Clearways Innovation Challenge


Can you create a digital product to help keep clearways clear?

Calling all innovators, developers, entrepreneurs and designers!

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) want you to pitch us an idea to help keep clearways clear by informing drivers, raising awareness of clearway restrictions and helping the Transport Management Centre (TMC) respond to incidents more efficiently.

Key Challenge Dates

  • Applications Open - Monday 24th September 2018
  • Information Session - Wednesday 3rd October 2018 - REGISTER HERE
  • Applications Close - Sunday 14th October 2018 @ 11:59pm
  • Finalists for Pitch Day are Notified - by Wednesday 24th October 2018
  • Pitch Day Event - Wednesday 7th November 2018 (subject to change)
  • Winners Announced - early December

Visit the Open Data Hub to find out more.

Good luck!


May we know how the seed funding pools have been split for previous challenges? I don’t need to know the exact $ and to which recipient. I’m looking for something like:

  • Challenge A, recipient A: 10%
  • Challenge A, recipient B: 20%
  • Challenge A, unused: 70%
  • Challenge B, …



May we know what the common excuses are for drivers who park in clearways at clearways times?


Does our submission need to address all the problem statements, or any of the problem statements? I can understand that addressing all of them will be looked upon favorably, but can a submission addressing only one or two be eligible to reach the pitch day stage?


Will the other pitchers (or the public) be able to see all the pitches, or will each pitch be private?


Can you share with us any existing solutions (including non-digital ones) that already address some of the problem statements?


hi @jayen – please come along to the Information Session. The SMEs will be able to answer these questions and more!

With regards to the pitch day - it will likely be an open pitch day however we can confirm this after we start seeing some submissions.


Thanks. I have a ticket for the session and intend to come. I’m just likely to forget to ask all my questions so I am listing them here.



I had some of the same questions. I’m Melbourne based, so don’t think I’ll be able to make the info session. I’d be grateful if someone could call them out during the recorded part of the session.


Does TfNSW make any attempt to call or SMS the mobile number (e.g. question 1 on the licence form) of the registered vehicle owner before towing? Would TfNSW be willing to use their customer database to send notifications on behalf of an app? If not, would TfNSW be willing to include an opt-in checkbox for tow notifications on future vehicle registration forms?


Does TfNSW have an API to provide details of where individual vehicles are towed to? If not, is there any possibility to request that tow truck operators enter this into an app? What is the average and maximum distance that a vehicle has been towed to reach the nearest parking spot?


How many clearway signs currently contain the TMC number to call? Would TfNSW be willing to add a QR code to clearway signs (e.g. a sticker on the back of each sign) to make it easier for people who can’t find their car to lookup information?


I can’t find the “NSW Clearways” ESRI shapefile mentioned in the competition. Has this been released yet, or is it only going to be publicised after pitch day?


I couldn’t find any information in the terms and conditions on who is allowed to enter. Could you please confirm if the innovation challenge is open to all Australians, or just for NSW residents?


How does the current system work? As in, how does the information flow between the tow truck contractor, TMC, and the car owner/driver?


Hi @anjsimmo, we’ll line up your questions at the information session so they’re included in the recording. I’ll answer a few of the more straight forward ones now:

The data for the challenge will be released in time for the information session. We will have it published late tomorrow.

Anyone can enter the challenge as long as you don’t work for TfNSW or RMS.

We’ll answer the rest of the questions posted in this thread at the information session.



The full recording and slide pack from last night’s information session is now up on the website.

If there are any questions that were left unanswered or if you have any further questions please let us know here.



The questions and answers from the information session have now been posted on the FAQs page on our website.

If you have any further questions please let us know here.