About the challenge

The Technology Infusion Grand Challenge (TIGC) invites you to use new technologies to solve today's pressing problems. We want you to use your insight, drive and tech-ability to bring your innovation to life.

This competition is a collaboration of La Trobe’s Centre of Technology Infusion and the La Trobe Accelerator Program in Melbourne who will guide you throughout the challenge, and will provide the winning team a two week all-expense paid mentorship stay.

2018 theme: Smart City Innovation

No region in the world is urbanising faster than Asia, and Asian cities have their own unique challenges which are different from European cities. For example, India alone will have five cities with a GDP greater than entire countries such as Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia.

With urban growth also come challenges of economic growth, sustainability, efficiency and live-ability. This year we are inviting you to use technology to help solve your own city's challenges.

How does the competition work?

The competition is open to final year undergraduate students from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses.

Part One

Form a team of up to five students, and submit your high-level concept or idea to your Head of Department for approval. Once approved, complete the online registration form for consideration for consideration by 31 August 2018.

Ideally, the project chosen could also be the final year undergraduate major project of the student team, with the topic aligned to this year's TGIC theme.

If your application is accepted, during the semester you will work to validate and refine your concept. Online materials will be available from La Trobe Accelerator Program to help guide you, including market validation, intellectual property, business strategy, entrepreneurial selling and pitching.

Towards the end of the semester your team is required to upload a video  presenting your concept and design. Up to ten winning teams will be given a small investment between $500 and $1000 to make a final prototype. These winners are decided by popular vote and TIGC's panel of judges.

Part Two

The second part of the challenge focuses on making a working prototype and fleshing out its business case.

It’s about validating your problem with first hand insight and refining the solution.

The teams who did not succeed in winning an investment in stage-one will be encouraged to work harder to enhance their concept and solution, and if they demonstrate significant progress, they will still be considered for the selection of the final winner.

At the end of the challenge (approximately in July/August 2019), teams will present their working concept at a show case event before an international jury in Mumbai or New Delhi.

During this phase, your team will receive one-on-one coaching and mentoring from the La Trobe Accelerator Program.


The winning team will receive an all expense* paid 2 week mentorship stay in Melbourne. During your stay, you will have a chance to work with academic and business experts within the Centre for Technology Infusion and the La Trobe Accelerator Program.

All participants who successfully complete the challenge will also get a completion certificate highlighting their achievement and any notable feedback from TGIC's international judging panel.

Find out how to apply


Registration is now open. View the Terms and Conditions.

*Expenses will include travel, accommodation and allowances for drinks and meals, according to La Trobe’s Policies. La Trobe University reserves the right to change the terms and conditions at any time in its absolute discretion.