Future Makers

Calling all Innovators,
Game Changers, Future Makers

Everyone has the potential to change the world. And at Optus, we want to help you get there.

The Future Makers program is an innovation challenge designed to tackle the big issues affecting vulnerable youth so they can reach their full potential.

Applications have now closed for Future Makers program 2016. Over the next few weeks we will be reading all applications received. A panel will review and rate the applications and a shortlist will be selected to progress through to the Accelerator program. If you applied, please review the T&Cs so that if successful, you’re available for the next stages of the program – the accelerator program and getting ready to pitch for a grant of up to $50,000. Any questions, drop us a note at grants@optus.com.au

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Click here for full Terms and Conditions.
Applications close midnight March 28th, 2016.

Your Challenge

We’re looking for people with more than just ideas. Our Future Makers are already out there changing the future for disadvantaged youth with novel technology, clever systems and insightful ideas.

How it works

Shortlisted applicants will be set up in an accelerator program, with access to industry mentors and networking opportunities. You’ll develop your ideas and polish your pitch before presenting to our panel. Six finalists will receive up to $50,000 in funding.

Social entrepreneurs, enterprises and not-for-profits - are you ready? YES!

The details

Who can apply?

We’re looking for social entrepreneurs, enterprises and not-for-profits

Why vulnerable youth?

We’re technology optimists. As a major provider of network connectivity in Australia, we know just how important technology is in helping young people access the best opportunities. We’re passionate about digital innovation and the potential it has to change lives and make futures. And we want to support and enable those who share our vision.

Who are these “vulnerable youth”?

Vulnerable or disadvantaged youth are young people aged between 4-26 years who have fewer opportunities and more challenges reaching their full potential. Perhaps they struggle to meet developmental goals, have mental health issues, live in poverty, oppression or have difficulty accessing vital services because of distance. Young people are our future, and it’s up to us to help vulnerable youth reach their greatest potential.

What are the problems affecting vulnerable youth?

Projects should focus on any of these four issues: employment, education, wellbeing and cyber education and safety. But don’t limit yourself - if you think you’ve got a ground breaking project that doesn’t quite fit the mould, we’re all ears!

What kind of innovation?

We know that innovation is a broad term - so we’re looking for a very specific kind. Your product or project should leverage technology to support or benefit vulnerable youth. That could mean mobile technology, app based services, Internet enabled services, GPS services - or something completely out of this world! As long as digital technology plays a part, you’re onto something.

I have a side project! Can I enter?

We’re looking for projects that are already under way. If you’ve built a prototype or done user testing and refined tangible milestones, you’re good to go. If you have a scalable plan for the future set out or have launched your product to market - even better!

Could you be our next Future Maker?

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Information nights

Event Details:

Optus Future Makers Grants Info Session
Wednesday 9th March 2016, 6pm - 8pm
Location: Fishburners, 608 Harris St, Ultimo NSW 2007
RSVP by 2nd March 2016 here:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/optus-futuremakers-launch-event-tickets-21420071009

Optus Future Makers Grants Info Session
Thursday 3rd March 2016, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Inspire9, Level 1, 41 Stewart Street, Richmond Melbourne VIC 3121
RSVP by Friday 26th February 2016 here:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/optus-future-makers-grantslaunch-event-tickets-21418534413

New session added for our Brisbane game changers

Optus Future Makers Grants Info Session
Tuesday 15th March 2016, 6:30pm - 8pm
Little Tokyo Two, 22 Petrie Terrace Brisbane QLD 4000
RSVP here:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/optus-future-makers-launch-event-tickets-22634490370