Global Infrastructure Hub runs digital disruption competition

25 November 2019 - 12:00 am UTC

Digital solutions are needed to help the infrastructure industry deal with future challenges such as urbanisation, population growth and climate change, according to the Global Infrastructure Hub.

The G20 initiative today announced a search for digital innovations to help solve issues that infrastructure projects face in a disrupted world, in a competition run jointly with MIT Solve, part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Problems that may require digital solutions include smart technology, Artificial Intelligence to manage environmental risks and digitised electricity networks, according to the Hub.

The InfraChallenge competition is asking applicants to pitch big ideas for digital transformation. The winning entry will receive AUD 50,000 (USD 34,000) in funding and support from MIT Solve to scale up their digital solution.

“Whether it’s how 5G or the Internet of Things will fundamentally change how we live in our cities, or the greater availability of data and big data analytics for informed decision making, InfraChallenge is about unlocking digital ideas, solving big infrastructure issues, and bringing disruption to the industry to better prepare us for the future,” Global Infrastructure Hub Chief Investment Officer Marie Lam-Frendo said in a statement.

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