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Who’s behind My Big Idea?

My Big Idea is a non-politically aligned project driven by the Australian Futures Project - a registered charity focused on sourcing and bringing to life some of Australia’s most innovative and inspiring ideas for the country’s future. We created My Big Idea with some of Australia’s most trusted institutions and iconic brands to spark a deeper national conversation about Australia’s future based on values, encourage and facilitate citizen-led action towards that future, and instill a sense of possibility among Australians.

The photos of people on this website are all proud Australian residents taken by photographer David Rosendale. Together with the team from CHE Proximity, David donated his time and services to capture real people who were happy to take part in the project and discuss concerns for their community. To see more of David’s work, please visit his website

Where do the topics and challenges come from?

The Australian Futures Project conducted a statistically valid National Values Assessment to find out the ten topics Australians care most about and then identified three specific challenges under each topic. These 30 challenges represent the true concerns of Australians, and your ideas are needed to resolve them. Find out more about the national values assessment results.

How do I submit an idea?

You can submit an idea either as an individual or as a team, but not as an organisation (this is about people getting involved with new ideas, not organisations pushing their existing views or ideas). Just register to become a member and carefully fill out the fields to enter your idea, you can add team members or invite other people to register so you can credit them with helping develop the idea.

Can I submit more than one Idea?

You can submit as many ideas as you like but they must not be repetitive (submitting repetitive ideas will actually decrease your chance of winning).

What is the deadline for submitting ideas?

The last day for submitting ideas is 11.59pm on 3 August 2016. Any idea submitted after that time will not be considered by the judging panel.

Does my idea go straight on the site?

Your idea might go straight on the site or we might quickly review it before it goes on the site but we will try our hardest to submit them quickly. Don’t forget to tell everyone to vote for your idea once it is up. In the event that your entry violates our terms and conditions, it will not be published.

My idea was visible but I can’t see it now, why?

If an idea violates the Terms and Conditions, it will be removed from the site.

When does public voting start and end?

Anyone who registers as a member can vote for an idea. Voting starts at 12.01am on 5 June 2016 and closes at 11.59pm on 10 August 2016 (a week after the last ideas can be submitted).

Does my idea have to be original?

Yes, to the best of your knowledge. The originality of your idea will be taken into consideration by the judging panel. If your idea is obvious plagiarism (you copied it from someone else), then it will be removed in accordance with our terms and conditions. That doesn’t mean you can’t suggest something that’s worked in another city or overseas – just make sure you mention where you heard about it.

How are the winning ideas chosen?

Ideas will be shortlisted by popular public vote on the site. At the end of the voting period, a short list of the 10 eligible ideas with the most votes under each of the 10 topics of My Big Idea (so, 100 ideas in total) will be given to the judging panel to choose the 10 winning ideas. Read more about our judging process

What happens if two similar ideas are submitted?

Similar ideas are allowed and it is possible multiple ideas will be credited if one of the similar ideas is the winner. If an idea is identical to one that’s already on the site, the idea that was submitted later will be removed, so be sure to check the ideas already on the site before you submit yours.

Who are the judges?

The major partner organisations behind My Big Idea are each nominating one person for the judging panel.

What do the winners get?

The people who come up with the winning ideas and everyone on the shortlist will be acknowledged as the originator of their idea. They may be profiled in our media partners and invited to any public winner’s ceremony we hold. The winning ideas will be developed into real prototypes with a business plan and an agreed implementation pathway. Depending on the skills and willingness of the people behind the winning ideas, they will be invited to take part in bringing their idea to life. They do not receive any monetary or other prize. Everyone on the shortlist including the winners can also opt in to the innovation capability-building program.

Who owns the intellectual property of the idea?

In accordance with the terms and conditions, the person who submitted the Idea retains ownership of their intellectual property in the Idea but grants Australian Futures Project and its partners a number of rights to use (amongst other things) their intellectual property in that Idea, including a broad, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use, adapt, and develop the Idea. The creator of the Idea (as owner of the intellectual property rights in that Idea) is free to develop their Idea at any time but must not grant any rights to third parties that are inconsistent with the rights and license granted to Australian Futures Project and its partners under the terms and conditions. See the terms and conditions for more details.