Hitachi Social Innovation Awards

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Stage: Competition Finished

Social Innovation starts with an idea: one simple thought that has the power to change the world. At Hitachi, we're bringing these possibilities to life with advanced information technologies and infrastructure solutions. But we're not doing it alone. Through unique co-creation platforms, we're bringing thinkers and doers together to accelerate Social Innovation—working smarter, faster and more creatively towards a better tomorrow.

The Hitachi Social Innovation Awards is a celebration of creativity & innovation in Australia. We invite students, researchers, inventors & startups to share their innovative ideas across 4 categories of social innovation:

 1.   Smart Agriculture

 2.   Connected Health

 3.   Mining

 4.   Smart Cities

Four short-listed finalists will travel to present their idea to Australia's top industry & academic leaders in innovation at the Hitachi Social Innovation Forum at the Sofitel Wentworth in Sydney on December 1, 2016. It will be a unique opportunity to meet potential partners, while there are 5 cash prizes to be won with the overall winner collecting $10,000 towards implementing their idea.

Important Dates:

  • Oct 6th, 2016 11:00 am Submissions Open
  • Nov 18th, 2016 17:00 pm Submissions Close
  • Nov 21st, 2016 09:00 am Voting Open
  • Nov 25th, 2016 17:00 pm Voting Closed
  • Dec 1st, 2016 10:00 am Social Innovation Forum

 Funding Available



In the Oceania region, Hitachi Group companies have celebrated over 50 years of continued growth and advancement, dedicated to the development of products and services that contribute to environmental sustainability, responsible productivity and social innovation.