Melbourne Ideas challenges students to create innovative ideas around improving five aspects of student life: employability, campus access, language support, starting at the University, and campus life.
Melbourne Ideas 2016 challenged students to create innovative ideas around improving five aspects of student life: employability, campus access, language support, starting at the University, and campus life.
Led by a 'home team' of students and staff, around 200 students contributed and commented on 98 ideas via an online collaboration platform during a three-week period.
Six ideas were shortlisted and the students received intensive professional coaching to develop project proposals for a 'boardroom pitch' session. The judging panel included three external entrepreneurs, two senior university executives and the incoming president of the Student Union.
Winners Itsi Weinstock from the Bachelor of Science degree and Shirlin Liu from the Master of Arts and Cultural Management course proposed a Student Enterprise Program to support the development of student-run businesses on campus.
They received $10,000 in seed funding and will commence a three-month work placement in 2017 to implement their idea.
Academic Services will run the Melbourne Ideas program again in 2017, using lessons learned this year to strengthen the University's innovative capabilities and embed student co-creation as a core component of decisions about the design and delivery of student services and facilities.
Applications for the 2017 Melbourne Ideas program are now open.