Innovators create a new vision for Fishermans Bend
The City of Melbourne has embarked on a new initiative promising to transform Fishermans Bend into Australia’s premier innovation hub.
More than 20 talented entrepreneurs, researchers, start-ups and organisations submitted their creative concepts as part of the council’s Fishermans Bend Innovation Challenge – an Emerging Technology Testbed program, which aims to support bold ideas. Six finalists across two streams presented their ideas to a live audience and judging panel on Thursday, July 28 in Fishermans Bend.
Ideas stream finalists
- Data Flows: transforming information from water infrastructure into light-emitting beacon sculptures.
- Gaia Project Australia: creating high-yield, leafy green vertical urban farms, incorporating food systems into the city.
- Hungry Hugger: A vibrant market and a dedicated online platform to enhance Fishermans Bend’s local economy and community.
Pilot stream finalists
- Dating-style app for buildings: a prototype will invite locals and visitors to swipe their way through Fishermans Bend to learn about existing and proposed buildings.
- Solar-powered Gumnut: a project drawing on emerging technology to improve wayfinding and storytelling.
- Recycled Material Raingarden: a pilot which aims to increase biodiversity, reduce the risk of flooding and repurpose waste.
For more information: participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au •