Telstra Innovation Challenge


Innovating today for a healthier tomorrow

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The challenge

Solve some of the most intestring 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 bloom!

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.

Times and dates

University (National and Online)
16th   Challenge Problem released on website.
16th - 22nd   Solution research and draft design.
26th   Development Kits sent out.
2nd - May 6th   Solution development time with weekly interactive online technical support sessions..
8th - 11th   Team pitches and judging for top 3 teams.
21st - 25th   Solution development time with technical support available in Telstra Labs (9am-5pm).
25th   Interstate top 3 teams flown to Melbourne.
26th  Final pitches, judging and awards ceremony.

Public (Melbourne, Vic)
16th   Challenge Problem released on website.
7th - 11th   Solution research and draft design.
19th - 20th  Launch weekend and dev kit distribution
21st - 25th   Solution development time with technical support available in Telstra Labs (9am-5pm).
26th  Final pitches, judging and awards ceremony.


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.

  • not found 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 and judging


    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. Telstra employees can register but must have a non Telstra team member in their team 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 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 and will be assessed based on the following equally weighed 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 (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.

    Major prizes will be awarded to the winning team from each stream of the Challenge. In addition to the major prize, there will be a supplementary prize awarded to a team who performs particularly well in the Innovation 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.


    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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