Melbourne-Bandung Innovation Series: Pitch Competition

Attend the Showcase Event, 13 October 4.30 PM AEDT/12.30 WIB

Register Here

Melbourne-Bandung Innovation Series: Pitch Competition

Attend the Showcase Event, 13 October 4.30 PM AEDT/12.30 WIB

Register Here

Pitch Your Solution & Win!

Pitch your solution to one of the  four Shared City Challenges from our Innovation Series  sessions:

  1. Inclusive Entrepreneurship: How might we better address the entrepreneurship challenges faced by underrepresented groups through innovative solutions that minimise barriers and increase access to opportunities?
  2. Resilience Innovations: How might we use innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact on our cities and better prepare and adapt our cities to be resilient to natural disasters and climate change?
  3. Creative Approaches to Tourism: How might we use creative and innovative solutions to reimagine tourism/visitor experiences to reach new audiences and revitalise the tourism industry post-COVID?
  4. Public Health Innovation: How might we use innovative solutions to address public health challenges above and beyond COVID-19 by utilising approaches that were unearthed during the pandemic and can be applied ongoing into the future?

We are looking for submissions that

  • Address one of the four Shared City Challenges covered in the Melbourne-Bandung Innovation Series.
  • Propose solutions that have the potential to be applied to both Melbourne and Bandung (or Australia and Indonesia more broadly).
  • Are new and innovative and may not have been trialled before in Melbourne, Bandung or the world.
  • Are proactive solutions that are data and evidence-driven and have the ability to have an impact and deliver results.

Eligibility criteria

  • Be resident in either Melbourne or Bandung (or if you are submitting as a team, at least one member of your team must be resident in either Melbourne or Bandung).
  • Be aged 18 years or over
  • Have registered and/or attended at least two of the four sessions in the Melbourne-Bandung Innovation Series.
  • Not be a member of the Judging Panel, nor an employee of City of Melbourne, SPARK Deakin, Greater Hub/ITB or anyone otherwise connected with organising or judging the Competition.

Participants must demonstrate the merit of their proposal against the competition evaluation criteria.

Important dates



Competition applications open  4 August  
Competition applications close  5 September  (extended!)
Judging Assessment September
Top Finalists Announced 24 September
Pitch Training Workshop with 11th Space 29 September
Pitch Showcase & Winners Announced  13 October 

Prize pool

We have a number of great prizes on offer tailored to the categories we have developed. Winners will have access to cash prizes not less than AU$ 4,000 and thousands of digital credits to help realise your ideas!

Judging Criteria

The judging panel includes representatives from Melbourne and Bandung. The panel will evaluate submissions based on the following six criteria:

  • Innovation – the extent to which the submission is unique to, or adds value to, existing solutions.
  • Impact – the extent to which the submission demonstrates the potential to effect change.
  • Scalability – the extent to which the submission can scale, including the appeal it has to secure buy-in and/or a wide consumer base.
  • Technically and conceptually sound – the extent to which the submission addresses the brief. Namely, the concerns and needs of our community (city workers, visitors and residents) and/or how it is supported by data or other evidence.
  • Feasibility – the ease with which the submission can translate into a sustainable and cost-effective operating model
  • Applicability to both Melbourne and Bandung – the extent to which the submission demonstrates the ability to be applied to both Melbourne and Bandung

Our Judges

Poppy Trewhella | Director of Programs and Partnerships – Startup Victoria

Poppy has spent thousands of hours in conversation with world-leading entrepreneurs, exited founders and tech executives. She leads Startup Vic’s industry partner network which includes Australia’s top investors, educators and service providers and Growth Club, an invite-only program for Victoria’s most successful scale-up founders.

Before Startup Victoria, Poppy led on growth at  PwC’s flagship social enterprise, Beyond Food. From there, she took her talents to consultancy firm businessthreezero, helping the executive teams of the UK’s biggest businesses to align around their strategy. Outside of her 9-5, you can find Poppy reading books, doing hip-hop yoga and exploring the far corners of Australia.

Biondi Sima | Digital Government Consultant – The World Bank

Biondi is currently working with the World Bank on digital government research portfolios. Biondi also lectures international relations at Hasanuddin University and serves as one of the Board of Directors at CAUSINDY. He is serving as one of the Smart City advisers to Palu City Mayor and has recently co-founded a platform to improve local talents’ competitiveness and productivity, @PaluProduktif.

Biondi previously led the implementation arm of the award-winning, West Java Governor’s digital unit, Jabar Digital Service, where he designed the Digital Village programme, supervised the crises centre and played a leadership role for the tech and data-driven policy intervention for West Java COVID-19 task force. This has shaped his experience in crises response and complex programme management within the government sector: handling over 245 projects and 140 partnerships that serve over 50 million populations. Biondi’s work has earned national and international recognitions, including Best Team under 35 by GovInsider, IMF-World Bank Young CSO Fellow, Open Government Young Ambassador by UKP4, and Indonesia’s G20 Youth Representative at the Y20 Summit.

Rebecca Hall | Commissioner for Victoria to Southeast Asia – Global Victoria

Rebecca is the newly appointed Commissioner for Victoria to Southeast Asia. She formerly leads Austrade’s engagement in promoting Australia’s international education sector.  As the Senior Industry Specialist, International Education, Rebecca formed part of the Trade and Investment Senior Leadership team, engaging across the Austrade global network and sector.  She oversaw Austrade’s AIE2025 strategy and Austrade services to support international education sector sustainability.

Her not-for-profit board experience includes appointments to the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA), the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) Queensland Branch and the Queensland Overseas Foundation (QOF) and as a board member and deputy chair of AFS Intercultural Programs Australia.


Terms and Conditions are authorised by Deakin University MBIS_Competition Terms and Conditions (403038.6)

This competition is a part of the 2021 Melbourne-Bandung Innovation Series

Our Finalists

Kafe Juke - Melbourne

Josephine Kristhianto

Culture Academy - Bandung


MUVi - Melbourne

Murray McDonald

PoreBlock - Bandung

Anisa Azizah

POPS4Public - Melbourne

Mohammad Mohammadi

EcoplastID - Bandung

Gabriel Butarbutar