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Sector Design Challenge (SDC)

Launched at the Social Service Summit 2019, the Sector Design Challenge (SDC) serves as an innovation platform for participants from the People, Private and Public (3-P) organisations to forge new partnerships, develop and build human-centred design skill-sets as well as develop innovative solutions to address the needs of social service users.

Over the course of 4 months in 2019, over 100 participants underwent 4 workshops and 2 mentoring clinics; and were engaged in the process of scoping, understanding user needs, working in partnership with tri-sector partners to co-create solutions. 13 teams pitched their ideas to a panel of judges in November 2019, and three teams received up to $30,000* in seed grants to pilot their solutions. These teams were selected for their potential to scale their projects to create greater impact in the sector. One team received the “People’s Choice Award”, based on votes from the audience.

NCSS has consolidated insights from the SDC 2019 teams’ innovation journeys. This will be shared with the wider social sector through Innovation Learning Journeys and the Social Innovation Starter Kit.

Moving forward, NCSS will be organising Sector Design Challenge 2021, to invite more participants from the social service sector to embark on their innovation journeys. You can look out for more details coming your way.

*1st place - $30,000, 2nd place - $20,000, 3rd place - $10,000

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Watch the videos below to see the SDC 2019 participants in action: 

Highlights from SDC 2019 Workshop 3: 


Highlights from SDC 2019 Pitch Day: