Telstra Innovation Challenge


Innovating today for a healthier tomorrow

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The challenge

Solve some of the most interestring challenges faced by Australia's Health and Wellness industry by designing, hacking, and coding with a team of fellow innovators. We're looking for solutions that empower either individuals or healthcare professionals in health and wellness management, through Internet of Things applications. We'll be providing qualifying teams with everything we think they'll need to get up and running, including a development kit designed specifically for Australian innovators and developers. Finalists will pitch their solution to an expert judging panel, be in the running for a range of cash prizes, and help build the future of Australia's Health and Wellness industry!

Click here to view the Bupa problem statement video script.
The Telstra Innovation Challenge is split into two different challenge streams: Public and University. Both streams will compete separately and at different times, and the top three teams from each stream will be invited to pitch at our Final Pitch and Awards Day in Melbourne on the 26th of May 2018. The winning team from each stream will receive some great prizes, and one particually creative team from the finalists will be selected as the winner of the "Innovation Award"!

Keeping it mobile with the Internet of Things

Take advantage of Telstra’s mobile network to connect your newly-created health and wellness solution. We’ll provide you with a Telstra SIM card, provided by Cisco Jasper to get you up and running using Cat M1 technology.

A bit of hardware hacking

With the help of Little Bird Electronics, we'll provide each team with a 15% discount code that can be used on the LittleBird Web Store(See Little Bird website for details). With this voucher, plus the Telstra Cat-M1 development board, you could to turn your ideas into reality. Branch out and let your imagination run wild!

And a lot of coding

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

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 26th, 7 finalists pitched their ideas to a panel of IoT and health experts. From those 7 teams, 3 took home fame and glory:

Public Stream Winner: Lynxx

Uni Steam Winner: Team Laika (RMIT University)

Innovation Award Winner: Health is Wealth

You can find all the details about this year's winners including videos on the Telstra Exchange

We Also made a Git Hub Repository


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.

Open IoT Lab

State-of-the-art prototyping and testing for all aspects of your IoT solution, including 3D printing.

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 development kit will include a heap of things to help you protoype and build the future of healthcare. The kit includes:
  • Single Arduino-compatible development board
  • Connectivity provided by a Quectel BG96 radio module and our 3 million+ square kilometres of Cat-M1 Network Coverage.
  • On board Sensors including Accelerometer, Temperature Sensor and Ambient Light Sensor.
  • Powered by an Atmel G55 Cloud Co-Processor.
  • Additional Plug in Shield with OLED Screen + BLE Module.
  • Can be powered by Battery or via USB.
  • Compatible with Telstra's IoT Platform and Microsoft Azure.

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    Click here to view a 3D render of our brand new dev kit! (Adobe Reader required to view.)
  • Development Board

    At the heart of the technology to be used in this challenge is this intelligent little device, which we've spent the past few months putting together in conjunction with Tekt Industries.

    Cat M1 Technology

    This new capability is provided on this board by a Quectel BG96 module, powered by a Qualcomm chipset. Cat-M1 is a new standard of radio technology specifically designed for Internet of Things (or IoT) devices

    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.

    Rules, Judging and Prizes


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

        Register for either the Uni or Public stream (not both).
        Be prepared to form a team with 2-4 members and a nominated team leader. The general public, university students and Telstra employees can register. Note that must have a non Telstra team member in their team as well as
       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 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 bypass the rules, enter both the Public and Uni streams, or otherwise undermine the competition. Keep it fair, folks!


    The final 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 via a 5 minute pitch with 5 minutes of Q&A. Throughout the various Challenge judging rounds, solutions will be assessed based on the following criteria:

       Technical Execution and Solution Functionality (35%) – your ability to utilise the development kit provided to build a working prototype with functionalities that will distinguish your technical solution from others. Please note that for the University stream this component will also include a code assessment covering performance, structure, functionality and formatting.
       Innovation & Marketability (25%) - your ability to come up with an innovative and marketable solution for a real problem faced by the Health and Wellness industry.
       Overall Solution Quality and Presentation (25%) – your ability to demonstrate a strong understanding of your solution and how it can play a role in solving a specific problem in the Health and Wellness industry, by pitching your solution clearly and answering questions effectively.
       User Experience (15%) – your ability to design a product that provides a great user experience either through your current implementation or articulation of future improvement considerations. Here are some tips for creating a great user experience.


    The winning team from each stream of the Challenge will be awarded with $10,000 AUD (GST inclusive) to be shared between team members, as well as one Intel® NUC Home Mini PC NUC7i3BNHXF per team member up to four team members. All finalists from either the University or Public stream are also eligible to win a special Innovation Award. The winning team for Innovation will be awarded $2,000 AUD (GST inclusive) to be shared between team members, as well as one Intel® Movidius™ Neural Compute Stick per team member up to four team members.

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    Intel® NUC Home Mini PC NUC7i3BNHXF.

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    Registration for the Universtiy stream is now closed.
    Registration for the Public stream is still open!

    You can register for the Public stream as either an individual or team.

    Public registration closes: Thursday 3rd May at midnight


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