Canberra 2017

Congratulations to all who participated in Canberra’s first Smart Seeds program.

Led by industry and building on the success of the Smart Seeds program in other cities around Australia and New Zealand, a group of bright young professionals came together to generate fresh ideas to tackle complex infrastructure challenges.

Presenting their innovative concepts to senior professionals at a Showcase Event at the National Museum of Australia, the five teams demonstrated the potential power of collaboration across organisations, sectors, disciplines and generations.

Well done to the ‘Helping Hand’ team and ‘Action 2U’ team for winning the Judges’ Award and People’s Choice Award respectively.

If you or your organisation are interested in participating in or being a sponsor for Smart Seeds 2018, please visit

Program highlights

Teams and innovative ideas

Regions Reimagined

Helping Hand


Free the People

Action 2U


Michael McGoogan
Co Owner & Director, The

Josh Polette (Head Judge)
General Manager, RPDE Program

Catherine Townsend
ACT Government Architect and Director, Townsend & Associates Architects

Judith Zielke
Deputy Secretary, Department of Infrastructure

Participating Organisations

Australian Federal Police | Construction Control | Department of Infrastructure | Donald Cant Watts Corke | GHD | King & Wood Mallesons | KPMG | Veolia