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

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 over 10 weeks by multiple teams, each made up of talented young people from different organisations, and presented to industry leaders at the 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 – Participants from different organisations form multidisciplinary teams to tackle the challenges at the Launch Workshop. Over approximately 10 weeks, teams develop ideas, select the best and refine their pitch. During the process, teams are mentored by assigned industry professionals.


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Pitch –  At the end of 10 weeks, teams pitch 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.


Frequently asked questions

Who is involved and how? How much does it cost to participate? Who is an eligible participant? What happens in the 10 weeks? …. More questions


How to get involved?

We are currently calling for expressions of interest from sponsors, participants, mentors, challenge authors and judges globally. Contact us for more information.