Frequently Asked Questions

Here you will find some of the commonly asked questions about the Technology Infusion Grand Challenge. If you have any additional questions please email

How can I participate?

To participate, form a team of three to five participants and register your interest. An application form will be emailed to you. The form will be made available between 1st August and 15th September 2019 on the website. Your form will need to be approved and signed by your Head of Department.

What are some examples of problems that might be addressed?

Below are some examples of smart city initiatives that may give you some inspiration:

- A Korean city implemented smart water meters, which today double functions as a social health alert: family of people who haven’t used water in two days are sent an alert.

- When Mexico tested smart pre-clearance for border passing, it not only reduced waiting times – which were caused by stricter border controls – but it also created entirely new service models for transport companies.

- The blood bank in Amsterdam uses smart heat exchange systems to ‘store’ the cold from their water system in the winter, in order to keep blood cool in summer.

- Melbourne can get hot in summer and its tree health sensors measure the water needs and co2 conversion of the trees, the city council maintain the foliage that protects the city.

- A hamburger chain implemented smart gas meters, to warn them when a bottle was about to go empty, but they also found that they hadn’t been receiving full gas tanks all the while, generating significant savings.

How can I win? What is the judging criteria?

The final judgement criteria will be:

1. Validity of the problem being solved (25%)

  • How well is the problem defined and supported?
  • Have the risks and opportunities of the concept been identified and assessed?

2. Originality and impact of the solution (25%)

  • How unique is the solution?
  • Impact: Is it an incremental improvement or transformative solution?

3. Engineering/IT excellence of the prototype (25%)

  • Degree of technical difficulty in building the solution
  • It's functional excellence for the end-user(s)

4. Commercialisation potential of the solution (25%)

  • Commercialisation potential demonstrated by clarity of an exit strategy if this was a start-up initiative.

Keep in mind, that at the end of the challenge, even though each criteria will be weighed equally, a high score in engineering excellence is a prerequisite: and a working prototype is a requirement that cannot be compensated by the other factors.

What are the key dates and deadlines?

Part 1

Applications: applications will be open from 1 August to 15 September 2019

End of first semester video submissions: due November 2019

At the halfway point of the Technology Infusion Grand Challenge, the top ten teams who will receive an investment will be announced. Teams who do not win an investment at halfway point will be given specific feedback and encouraged to work harder to enhance their concept and solution. They will be considered for the final judging if they demonstrate significant progress.

Part 2

Submission of final project: 15 July 2020

Final event: To be confirmed (mid-end of August 2020)

Is there a participation fee?

No, participation in the challenge is free.