About

 

Smart Seeds is a global innovation program for young talent focused on complex infrastructure challenges.

The program has three key focus areas:

Professional development of young talent and growing leaders

Participants and mentors develop professional skills and networks to open up new possibilities for their careers and organisations.

Interdisciplinary collaboration to inspire new thinking

The program brings together organisations from different sectors and professionals with diverse skills and experience.

Delivery of innovations through industry leadership

Smart Seeds supports the generation, selection, development and implementation through its frameworks, platforms, tools and networks.

How it works

Challenges are set by industry leaders across water, transport, urban planning and design, building and property, environment, resources, agriculture, energy and more.

Creative concepts are developed by multiple teams, each made up of talented young people from different organisations, and presented to industry leaders at an exclusive Showcase Event.

Smart Seeds Challenge Identification
Challenge Setting

Challenge authors put forward challenges related to infrastructure at the Challenge Workshop.

 

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Idea Development

At the program kickoff, participants from different organisations form multidisciplinary teams to tackle set challenges. Over approximately 10 weeks (Pace) or six weeks (Bootcamp), teams develop ideas, select the best, and develop a refined pitch. During the process, teams are mentored by assigned industry professionals.

 

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Pitch

The program culminates with teams pitching their ideas to a judging panel of executive industry leaders at the exclusive Showcase Event. The Showcase Event is attended by participating organisations and peers.

 

Delivery

Following the Showcase Event, teams are supported by industry leaders to present the ideas to their organisation or project team. To enable global collaboration, the entire Smart Seeds Community is invited to join the Greenhouse where ideas are progressed through the innovation pipeline.

Program format

Smart Seeds has two different program formats: Pace and Bootcamp. The learning outcomes and materials are the same for each format, with the timing of the delivery being the difference between them.

Smart Seeds Pace

There are four key events over the course of the approximately 10-week program.

Launch Workshop – week 1

At the Launch Workshop, participants form teams around challenges presented by industry leaders. Teams are also introduced to an industry mentor who will offer guidance and support throughout the program.

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the ideas framework and techniques to facilitate innovation.

Following the Launch Workshop, teams work independently to research the challenge and generate ideas.

Ideation Workshop – week 3 (approximate)

Participants learn ideation techniques to further interrogate their challenge and develop their innovative idea.

Influencing Change Workshop – week 7 (approximate)

Participants learn pitching and presentation skills to effectively communicate their innovative concept to senior industry leaders.

Showcase – final week 

At this exclusive event, each team will pitch their concept to a judging panel, as well as an audience of senior industry leaders. The Showcase celebrates the innovative concepts developed by the teams, and inspires senior staff with fresh ideas and perspectives.

Smart Seeds Bootcamp

There are two key events over the course of the approximately 6-week program.

Bootcamp – week 1

Smart Seeds Bootcamp starts with an intensive two day learning session. This session consolidates the experience of the Smart Seeds Pace Launch, Ideation and Influencing Change workshops, jump starting the innovation process.

Showcase – final week

At this exclusive event, each team will pitch their concept to a judging panel, as well as an audience of senior industry leaders. The Showcase celebrates the innovative concepts developed by the teams, and inspires senior staff with fresh ideas and perspectives.

Who runs Smart Seeds?

Smart Seeds has grown from an internal innovation initiative run within GHD to become a global innovation program involving a range of public and private organisations in Australia, New Zealand, North America and the UK.

Since 2013, GHD has invited industry partners to help lead the program’s growth into new cities. GHD and partners are motivated to deliver the program for the benefit of young professionals, their organisations and the industries we are involved in to create new opportunities and lasting community outcomes.

 


Get in touch

info@smartseeds.org