Bright young minds across the architecture, engineering and infrastructure sectors will come together on various dates throughout March and May to develop multidisciplinary solutions to the challenges facing modern cities.

‘Smart Seeds’ is a 10-week competition, conceived by GHD engineering and consultancy firm, in which employees of various industry parties are asked to form teams and solve some of the issues arising in the urban design and infrastructure sectors.

Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane will all host three Smart Seeds workshops—including a Challenge, Launch and Mid-Point workshop—as well as a final Showcase Event each. The idea is that participants will work on their projects under the guidance of Mentors and multidisciplinary influences throughout the workshops events before they present their projects to judges at the final showcase.

Participants must be employed by participating organisations which include the likes of Lend Lease, GHD, Powercor, Engineers Australia, Bentley Systems and Innovation Interchange, as well as a host of government departments from the states of QLD, NSW and Victoria.

Jeremy Stone, Group Manager Innovation at GHD, hopes that Smart Seed’s format will encourage fresh ideas to address infrastructure challenges and equip participants with vital skills that can transfer into the workplace.

“Participants can look forward to learning new innovation skills that they can use to influence positive change in their workplaces; skills like creative idea generation techniques, idea assessment, and pitching ideas to win support and progress to delivery,” he says.

“Supporters and audiences eagerly await fresh ideas to solve some of our trickiest infrastructure challenges.”

Each Smart Seed location has specific program dates and participating organisations. More information on each can be found here: