Manufacturing Innovation

Innovation Works Banner 2016

Innovation Works! 

Recognised by UOWxThink it.

Design it.

Make it. 


Innovation Works! is a Prototype Competition run each year to help UOW students turn their ideas into reality. Teams of up to four students can enter, with the winning team for each category awarded $500 per member and a place in the student final of UOW Pitch. Innovation Works! is also an official UOWx activity.

Selected teams will be given materials, training and assistance as well as access to space, tools, and the university’s advanced manufacturing facilities (such as 3D printing and laser cutters) to help build a new product prototype

Innovation Works! 2016 has two categories:
Open – students propose their own new product concept
Mobility Challenge - students propose a product that addresses problems with mobility aids for the disabled and aged (download more information about this mobility challenges here)

The Innovation Works! Mobility Challenge seeks creative solutions and improvements to the problems and deficiencies with current mobility aids (such as walking frames and wheel chairs). For inspiration and to learn more download the first report from the Global Challenges Enabilise project – an on-going project investigating mobility issues with older people.   

Application details

The competition is open to all UOW students. Applications are CLOSED for 2016.

What equipment is available to the finalist teams? 

The following equipment is available for finalist teams. Most equipment will be available for use by students after appropriate training and induction. Some specialised and / or particularly hazardous equipment will be operated by UOW technical staff only.

CNC mill, Phoebus mill, Metal Lathe, Horizontal bandsaw, Vertical bandsaw, Electric circular saw, Bench grinder, Linisher, Die grinder, Angle grinder, Hydraulic guillotine, Pan brake bender, Bench shears, Mig welder, TIG welder, Oxy, Spot welder, Heat gun, Abrasive blasters, Jigsaw, Drop saw, Plasma cutter, Pedestal drill, Geared head drill, Electric drill, Cordless drill and Hand tools.

Need more inspiration?

Students are invited to drop into the Global Challenges office (B20:201). For more information or to email the team at


This year we had a very interesting mix of applications!  Congratulations to all teams who participated and made it through to the finals.

Winner for 2016:

Tor Kaufmann Gjerde  - in his second year studying a Bachelor of Mechatronics within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences.

MOJO+ Portable Compact Charger - This winning prototype offers a compact and lightweight solution enabling you to charge devices such as mobile phones, GPS and batteries using heat from an open flame such as a campfire or hiking burner. The device is designed to be robust and easy to use.

Tor Kaufmann 2016 Winner Innovation Works

Photo: Prof Spinks congratulating Tor on his winning entry.

And a big round of applause for the following teams who have been commended for their prototypes:

Highly Commended:

Food ‘Ridecycle’ Bin - Methane exuded from landfills poses a significantly greater threat to the atmosphere of the Earth. The idea of this project is to improve the performance of the ubiquitous compost tumblers which recycle food waste to produce compost by combining it with external system (bicycle) to produce mechanical force accelerating composing food process. Our new design is believed to make both the Earth and human beings ‘healthy’ at the same time - Bao Linh Do, Ngoc Mai Nguyen, Minh Nghi Phan, and Ha Phuong Giao Dinh.


Eye Stick Ultra - According to statistics provided by WHO, about 285 million people are estimated to be visually impaired worldwide: 39m are blind and 246m have low vision. These people find it very difficult to navigate their environment or seek help in emergency situations. With the rapid development in all sectors we thought why not make life easier for these people. As a result we came up with Eye Stick Ultra, a device that helps a visually impaired individual to navigate around easily, a portable product that helps with potential obstacles such as floor level detection and other features like panic switch and smart ID. The device is made from environmental friendly material and offers a feasible design, making it cheap and efficient to produce - Vishal T. Mishra, Sidharth Murlidharan, Monica Sharma, and Akash Chahar.

Applications opened Tuesday, March 29th 
Applications closed Thursday, May 5th 
Finalists announced Friday, May 13th 
Start lab period w/c May 16th 
End lab period Thursday, August 18th 
Presentation day and winners announced Thursday, August 18th 

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