Sustainable Development Goals


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Thanks to everyone who helped design a better world

On the weekend of 19th and 20th November, Sydney's best entrepreneurs, design thinkers, engineers and creatives came together over 48 hours to create, innovate, and ideate around two big issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals: Clean Energy and Sustainable Food.


In a marathon of thinking and design, the 65 participants in 13 teams, were asked to consider:


  • “The affordable, renewable energy revolution is taking place all over Australia - but not everyone has access to it. How might we remove the barriers to uptake of affordable, renewable energy for culturally and linguistically diverse and vulnerable communities in Australia?”


  • "Our planet (and farmers) will have to feed 8 billion people by 2025. How might we secure our future food systems by transforming the way consumers select their food at point of purchase?"



The Sustainable Development Goals Designathon

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The Sustainable Development Goals Designathon

© WWF / Richard Stonehouse


Meet our winning teams:


Clean Tech Idea:

  • ‘Xpeerience’ - offering an innovative microfinance scheme offering $1000 low interest loans for energy efficiency for vulnerable communities


Sustainable Food:

  • ‘Green Basket’ - simplifying and incentivising the process of choosing sustainable food at the supermarket


Judges Award:

  • ‘Supper Hero’ - aiming to reduce food waste in the home and reward sustainable practice


Most Innovative:

  • 'EcoSystem' - using vertical community gardens to bring communities and food produce together 


Highest Business Potential:

  • ‘Sprout’ - an online platform where individuals can invest in rooftop urban farms


These winning prototypes will be profiled in front of hundreds of industry leaders at the Sustainable Development Goals Conference and Banksia Awards. Interested in coming along? Click here


“There’s no doubt that we face some tough challenges with climate change and food security, so we threw this challenge out to the entrepreneur and design-thinking community.


We’re excited to see how these prototypes develop. And we’ll be working with the newly formed startups to explore market viability.”

WWF-Australia CEO, Dermot O’Gorman

The Sustainable Development Goals Designathon

© WWF / Richard Stonehouse


After our two day ‘designathon’, the winning prototypes were decided by a panel of industry leading judges including: Kate Smither (Saatchi & Saatchi), Piers Grove (Energy Lab), and Climate Change Lawyer, Joanna Zhou.

  The event was hosted by WWF-Australia in the lead up to the Sustainable Development Goals conference, due to take place at the University of Sydney Business school on the 29th & 30th November. 

Other prizes included:

Cash Prizes
$4,000 in cash prizes
Incubation prizes for the best prototypes
Secure a package of incubation support alongside EnergyLabs or Simplot (John West)
Expert-led courses
$4,500 worth of Academy Xi course
Ongoing mentorship
From some leading CEO’s across Australian industry and NGOs

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

One year ago, world leaders came together to do some collective thinking - and finalised a plan to fix some of the biggest issues facing our society.


Out of this meeting the Sustainable Development Goals were born; A roadmap to transform our world, help to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.


Thousands of leaders and millions of folks from around the globe are getting on with it, pedal-to-the-metal, solving some of the biggest issues we face as a society.


And now we have the chance here in Australia to get creative and make these goals a reality. Not only will you have the opportunity to create meaningful social change, it’s a great opportunity to network and learn design-thinking methods, rapid prototyping, and start-up development tools.

The Sustainable Development Goals Designathon

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The Sustainable Development Goals Conference brought groups together to discuss how Australia will deliver on the agenda of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - a set of global goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda.


Got a question? Reach out to Reece Proudfoot, Innovation Strategist


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Thank You

You have successfully registered your submission for WWF-Australia’s Design-a-thon!

We will be in touch shortly after the registration deadline date of November 4 to let you know if you’ve been selected to take part in the event. Share this opportunity with your friends, colleagues, and anyone else you know who might be interested in using their technical or creative skills to help create social impact and meaningful change.

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