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Innovation Works! 

Think 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. 



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 

Application details

The competition is open to all UOW students. Applications are OPEN 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) on Thursday April 7 at 12.30 pm or Tuesday April 19th at 11 am. For more information or email the team at


In it's second year running, Innovation Works! competition was opened up to all UOW students.  Meet our 2015 Innovation Works! Winners!

Read More About2015 Winners  

Read More About2015 Finalists

Last reviewed: 8 April, 2016

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