help Melbourne tackle the challenge of making it easier to navigate and enjoy for the one in five people who have some form of disability has resulted in five innovative solutions being shortlisted.
The five finalists were selected after a city-led open innovation competition which according to city authorities “may one day change the face of our city streets”.
“As Melbourne continues to grow at a rapid pace it’s vital we continue to re-think and re-work how our cities are structured to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to experience Melbourne and everything it has to offer,” said councillor Beverley Pinder, chair of the People City portfolio.
“We often take for granted our ability to dodge an obstacle on a footpath or navigate a construction site, but for many these present a daily struggle. As a city of progress, it’s important we find solutions to these problems. I am incredibly excited by the creative and tech-driven solutions uncovered by our finalists, all of which will help to dramatically change how people experience and navigate our city.”
The open innovation competition finalists include:
The five finalists will pitch their solutions at Melbourne Knowledge Week on Tuesday, 8 May.
Winning pitches have the chance to win $30,000 cash and $40,000 of in-kind prizes, with post-competition support and mentorship from major partners to help develop, implement and scale the top solutions.
The city of Melbourne has partnered with Microsoft, Telstra, PTV, Guide Dogs Victoria, Accenture, CQ University, Impact Co, Metro and Travellers Aid Australia to deliver the competition.
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