Manufacturing Innovation

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Innovation Works! 

Recognised by UOWxThink it.

Design it.

Make it. 


Innovation Works! is a Prototype Competition 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! is NOW CLOSED for 2016. Please note this competition will not be running in 2017.


There were an interesting mix of applications in 2016.  Congratulations to all teams who participated and made it through to the finals!

2016 Innovation Works! Winner and Runner up in UOW Pitch

Tor Kaufmann Gjerde

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

His winning prototype - MOJO+ Portable Compact Charger - offers a compact and lightweight solution that allows you to charge devices such as mobile phones, GPS and batteries using heat from an open flame, for example 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.

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