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The Smarter Hobart Challenge: Bus Shelter and Integrated Digital Interface Design Competition 2020 is a creative challenge for the community to bring forward their most innovative and exciting ideas to help transform Hobart’s public transport services, and help make waiting for the bus reliable, safe, accessible and socially connective.

This competition is open to creative thinkers, inventors, designers, technologists and creative teams wherever they may be.


The City is calling for bus shelter designs for use
within the Hobart CBD and Greater Hobart area as
part of Connected Hobart’s Smarter Hobart Challenge initiative (CPL02), which is contained within
the Connected Hobart Action Plan.

It is intended that the physical design be practical,
low-cost, scalable, modular and potentially with
surface mounted footings to avoid excavation. The
smallest module should be able to accommodate one or two commuters. The largest would be made up of
multiple modules, but shelters for more than four
people would be uncommon. Sustainable design principles will be favourably regarded.

The shelter’s design should give thought to a broad
range of contemporary and innovative urban services
that are considerate of varying locations and place
needs across the city including but not limited to:

  • seating, lighting and signage
  • security, emergency and duress solutions
  • charging services for mobile and micro-mobility devices
  • capacity for an interactive interface
  • low- and high-bandwidth communication methods
  • space for a non-digital community messaging
  • board for curated community and cultural content

Project Goals

To encourage greater use of public transport
by enhancing the commuter experience
making it accessible, socially connective,
productive and fun.

  • to create an integrated digital information platform
  • to improve service connections
  • to deliver a unique service-experience to a wide
  • range of clients including residents, commuters and
  • tourists, and purposes including timetabling, wayfinding, community and cultural information, tourism, emergency management and emerging technologies
  • to assist in the preparation of the City’s response
  • to improving Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (DSAPT) upgrades in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act
  • to position public transport services in Hobart as a comfortable, legible and reliable mobility choice
  • to improve city safety through the use of functionally appropriate and environmentally appropriate
  • lighting and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) solutions
  • to improve the public transport experience through collecting and analysing data from bus stops including usage, real-time arrivals and departures and environmental sensors


The shelter design should reimagine the way we use and interact with the public realm by enhancing the public transport user experience, and opening up opportunities to learn, engage and be empowered during our daily commute.

So let’s reimagine the way we experience our urban landscape. Let’s change the daily commute into a playful, immersive and personalized experience that is truly amazing. With $25,000 total prize money and three easy steps to creating a cleaner, healthier and more engaging world, why wouldn’t you?

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