Adelaide 2019

Smart Seeds Adelaide is now complete!


Congratulations to our Judges and Peoples choice award winning teams, and to all participants teams for their willingness to  innovate, engage, and persuade with the shared goal of co-creating lasting community benefit in SA.

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Showcase Event

11th April 2019

Order of Events 

5:00 PM Arrival

5:10 PM Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country

5:30 PM Presentations

People’s Choice Voting and Judges deliberations

6:40 PM Awards Announcement

Networking, Nibbles and Drinks

7:30 PM Conclusion

Masters of Ceremonies

Adelaide Program Lead

Clint Spencer
Technical Director – Transportation, Manager – Transport and Aviation, GHD

Program Designer and Facilitator

Myles Coker
Senior Advisor Innovation and Commercialisation, GHD

Judging Panel

Sarah Howell, Restaurateur and Hospitality Group Director
Richard Hillis, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Performance), University of Adelaide
Hon. David Pisoni MP, Minister for Industry and Skills, Government of South Australia
Van Tang, State Manager, GHD
Jon Whelan, Executive Director, Transport Project Delivery, DPTI

Presenting Teams

Challenge A

How might we leverage large-scale publicly funded projects to attract and sustain private investment in innovation?

From big government spend to local innovation dividend

Yanyan Xiao, DPTI SA Government
Jenna Holder, GHD
Subhro Mondal, Hansen Yuncken
Alice Peters, KPMG
Peter Golotta, SARAH Constructions

Mentor: Elijah Eilert, Lean Startup Coach 

Challenge Fellow: Adrian Esplin, SARAH Constructions

Challenge B

How might we enhance our lifestyle offerings to attract, retain and return talent to SA industry?

Adelaide - Our little secret

Scott Wagenfeller, DPTI SA Government
Ben Luo, GHD
Alana Marks, Hansen Yuncken
Nathan Goodwin, SA Power Networks
Chris Varvaris, SARAH Constructions

Mentor: Peter Keaney, KPMG

Challenge Fellows:
Martin Hiziak, Adelaide Airport 
Carly Smith, Alexander Simons
Scott Brumfield, Hansen Yuncken

Challenge C

How might we fast-track the adoption of renewable energy to create self-sustaining regional economies?

Regional Green Microgrids

Con Nikolaou, Adelaide Airport
Rachel Wardle, DPTI SA Government
Stephen Elley, GHD
Lindsay Clift, KPMG
Harmeet Sandhu, SA Power Networks

Mentor: Lewis Dunnigan, Bygen

Challenge Fellows:
Milan Vujasinovic, GHD
John Noonan, IET Network

Challenge D

How might we continually evolve our education to meet the future needs of communities, industry and government?

GDSA - Make SA Grads even greater

Lachlan McKenzie, Adelaide Airport
Michael Marks, DPTI SA Government
Lex Baker, GHD
Craig Holm, Hansen Yuncken
Jayne Fitzpatrick, SARAH Constructions

Mentor: Clint Spencer, GHD

Challenge Fellows: Peter Barnard, SA Power Networks

Challenge E

How might we foster a sense of social responsibility for community mental health and wellbeing?

Coolamon Co-op

Melanie Keetch, DPTI SA Government
Michael Flood, GHD
Adrian Parrella, Hansen Yuncken
Santosh Koirala, SA Power Networks
Melisha Willington, SARAH Constructions

Mentor: Teresa Robinson, University of Adelaide

Challenge Fellows: Jon Whelan, DPTI SA Government

Challenge F:

How might we establish world-class collaborative places and spaces in Adelaide while enabling inter-regional connectivity and opportunity?


Jason Tomczyk, Adelaide Airport
Joel Kirk, GHD
Brooke Copeland, Hansen Yuncken
Gabbi Zaccari, SA Power Networks
Edward Scammel, SARAH Constructions

Team Mentor: Ben Morton, Bygen

Challenge Fellows: Philipp Dautel, Tonsley Precinct Director, Renewal SA

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Participant Resources

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Key Dates

Challenge Workshop 5 December 2018
Boot Camp Day 1 7 March 2019
Boot Camp Day 2 8 March 2019
Pitch Workshop 21 March 2019
Showcase Event 11 April 2019



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