Newcastle 2017

Young professionals in Newcastle took part in Smart Seeds for the second time in 2017.

Six multi-disciplinary teams made up of 26 young professionals from 12 different organisations explored real-life challenges facing the region – prepared collaboratively by senior industry professionals.

Over 12 weeks, participants analysed and dissected these challenges by applying ideation techniques that encourage innovation and creative thinking, supported by mentors from across the participating organisations.

Click here for more information on the challenges tackled in Newcastle in 2017.

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Teams and innovative ideas

The Newy Nudge

Challenge authors: Lake Macquarie City Council, GHD


Challenge authors: Hunter WaterGHD


Challenge authors: Centennial CoalGHD


Challenge authors: Hunter Development Corporation, Lake Macquarie City Council

Mega Tonnes to Mega Watts

Challenge authors: VeoliaGHD

New Connect

Challenge authors: Hunter New England HealthHunter Business Chamber

Judging panel


Susan Wilson
CEO, Regional Development Australia – Hunter

Dr Jim Bentley
CEO, Hunter Water

Associate Professor Steven Weller
Deputy Head, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, University of Newcastle

pictured with Phil Pigram (Manager – Hunter and Northern NSW, GHD) at third from left

Participating organisations

ARTC | Centennial Coal | GHD | Hunter Business Chamber | Hunter Development Corporation | Hunter New England Local Health District | Hunter Water | Lake Macquarie City Council | Port of Newcastle | Regional Development Australia – Hunter | Sparke Helmore Lawyers | University of Newcastle | Ventia | Veolia

Supporting organisations

Hunter Development Corporation | Hunter Water | University of Newcastle

Showcase event photos

Contact us for more information

Michael Ulph | +61 2 4979 9999