The Open Innovation Competition is the City of Melbourne's yearly challenge to solve a city issue. It's an open competition where everyone is invited to propose their solutions to a problem.

Since 2018, the event has tapped into the creativity and expertise of our community and stimulated new ideas and effective solutions.

This year, the theme for the Open Innovation Competition is ‘zero-carbon and climate technology’. The Competition encourages innovators, entrepreneurs, students and community members to submit their bright ideas to solve a challenge.

We are launching a new resource this year to help you. It's an online training and support system to help you develop a strong pitch. The system is lead by experts who know a lot about building and explaining businesses that focus on climate solutions. The training is free and available to everyone involved this year.

Join us to explore the latest trends, tackle key challenges, and unlock exciting opportunities in achieving zero carbon targets. We invite the community to find practical and innovative ways to make the City of Melbourne more sustainable and combat climate change.

Attend our launch event

To mark the launch of this 6 week long competition, we’ve assembled a panel of experts, innovators and leaders in their field to share their knowledge, experiences and insights.

The launch event will feature a moderated panel discussion and a live Q&A with the audience to help spark inspiration to solve this year’s problem statement.

Date: Monday 18 March 2024

Time: 5pm for a 5.30pm start, until 8pm

Location: Forum 1&2, Melbourne Connect, 700 Swanston St, Carlton

The panel discussion will be followed by networking and light refreshments.

This event marks the competition officially open for applications until they close Sunday 28 April 2024.

Save your seat to the Open Innovation 2024 launch

Event launch - Guest speakers

A headshot of Richard Simpson.

Richard Simpson


Managing Director, Energy and Corporate Innovation at Startup Bootcamp


A headshot of Al Reid.

Al Reid

Guest speaker

Chief Operations Officer at microFleet


Headshot of Emma Robinson

Emma Robinson

Guest speaker

Manager Zero Carbon City at City of Melbourne


Headshot of Andrew Butt

Andrew Butt

Guest speaker

Professor - Sustainability and Urban Planning at RMIT University


Headshot of Vicky Featherston.

Vicky Featherston

Guest speaker

Co-founder and Head of Strategy & Operations at HAL Systems


Open Innovation Competition