Gigabit Challenge: Preserve

The South Australian Museum holds one of the world’s largest, most important collections of Aboriginal culture in the world. This comprises of 30,000 individual artefacts of great significance to Aboriginal cultural heritage. While exciting, the sheer number of artefacts means The SA Museum can only display 10% of the collection at any one time. This means that visitors are missing out on discovering the rich, important history of the world’s oldest living culture.

How can you help?

As part of the challenge, you will be asked to pitch a solution, allowing the full collection to be easily accessible by communities across the globe. We are looking for a solution that not only utilises Adelaide’s GigCity infrastructure, but tells a story about Aboriginal culture and connection to country.

Ignite SA will provide the winners with $20,000 in funding which will go towards the development of your proposal.

On Wednesday 2 May 2018, we held a Preserve Reverse Pitch event for developers, entrepreneurs, students, hackers, makers and creative minds based in South Australia. This event was live streamed and can be viewed from the Ignite SA Facebook Page: Gigabit Challenge: Preserve Reverse Pitch.

The aim of this event was to provide further information on the Museum’s collection and how you will be able to bring their collection into the digital age. It also provided the opportunity to form teams and connect with like-minded individuals to develop an application which will need to be completed and submitted by 1 July, 2018 at 11:59pm ACDT.

Successful applicants will receive $20,000 towards the development of their proposed solution, plus a further $5,000 to attend a global conference, potentially pitching your idea on the global stage.

Important dates to be aware of for the challenge are as follows;

Wednesday 2 May 2018 - Applications open
Sunday 1 July 2018 - Applications close (11:59pm via the web site)
Monday 2 – Friday 13 July 2018 - Shortlisting of applications
Monday 23 July 2018 - Shortlisted teams present final pitch at Hybrid World/winners announced
August – November 2018 - Application development, with a prototype to be provided by the end of November
March 2019 - Application ready for full deployment
Please note – Depending on the stage of the application to be showcased, Ignite SA may sponsor you with up to $5,000 to travel to Denver, Colorado to showcase a working prototype of the application. You are able to opt out of this.

Ignite SA Reverse Pitch - May 2 2018


Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be a follow up event after the Reverse Pitch?
We are more than happy to arrange a follow up event if people have further queries about the Challenge. Please join Slack and indicate that you are interested in attending a follow up event.
If I have any further questions after the Reverse Pitch event, who do I contact?
Please send any questions or queries to
What are the different types of data available?
The data available for this Challenge will vary including but not limited to photographs, video and audio.
How do I register and submit a proposal?
Submit proposals and all materials to the Ignite SA website by Sunday 1 July 2018 For detailed information (application requirements etc) please download and read the Application Pack.
Who is going to own the application?
Winners of the Challenge will retain 100% ownership of the application’s IP. Please click here to download the Application Pack for more detailed information.
Do I have to have a company to participate in the challenge or can I register as a sole operator?
It helps to have an ABN but it is not a requirement therefore you can register to participate in the Challenge as a sole operator but you will eventually need an ABN which we can help you with. For more detailed information, please download the Application Pack.
Is there a limit on team numbers for this Challenge?
What is the hashtag for this Challenge?
#Preserve2018. Please also tag Ignite SA (@theigniteSA on Twitter, IgniteSA on Facebook and @theignite_sa on Instagram) when using social media.


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