Apps4Broadband Competition

A competition to create new apps for the Broadband Home of the Future

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Apps4Broadband is a new competition to create innovative applications and services that are enabled by next-generation broadband. Drawing upon the worldwide success and experience of application competitions and marketplaces in the mobile and web domains, Apps4Broadband will explore and accelerate the discovery, promotion and adoption of new apps for the next-gen broadband-connected home of the future; entrants are invited to develop prototypes or working applications that address emerging opportunities for delivering broadband into connected homes.

Apps4Broadband is designed to:

  • Seed the development and demonstration of new types of services and applications
  • Create a better understanding of the apps development environment and opportunities for broadband connected homes
  • Leverage Australia’s strengths in mobile apps development and national broadband network
  • Encourage collaboration to realise new business opportunities

competition events

Industry Briefing and Networking Event
Thursday, 9th May 2013, 6.00pm to 8.00pm (arrive 5.30pm for 6.00pm start)
Sydney Trade & Investment Centre, Level 47, MLC Centre, 18 Martin Place, Sydney.

This event will provide developers and other people interested in the competition to learn more about the future environment and opportunities for apps in broadband connected homes from a panel of industry and technology experts. It will also be an opportunity to meet industry and research representatives and network with other potential collaborators and stakeholders. The panel will include representatives from Intel, Foxtel, iiNet, NBN Co, Ninja Blocks, Pottinger and NSW Trade & Investment. The presentations will be made available on the ACBI website for people unable to make it to this event. Register for this event here >>

Hack Days

The Hack Days will be a fun and practical way for developers and other people interested in participating in the competition to come along, work on their projects, find other potential collaborators, meet with industry experts and advisers, and present their ideas and prototypes at the end of the day over drinks.  A number of industry and research representatives will attend to give guidance on potential market opportunities and to help ensure the apps being developed have a path to the marketplace and adoption. The day will be hosted by John Allsopp, the organiser of the influential web directions and Code conferences.  Even if you can’t code, you are welcome to participate and join in the process of exploring the future for broadband apps.

Sydney Hack Day
Saturday, 11th May 2013, 9.00am to 5.00pm
Powerhouse Learning Centre, Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Register for this event here >>

Melbourne Hack Day
Saturday, 18th May 2013, 9.00am to 5.00pm
Treetops Centre, Museum of Melbourne, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, VIC 3053
Register for this event here >>

We would encourage everyone planning to attend these events to register at our website to assist with the event organisation.


A total pool of AUD$50,000 in cash prizes plus AUD$15,000 in business advisory services (B2B category) from invited industry sponsors will be awarded to the winning applications. Prize-winners will also be provided with mentoring opportunities with global companies, marketing opportunities and support and advice on testing. The competition will be open to individuals and companies that can demonstrate a consumer facing software application which uses the distinctive features of next generation broadband networks in the home.


In each category, the External Judging Panel will select five (5) Contestants whose Finalist Applications earn the highest overall score to win the following prizes:

  • Best app  $20,000
  • Best B2B app $15,000
  • Smart appliances, security and energy  $10,000
  • Media and entertainment  $10,000
  • Health, education and social services  $10,000


The competition is open to individuals and organisations based in Australia or with a partner organisation based in Australia. Apps4Broadband will be promoted widely to software development companies, individual software developers as well as companies such as large retailers and health service providers who are looking at new ways to deliver services in broadband connected homes. 


The competition runs for a two month period from 16th April 2013 to 15th June 2013. The winning entries will be announced at a media event in July 2012, which will include representatives from ACBI partner organisations.

  • April 16th – Entries open
  • May 9th – Industry Briefing
  • May 11th – Sydney Hack Day
  • May 18th – Melbourne Hack Day
  • June 18th – Competition closes
  • July 15th – Winners announcement


A judging panel consisting of representatives from sponsors and other
industry experts will assess each entry on its merits; implementation and potential future impact.


ACBI would like to thank the below industry sponsors for their contribution to this project:

  • Intel
  • Foxtel
  • iinet
  • NSW Govt
  • Pottinger


About the hack days

ACBI will be hosting two hack days (one in Sydney on 11th May and one in Melbourne on 18th May) to offer entrants the opportunity to workshop their ideas with peers and be mentored by key professionals in the industry including CSIRO, Intel, NBN Co and NICTA.

Register here for the Hack Days & Industry Briefing

Need some ideas?

The Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation released a report last year on Broadband Connected Homes: Opportunities for developing broadband applications and services which is designed to help businesses, government agencies and software developers better understand the potential to design new applications and services that can be used in homes that are being connected to next generation broadband services such as the National Broadband Network (NBN). It describes the changing environment of the broadband connected home, the technologies that are affecting it, and its capacity to support new applications and services.  This includes the new capabilities and features of NBN and home networks, the increasing range of connected devices being used in the home, and some of the development platforms for applications.  It is the ability to leverage all these different aspects of a connected home that will enable successful new applications and services.
Download the document here >>   (1.88 MB)

Intel will also be providing briefings and resources for developers at the Industry Briefing and Networking evening and Hack Days. Sachin Kelkar, Head of Intel Software Partner Program will be participating in these events and providing advice on Intel’s technology roadmaps, developer platforms and vision to create and extend computing technology that connects and enriches peoples’ lives. Sachin will also discuss the Intel Developer Zone, a new global program which enables developers to engage with Intel for all things software, from development to distribution.
See >>

Another source of information and ideas is the Armidale Broadband Smart House, a collaborative project outfitting a house to demonstrate the NBN opportunities available to ordinary Australian homes. The house demonstrates many of the real-world applications of the NBN, including home automation, remote health monitoring, video-conferencing, rehabilitation, education, remote business, sensor monitoring and environmental sustainability. The project is managed through the Northern Inland NSW Regional Development Authority with support from UNE, New England TAFE, ACBI, Sam World and a number of other industry supporters.
See our blog ‘What will the home of the future look like?’>>

Terms and conditions

Full Competition Terms and Conditions can be found here >>

How to submit your application

Submit your application online here >>


Colin Griffith

Director, Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation
Phone: +61 (0)2 9372 4502

Dan Chamberlain

Communications Advisor, Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation
Phone: +61 (0)2 9372 4491

The Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation (ACBI) is a collaborative research initiative led by CSIRO in partnership with NICTA, Australia’s two leading Information and Communications Technology (ICT) research organisations.  ACBI draws on their broad and diverse research capabilities to demonstrate, develop and evaluate innovative new services and applications that are enabled by next generation broadband networks. Foundation funding support has been provided by the NSW Government and
partnerships with NBN Co, Australian and Tasmanian Governments.