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Stage 1: COVID Safe Summer

Stage 1 of the City Revitalisation Innovation Challenge: The COVID Safe Summer

Projects commence in December 2020/January 2021

  • The objectives, problem space, and evaluation criteria for both the COVID Safe Summer and The New Normal are the same
  • For ideas in your back pocket, ready to go this summer (December/January). We’re looking for high-impact, shorter trials in the Sydney CBD. You might have a completely new approach or try applying something innovative to an existing project.
  • If you’re a festival or event manager, we are looking for unique experiences that could attract people in a new way.
  • If you’re connecting people active in the CBD using technology, we’re interested in seeing how you could reach a larger market of venues, events, etc.
  • Think systematically about your impact upon businesses, customers, and everyone in between
  • We are particularly interested in approaches to safety and physical distancing that utilise emerging technology.
  • Consider collaborations - an applicant's turnover or size is less of a factor than their capabilities. We fully expect collaborations between tech startups and event managers or 'place’ managers. In fact, we encourage it.
  • If you’re unsure if your idea suits this Innovation Challenge, ask yourself if it meets the above objectives. If it does, we encourage you to apply. If you’re still unsure, send us an email and we can provide you with a direct, publicly available, response.
  • Applicants may request up to $70,000 in seed funding for trials of up to six months.

Applications open November 23rd, 2020 and close December 7th, 2020 at 5pm - all applications must be made via eTender


Key Dates and Milestones




Applications Open

Details and Application form on Digital Accelerator website

November 22

Launch event

Information session

November 24

Industry Networking

An opportunity to meet with other applicants, share ideas and find potential partners to bring your idea to life. This event is optional.

November 30

Submission of questions close

Applicants may submit clarification questions

December 1

Applications close

Submissions must be received by 5pm

December 7

All applicants notified

Email or phone notification to all applicants.

December 10


Five minute pitch to a panel of Executive advisors

December 16

Selected vendors notified

Applicants notified of next steps

December 17

Contract Negotiations

Contracts to be completed by this date

December 22

Projects Commence

COVIDSafe Summer projects begin from

December 23

Timeline stage 1

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