Melbourne Ideas challenges students to create innovative ideas to improve five aspects of student life: employability, campus access, language support, starting at the University, and campus life.
Led by a team of students and staff, Melbourne Ideas 2017 saw around 200 students contribute and discuss 87 ideas via a collaborative online platform, with 15 ideas shortlisted. Selected students received intensive professional coaching to develop their project proposals. These ideas were presented in a boardroom pitch session to an internal panel of senior University staff. From this session, five ideas were chosen for the final pitch session presented to an internal judging panel, comprising senior University leaders, industry partners, current students and alumni.
Last year’s winners Gregory White, Andrea Byfuglien, Daniel Porteous and My Hoa Nguyen proposed BuddyUp, a mobile application and web-based platform that allows students to search for people enrolled in the same subjects and to form study or social groups. The winners received $5,000 in seed funding and have received further funding through the Student Services and Amenities Fee grants program to launch their idea.
Melbourne Ideas is a great platform for us [students] to give ideas about inclusive communities–making us think hard about those who aren’t being included in the student experience. My Hoa Nguyen
Academic Services are facilitating the Melbourne Ideas program again in 2018. Building on lessons learned from 2017, the program will strengthen the University's innovative capabilities and embed student co-creation in the decision making process for the design and delivery of student services and facilities.
Banner image: Sean Johnson manager of Applied Inspiration, winners Daniel Porteous, Andrea Byfuglien, My Hoa Nguyen and Gregory White and Allan Tait Vice-Principal Administration & Finance and Chief Financial Officer at the University of Melbourne