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Optus Future Makers

Optus Future Makers

Future Makers is a capacity building and accelerator program that empowers innovators to use technology to address social issues for vulnerable people.

Shortlisted applicants will take part in a 4-month Future Makers Accelerator program that includes eight days of workshops plus a short series of webinars. Participants will be coached by top talent at Optus, network with each other and connect with the broader ecosystem.

Program criteria and focus areas

We’re seeking innovative technology solutions that help solve issues for disadvantaged and vulnerable youth or adults within any of the following focus areas:

  • Employability: Improve people’s ability to be job-ready or to get ahead with future career options. For example, removing barriers that prevent disadvantaged people from accessing training or employment opportunities.
  • Education: Improve education outcomes or close education gaps for disadvantaged or vulnerable people. For example, supporting young people to stay engaged in school or removing barriers to them completing their education.
  • Health: Address health concerns in Australia, such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers and diabetes; improve livelihoods and support people with a disability; address domestic and family violence; or, improve people’s mental wellbeing with access to vital services.
  • Empowering women and girls: Address inequality that women and girls experience in their lives that can limit their choices and opportunities. For example, empowering women to build skills and solutions to start or join a business; and, seeing more girls in STEM-related education and/or jobs.


There are no rounds available for Optus Future Makers at the moment.