Telstra Innovation Challenge


Build the future of agriculture

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That's a wrap!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's Telstra Innovation Challenge! We had so many exciting submissions and our judges had the hard task of selecting our winners. On May 13th, 8 finalists pitched their ideas to a panel of IoT and agricultural experts. From those 8 teams, 3 took home fame and glory:
Public Stream Winner: DiUS
Uni Stream Winner: Team CQU
Most Innovative Idea: Farmate (RMIT University)
You can find all details about this year's winners on the Telstra Exchange
Don't forget to check out and subscribe to our Telstra Innovation Challenge Channel
We also made a GitHub Repository!

The challenge

Solve some of the largest problems that Australian agriculture faces today by designing, hacking, and coding with a team of fellow innovators. The Challenge has no boundaries, as long as the solution benefits Australian agriculture. Finalists will pitch their solution to an expert panel, be in the running for a range of great prizes, and help build the future of Australia's agricultural industry.
For starters, there's a hardware kit for each team (details below), which is yours to keep just for participating. On top of this, winning teams will receive some fantastic gear, a cash prize, and more!

The Telstra Innovation Challenge will be split into two different challenge streams: Public and University. Both streams will compete separately and at different times, and the top teams from each will be invited to our Finals Pitch Night in Melbourne on the 13th of May. The winning team from each stream will be handsomely rewarded for their achievements.

Keeping it moo-bile

Take advantage of Telstra's 4G network to connect your newly-created agricultural solution. We'll provide you with all the bits and pieces you need to get up and running with Australia's best mobile network.

A bit of hardware hacking

With the help of LittleBird Electronics, we'll provide each team with a 15% discount code that can be used on the LittleBird Web Store. With this voucher, plus the Genuino 101 and Cat-1 shield, you will be able to turn your ideas into reality. Branch out and let your imagination bloom!

And a lot of coding

Collect data and send it to Telstra's IoT Platform - then process, display, analyse or interact with your creation from the cloud using an extensive set of APIs.

Times and dates


Gurrowa, which means Interchange in the Wurung language, is the centerpiece of Telstra's innovation and technology research capabilities, and will be the venue for the Public stream, final pitches, and awards ceremony.


In the heart of Melbourne, level 2 at Telstra's Global Headquarters building at 242 Exhibition Street.

Massive Space

Flexible workspaces for up to 212 in total, from individual sit/stand desks to large project benches and quiet focus rooms.

On site workshops

Bench space for prototyping and a fully equipped electronics lab for testing

Social Hub

Presentation stage and social hub for finding out what's happening next and figuring out what to do about it.

The kit

The supplied kit will include a microprocessor, a very special shield, sensors, switches, LEDs and everything else you need to prototype and build the future of agriculture.

This nifty piece of hardware combines a sleek and simple form-factor with the energy-efficient functionality of Intel®'s Quark™ microprocessor and super-intellegent Intel® Curie™ module. It also includes bluetooth, an onboard accelerometer, and a whole stack of additional features for you to hack.

Find out more here.

Sensors and Switches

We'll give you a whole bunch of stuff to get going, but remember, you can add in whatever you want as well.

More info about the kits, sensors, and registrations will be revealed in the near future. Register your interest to stay up to date with all the latetst announcements.

Cellular Shield

Wow. We can't wait to show you what we've been cultivating here at Telstra.

This cellular shield uses a brand new Quectel® LTE Category 1 module powered by Qualcomm Technologies'® chipset. This cool piece of tech has been specially optimised for low-power applications and is a key enabler for the future of IoT connectivity.

Rules and judging


There are a few things to remember when getting your team together.

  • Register your interest for either the Uni or Public challenges (not both), but be prepared to form a team with 2-4 members and a nominated team leader. Telstra employees can register, as well as the general public and university students.
  • We're looking for both developers and creative contributors. That's not to say you can't be both! But figure out if you want to focus on the big picture idea or the details of implementation. When you form your team, make sure you have representatives from both camps.
  • All coding for your entry must be done during the course of the challenge, although you are allowed to use any readily accessible open-source projects you like as building blocks - if you're not sure, just check with one of the organisers from Telstra.
  • Your participation is subject to the Telstra Innovation Challenge Terms and Conditions, which you must read and agree to prior to registration.
  • We reserve the right to disqualify teams from the event if we believe they are attempting to cheat, enter both the Public and Uni streams, or otherwise undermine the competition. Keep it fair, folks!


The judging panel will consist of senior leaders from Telstra and our partners for the event (stay tuned for more information). Teams will present their solution with a 5 minute pitch and will be assessed based on the following equally weighed criteria:

  • Applicability to the agricultural challenge - your ability to clearly articulate the details of your solution
  • Originality - the extent that you have created something new and exciting
  • Technology used - your use of the tools provided for the challenge
  • Execution - the quality of your completed prototype. We want you to go outside, stick your device in the dirt, and prove to the judges the quality of your construction.

Major prizes will be awarded to the winning team from each stream of the Challenge. In addition to the major prize, there may be supplementary prizes awarded for groups who perform particularly well in a specific category. All decisions are final and binding in all respects. Unless otherwise stated, all prizes are awarded to the winning team as a whole, not to individual members.


We've maxed-out both streams of the Telstra Innovation Challenge! Thanks to all those who got in early and registered their team. We can't wait to see what you build!

Registration - Public Stream (Full)

Times and Dates

Saturday, 06/05/2017, 9:00 am – Saturday, 13/05/2017, 5:00 pm AEDT

Ticket Details

We have reached capacity for the Public stream!

Frequently asked questions