Melbourne 2017

Congratulations to all who participated in Melbourne’s 2017 Smart Seeds program.

Led by industry and building on the success of previous years, a group of bright young professionals came together to generate fresh ideas to tackle complex infrastructure challenges over 11 weeks.

Presenting their innovative concepts to senior professionals at a Showcase Event at Federation Square in Melbourne, the seven teams demonstrated the potential power of collaboration across organisations, sectors, disciplines and generations.

Well done to the ‘Grey Jobs’ team and ‘The Last Mile’ team for winning the Judges’ Award and People’s Choice Award respectively.

Click here for more information about the challenges tackled this year.

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

Teams and innovative ideas

Cohesive Communities

Students in the City

Grey Jobs

The City is our Ecosystem

The Last Mile

Attractive NEICS

Hack Melbourne


David Ryan
Managing Director, City West Water

Jill Garner
Victorian Government Architect, the Office of the Victorian Government Architect

Lachlan Bruce
Executive Director, Economic Projects & Facilitation,
Dept. of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources

Adele McCarthy
Director Strategy, Infrastructure Victoria

Team and judge photos © Dan A’Vard Photography

Participating Organisations

CitiPower and Powercor | CBA | Dept. of Education & Training | Dept. of Environment, Land, Water & Planning | Dept. of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources | GHD | Lendlease | Melbourne Metro Rail Authority | Parks Victoria | Places Victoria |
South East Water | Ventia | Veolia | VicRoads | Yarra Valley Water

Supporting Organisations

Committee for Melbourne | Infrastructure Victoria | Lendlease | Melbourne Water |
the Office of the Victorian Government Architect | RMIT | Victorian Planning Authority


All photos © Dan A’Vard Photography

Showcase Event
Ideation Workshop
Challenge Workshop