Innovators Create a New Vision for Fishermans Bend

The City of Melbourne has launched a new initiative that promises to transform Fishermans Bend into Australia’s premier innovation hub.

More than 20 talented entrepreneurs, researchers, start-ups and organizations 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 jury on Thursday 28 July in Fishermans Bend.

Finalists Idea Stream
  • Data Flows: transforming information from water infrastructure into luminous beacon sculptures.
  • Gaia Project Australia: Creating high-yield, leafy green urban vertical farms, integrating food systems into the city.
  • Hungry Hugger: A vibrant marketplace and dedicated online platform to improve Fishermans Bend’s local economy and community.
Pilot Stream Finalists
  • Building dating-like app: A prototype invites locals and visitors to swipe through Fishermans Bend to learn about existing and proposed buildings.
  • Solar Gumnut: A project based on emerging technology to improve signage and storytelling.
  • Recycled Material Raingarden: a pilot aimed at increasing biodiversity, reducing the risk of flooding and reusing waste.

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