The D3 Digital Challenge Initiative offers a new way of working to solve complex problems in an innovative way to help make people’s lives better.
Each Challenge tackles one problem at a time. Digital entrepreneurs, innovators, those with lived experiences and those passionate about solving the problem are invited to get involved.
Competitors take part by immersing themselves in the D3 three step process: discuss, design and deliver.
In Discuss, teams work together to understand the problem by discussing it with those who have experienced it.
In Design, teams work to draw insights from their discussion to design their concept. Teams consider how technology can complement their business concept.
In Deliver,teams develop a pitch for their business concept and present to a panel of expert judges. The best concept is awarded some initial funding to help progress the concept.
A typical Challenge consists of:
An Information Session to introduce the challenge topic and understand the process.
A series of workshops over two days to:
- discuss and define the problem to be solved
- learn and do people-centred customer research to inform design concepts
- receive tips and coaching to deliver a quality pitch
A Pitch Night where all business concepts are presented to a panel of judges.
The Competitor team with the best business concept is awarded money to develop and test it with customers over the following four to six weeks. At the end of this testing and validation period, the Competitor(s) are invited to present their business concept and business model to potentially acquire some early-stage development funding from the Challenge Owner or partners.
Is a D3 Digital Challenge for you?
Has your organisation been struggling with a complex problem and not sure what to do next?
Are you a digital innovator, looking to solve a complex problem, keen to build or extend a business and use tech for good?
Are you keen on shaping the future with your insights and experience?
Then a D3 Digital Challenge might be the answer you have been looking for.
Browse through the resources on this website to get familiar with the Challenge experience and read the Get involved page to learn more.
On Thursday 5 April, SA Health held the Pitch and Awards night for D3 Digital Challenge #6 – Healthy Kids Menu.
Seven teams pitched their innovative business solutions ranging from game-based apps, to social media streams, and set meal kits. All ideas focused on increasing the amount of healthy food options available for children when dining out, in line with SA Health’s Healthy Kids Menu initiative.
Impressed by the variety and creativity of the solutions proposed, the judging panel presented two teams with best concept awards on the night. The successful teams will receive $15,000 to kick-start research and development of a viable business model.
The first winner, Feed Studios, will develop pre-prepared food kits, including customisable menus and promotions to drive consumer demand. The judges were impressed by the practicality of the solution and Feed Studios' approach to addressing the challenge at the supply end.
The second winner, Evolve Food Foundation, aim to tackle the demand side of the challenge with an app-based game and recipe-sharing database for food outlets. The potential for the concept to influence social behaviours appealed greatly to the judges.
Over the next four weeks each team will receive business mentoring and coaching from LeapSheep, and support from SA Health to further develop their ideas and business plans. The winning teams will present their final prototype to SA Health in May, where they will have the opportunity to receive further funding.
ICT and Digital Government has been pleased to support and accompany SA Health during their journey leading D3 Challenge #6.
This collaboration marks a new approach for D3 Challenges, as we eagerly await the release of our interactive D3 Challenge e-learning package. The online resource will be available for any interested party willing to use the D3 model in the future.
For more information on this Challenge and to keep up to date with further developments, visit the current D3 Challenge.
D3 Challenge# 6 Healthy Kids Menu is here. Lead by SA Health and supported by ICT and Digital Government, the challenge aims to encourage more healthy food choices for children in our hospitality venues.
We all want our children to live healthy, active lives and increasing the amount of lean protein, fruit and vegetables they eat is a great way to do that. Participants in the Healthy Kids Menu D3 Challenge will work with venues, topic experts and families to find ways that shape healthy eating outside the home.
D3 Challenges are especially appealing to start-ups, innovators, entrepreneurs, developers and designers. Taking part can be an ideal way to grow your fledgling business. Mentoring and initial support is offered to solutions that support increasing the amount of healthy food choices available for children in a way that benefits both families and venues.
Those who have a keen interest in this topic may also volunteer to be a life expert to help shape the solution.
Come along to the Information Session on Tuesday, 27 February to learn more. Visit the current D3 Challenge to register to attend.
For more information on this challenge visit the current D3 Challenge or email: HealthHiap@sa.gov.au
Congratulations to all the teams who pitched their ideas Friday 21 October 2016.
Newventive, Team Fujitsu and Ediki all won a Launch Pad award – a $15,000 grant to turn their idea into a prototype. Newventive for their DropZone activation tool and digital marketing campaign. Team Fujitsu for their phone application with virtual rewards to engage children and Ediki for their school sharing communities’ adaption of MyCarpools.
Move It Kids were recognised with the new Design Process Award, an award aimed at recognising good process, development of skills and capability and a real focus on the user. ElectronicallyE was recognised with the People’s Choice award for Moova, a wearable digital wrist device.
Great work teams and good luck to the teams awarded the Launch Pad, we look forward to seeing your prototype and business model.
We’re excited to announce our next D3 Challenge – Schoolkids on the Move.
This challenge is about getting more kids walking, cycling and scooting to school, safely. The rates of active travel to school have declined as more kids are travelling by car. Reducing children’s dependence on car travel has many benefits. Physical activity is important for the growth and development of children. Less car travel will improve their learning, development and independence.
We want help to come up with digital solutions to enable more families to choose active ways to get to school. If your team comes up with a winning idea we will provide financial support and mentoring.
For more information on this challenge and to register, visit the current D3 Challenge or email: D3Challenges@sa.gov.au.
The latest D3 Challenge culminated in a public pitch event at the Science Exchange on Thursday 10 December, with nine teams competing for a share of $60,000 in grant funds.
The teams were tasked with the mission to create a digital solution to help keep women safe and each had 5 minutes to present their idea to a panel of judges and the gathered crowd.
The teams all presented ways to address the challenge; from innovative ways to educate and build resilience among young people, to personal information storage, social media communication and assistance with appropriate language use around the topic.
The judges awarded the following teams with grants to further develop their ideas:
Technology for Women’s Safety will develop a prototype phone diary app for families, friends and support groups to help women in need via a digital tool kit.
ASMS Innovators, a group of year 10 and 11 students from the Australian Science and Mathematics School, will explore their ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ style solution which will educate young people and encourage peer to peer conversations.
Cartland Law will develop their Artificial Intelligence Legal Information Research Assistant (AILIRA) idea to navigate information on domestic violence law to empower women and aid support services.
We now wait to see what the teams will deliver at the end of January, with each team having the potential to receive funding for further development of their idea.
Twelve talented teams were up for the challenge to create an innovative digital solution that keeps women safe.
On Day 1 of the challenge, teams presented their ideas to a world class panel consisting of survivors, business specialists and entrepreneurs who looked at the viability of the pitch and used their expertise to guide the teams.
On Day 2, teams received coaching and mentoring on how to sell their concept to a panel of legal, business, media and innovation professionals. The Activity Based Working environment at the ICT and Digital Government proved to be an inspiring area to facilitate the day's activities.
Finalists will be decided this Thursday 10 December, where teams will pitch their ideas to a panel of judges with the most impressive ideas securing a $15,000 grant.
D3 Digital Challenge #3 – Keeping Women Safe is now open.
This challenge is about women and children having the right to feel safe and live without fear of violence. Perpetrators of violence are increasingly using technology to facilitate their abuse of women. This challenge is looking for teams to develop solutions that can contribute to a happy, healthy and safe environment for women.
The Challenge aims to create digital solutions that help keep women safe, prevent perpetrators from reoffending and better inform women about the risk that technology can present.
Information Session, 10 November 4:30 – 6:00 pm. Flinders University, 182 Victoria Square - Closed
Day 1 – Monday 23 November 2015, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Flinders University, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide
Day 2 – Saturday 5 December 2015, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Flinders University, 182 Victoria Square, Adelaide
Pitch Night - Thursday 10 December 2015, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide.
For more information on this challenge and to register, visit the YourSAy website or email: D3Challenges@sa.gov.au.