Geelong 2017

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

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

From across the South West Region, 13 young professionals from six different private and public sector organisations came together to tackle challenges set by experienced industry leaders in the areas of renewable energy, regional tourism and employment opportunities to retain young professionals in the region.

The teams came up with some inspiring ideas and presented these to a live audience and judging panel at the Showcase Event on August 24 at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre.

Teams & Innovative Ideas

Cow Power

Utilising drone technology to capture methane from livestock to produce green energy for the South West Region.

Team: Rachel Boak, David Ewers, Holly Dillabough, Shazid Alam, Craig McTaggart

Mentor: Laura-Jo Mellan


A gap year with a difference, providing industry connections and expert mentors through a one year program offering youth a future direction, whilst keeping them within the regions.

Team: Caitlin Walls, Rachel Bartlett, Vince Demaria, John Rifat

Mentor: Nitin Gupta

SWOW – The South West Ocean Wonderland

An offshore hub connected to regional tourism attractions via an efficient autonomous drone transport network.

Team: Tamara Bull, Anand Akolkar, Hayden Flett

Mentor: Jacquelle Gorski



Rebecca Casson Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Geelong

Tracey Slatter Managing Director, Barwon Water

Professor Barry Cooper Associate Dean Regional Engagement, Deakin Business School, Deakin University

Peter Dorling Business Manager, Avalon Airport

Well done to the CowPower team who won the Judges Choice award.

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

Photos & Highlights