Wyatt Roy

Put the sustainability policies you’d like to see under the noses of the new federal government front bench by pitching them for consideration at a one-day “innovation policy hackathon” being held in Sydney on 17 October.

New assistant minister for innovation Wyatt Roy announced the initiative late last week.

He said Policy Hack would be facilitated by startup accelerator BlueChilli and bring together representatives from startups, venture capital funds, accelerators, other components of the innovation ecosystem, higher education, science, research and policy experts from key government departments.

“Policy Hack is a strong, initial foray into disrupting the traditional policymaking process,” Mr Roy said.

“It’s an opportunity to bring together key innovators and entrepreneurs from around our country to directly engage with the government on how we can foster innovation and entrepreneurship.”

Policy proposals and the teams presenting them will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  1. Value proposition – Does the proposal address a clear and present problem in the innovation ecosystem, and has the problem been clearly articulated?
  2. Impact – Does the proposal contribute to making the innovation ecosystem stronger?
  3. Implementation – Is the proposal practical to implement; has the proposal identified required resources (public and private); has the proposal indicated who would be the relevant stakeholders? Is the proposal practically achievable in realistic timeframes?
  4. Value for money – Has consideration been made to proposal’s potential costs?
  5. International comparisons – Has anything similar been done internationally?

Individuals will then be invited to come and work on innovation policy ideas across any and all portfolios using a “hackathon” methodology to nominate, select and work in mixed teams on ideas. At the end of the day, these will be presented to ministers.

“Participants will be empowered to develop and pitch solutions that will grow agile, innovative and globally-competitive industries in Australia,” Mr Roy said.

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  1. What a great initiative by government.

    It would be wonderful if a similar innovation day could be offered in each state to ensure equal opportunity for others to contribute.