Optus Future Makers was created to harness the power and potential of innovative technology in the social sector. 2017 is our second year of offering Future Makers to support innovative tech solutions which help solve societal issues for disadvantaged youth.
7 Finalists have been accepted for our 4 month Accelerator, mentoring and grants program where they are gaining key knowledge, skills and connections to the broader ecosystem. Optus offers up to $300,000 in funding to finalists to help them develop their tech and scale their solution.
We believe that each Finalists has an innovative solution which can make a positive social impact for vulnerable youth in the areas of Education, Employability and Mental Health.
Our program works in partnership with industry leaders, NGOs and other key stakeholders to provide the most relevant content is well as critical connections in the ecosystem.
We encourage you to learn more about each of the projects and provide support if you can.
People's Choice Award
Optus is offering an additional $1,000 to the project which gains the highest number of pledges from the public, no matter how big or small! So get in there and vote with your pledge!
World Vision Challenge
Optus has partnered with World Vision to help develop a solution to address unemployment for disadvantaged youth with the potential to scale through Asia Pacific.
We created The World Vision Challenge, a co-funded challenge to address youth unemployment. Alex Gavranich of Cohort is the World Vision Challenge Finalist.
World Vision believes that technology can play a pivotal role in better equipping young people with the knowledge, skills, and networks to make informed decisions, better prepare them for employment, and improve their integration into the labour market.