Inventing the Future is a unique pilot program for research students at the University of Sydney’s Faculties of Science, Architecture, Engineering & IT and the Sydney Business School. The program engages students in the complete process of innovation, from ideation to prototyping to a funding pitch to industry, enabled by interdisciplinary collaboration and cross-faculty teaching. Product briefs around themes of energy, health and nano-satellites were chosen for their high social and economic impact and their alignment with research strengths within the university. To properly address the brief, students worked co-operatively to understand the problem from a human-centred design perspective, the opportunities and constraints technically and operationally, how consumers will interact with the technology and how business might commercialise the product successfully. Critically, students were also required to prototype their idea using university-wide facilities for fabrication and testing.

The public pitching event is on Tuesday 1 November 2016 at 4:00 pm followed by drinks and networking at 5:30pm. it will be held at the Sydney University Business School (Abercrombie Building), Room 3180.

Further details of this pilot program are available at http://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2016/10/24/a-pilot-program-drives-innovation-across-the-.html