A global search for fresh and exciting digital and technological ideas that address social isolation


The Social Connections Challenge is an opportunity to shake things up and capitalize on the amazing ways that people have been keeping connected using technology during the COVID-19 global pandemic. We've earmarked AUD $3.54M in funding for digital or technology-focused ideas that maintain or strengthen social connections and tackle isolation. For this challenge, we’re focusing on ideas for men who are at greater risk of social isolation because of where they live, their socio-economic status or cultural background.



In August 2020, Movember advertised the Social Connections Challenge funding opportunity as broadly as possible to the general community (e.g. researchers, community organisations and social entrepreneurs). Submissions have now closed and we're working to ideate, develop and implement selected ideas across three phases:

Phase 1 (in progress): The first phase involves the shortlisting and cultivation of innovative ideas. A total of 72 ideas from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK have been selected for Phase 1. These ideas have been announced and will undergo further assessment by an external panel of subject matter experts from each participating country. Each idea has been grouped into one of six thematic areas: apps & artificial intelligence, creative expressions, gaming/gamification & video production, culture & inclusivenesslife events, and mentorship & peer support. To view the shortlist, scroll down on this page. 

Phase 2: The second phase will see 7-16 ideas selected for co-development with Movember. These projects, identified to have the broadest application and show the most potential to improve men's mental health, will receive additional investment between $100k-$250k AUD.

Phase 3: Following successful project development, the final phase of the Social Connections Challenge will involve further investment in implementation activities.

For all the exciting details and the full criteria, please click here.

The shortlist

A total of 72 ideas have been shortlisted across six thematic areas. Check them out below.

Apps/artificial intelligence (AI)
  • Creating Social Connections (Aamica)
  • Brotherhood App (Alex Denman and Mark Newell)
  • MO-CB (CSE Crosscom)
  • hey mate (hey mate)
  • Invigor Wellbeing App: happier. healthier. (Invigor Wellbeing)
  • Digital Skill Building: Supporting Mates and Family (Obvious Choice with Prevention United)
  • 100 Reach Challenge App (GAIN)
  • Walkie Talkie (Powerful And Loving)
  • Free the Funk Pal (OneWave)
  • Rise Up (Rise NZ)
  • A Thousand Fathers Project (A Thousand Fathers Project)
  • CHECK-IN TUESDAYS (Check-In Tuesday)
  • Pal Picker (Malc & Pete)
  • Mo-Bros connection platform with Artificial Intelligence engine for engaged community and peer support (University of Canberra)
Creative expressions
  • Men Sing it Out: A Movember with one voice choir (Creativity Australia)
  • I'm Just A Man 24 Hour (Mind, Body, Sleep) Rock n Roll Music App (I'm Just A Man Foundation)
  • Chaps and Pats Program: Using man’s best fur-iends to support social connections and mental health during COVID-19 and beyond (Monash University)
  • Real Men Don't Cry (Monster & Bear)
  • The Men's Table Online Network: Facilitating Social Connection for Men in Launceston (The Men's Table)
  • Feelin' it (The Mind Room)
  • Dob in a dude Yoga (The Yoga Partnership Pty Ltd)
  • Men Can Meet (Ahead Of The Game)
  • Healthy Conversations (Conversation Expert)
  • Men Tune In (batyr)

Culture and inclusiveness
  • Peer Support CommUNITY Application For Men (By Mind Side)
  • Big Brother Program (Everything Suarve Inc)
  • Yarning Together (Menzies School of Health Research)
  • Adaptation of an online mental health and wellbeing education and support intervention for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males in Australia (Menzies School of Health Research)
  • My Brother’s Keeper: First Nations Alliance (Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service)
  • Network Buddy: Supporting Mental Health for Newcomer Men in Canada (Alberta Rural Development Network)
  • Storytelling for Justice (University of British Columbia)
  • ReMenber: Connect to the inner man (Darragh Stewart)
  • Shed New Zealand (Shed New Zealand)
  • Movember Mix Up Sessions (Chillout Coach)
  • Chai in the City: an Open Group for Punjabi Men (Taraki Wellbeing)

Gaming/gamification/video production
  • Alternative Stories of Strength: A Podcast For Older Men by Older Men (BehaviourWorks by Monash University)
  • The Social Good Network for Men (Communiteer)
  • The Guild (Energy Market Matters Australia)
  • Bloody Legends (Liquid Interactive)
  • Mo Better Banter (Liquid Interactive)
  • World of Mo'Craft (My Active Attitude)
  • Safe Space powered by Movember (Rise Foundation Australia)
  • Virtual Growth Room Gamification!! (The Banksia Project)
  • Man Cave TV (The Man Cave)
  • The Barber Shop (Drunk Animal Creative Studio)
  • Gamers vs. Depression (That Awfully Good Community Interest Company)

Life events
  • Keep On Truckin (Breakthrough Mental Health Research Foundation)
  • World Café: Addressing Social Isolation for Grieving Men (Curtin University)
  • Enhancing and Scaling-up ‘Digital Dads Groups’ (Dads Group)
  • Nisus (Pluma)
  • Digitally Connecting Dads In The Chaos (The Father Hood)
  • Prostate Cancer: Patient Empowerment Program (Dalhousie University)
  • Men in Grief Forum (Grief Stories)
  • The SWell Program: Striving for Wellness in Fatherhood (University of Manitoba)
  • Digital Literacy Men's E-Networks (Age Action Ireland)
  • Nourishing Fathers Community (Nourishing Fathers)
  • Kidz Need Dadz (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Aotearoa)
  • Digital Mate (DigiMate): Building digital resilience and connecting older men who live alone to a virtual men's shed (University of Auckland)
  • A Mental Health and Wellbeing App for Men in Scotland (Fathers Network Scotland)
  • Maate! A digital social connection platform (Orbit29)

Mentorship/peer support
  • Talk Safe, Track Safe: A platform for Mentees and Mentors to connect Safely, Easily and in Time (John Milham)
  • ARMS: Leave no man behind. (eg+ worldwide)
  • Online Mentoring Program (Top Blokes Foundation)
  • Well Man 2021 Weekly Challenge: Mates Connect Clubhouse (Well Man App incorporated)
  • Skill Gen: Multi-generation skill sharing application (knot lab)
  • Meeting boys where they are: a Discord community (Next Gen Men - NGM Boys club)
  • ‘Peer Connect’: A peer to peer digital support platform (Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences)
  • The Instruction Community: A Launch Pad to Success (Douglas Research Centre)
  • I'm Here (Scottish Association for Mental Health)
  • The Zoom Room (The Delicate Mind)
  • Check Mate smartphone app (IPC Health and HALT)