Innovation Week takes over Swinburne

Monday 19 March 2018

Innovation Week poster overlooks a crowd.

The Swinburne Makes event kicking off the week showcasing students and alumni and their successful startups, products and businesses.

In summary

  • Swinburne hosting Innovation Week
  • Coincides with launch of Swinburne’s new Innovation Hub
  • Events celebrating innovation and entrepreneurial activity across the university

Swinburne is hosting its inaugural Innovation Week to mark the opening of its new Innovation Hub and to highlight innovation and entrepreneurial activity across the university.

Hosted by Swinburne Innovation Precinct, the week consists of a series of events celebrating the enterprise of Swinburne staff, students and alumni.

“Swinburne’s Innovation Precinct came to life as part of our Research and Innovation Strategy, positioning Swinburne as a centre of research led-innovation engaged with industry, business and community,” says Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) Professor Aleksandar Subic.

“Innovation Week is a wonderful opportunity for our staff and students to engage actively with our innovation ecosystem, to meet our teams, and to be inspired to push the boundaries of possibility.”

The entrance of the Innovation Hub.
The Innovation Hub is the centre of Innovation Precinct and Design Factory Melbourne activity. 

Today, students and alumni who have launched, or are in the process of launching, successful startups showcased their products and businesses in an interactive marketplace on Swinburne’s Hawthorn campus as part of the Swinburne Makes event.

The remainder of the week will feature several events including:

Ask the Experts

On Tuesday 20 March, four experts will share ‘five things you should know’ about design thinking, innovation, funding and commercialisation. Presenters will include Design Factory and Innovation Precinct staff, along with guest presenters from funding specialists GrantReady and commercialisation experts mdp Law.

Innovation Showcase

On Wednesday 21 March, staff and researchers will share some of the most exciting Swinburne products and services, from the SciVR app to Geldom, the next generation condom.

Social Innovation Workshop

On Thursday 22 March, Design Factory Melbourne will run an ideation session around social procurement for Swinburne’s Social Innovation Research Institute and Centre for Social Impact.

Innovation Hub tours

Tours will also run each day through Swinburne’s new Innovation Hub, based in the historic Hawthorn Fire Station, built in 1910.

The Innovation Hub is the centre of Innovation Precinct and Design Factory Melbourne activity and houses the Swinburne Incubator, co-creation spaces for industry projects, and the Entrepreneur in Residence program.