The Australian Innovation Research Centre (AIRC) researches key issues in innovation performance and economic development. One of the main aims is to link research to issues in public policy and business development.
Approximately 40 students from five different faculties recently pitched their ideas to a panel of judges in the hope of landing a $5000 prize as part of the ‘Little Big ideas’ competition.
Many more attended free workshops leading up to the event to find out how best to develop their ideas and make them grow.
“The Little Big Ideas Competition is designed to encourage undergraduate students to think outside the square,” said AIRC Philosopher of Enterprise Dr Colin Jones.
The inaugural winner was third year engineering student, Robert Stevenson who presented a highly novel idea related to converting the house hold car into a tractor that could be used to increase the productivity of hobby farms.
Other ideas included Jason Lee’s proposal to use existing social media platforms to increase communication between students and security as to events occurring around the UTAS Sandy Bay Campus.
Jarrah Rubinstein was also recognised for his idea of presenting sound producing patches that can be ‘dialled up’ to allow lost wallets and other such items to be found.
The event was co-supported by the Australian Innovation Research Centre and the Research Office Commercialisation Unit.
Dr Jones said the event was also designed to increase the awareness of the Australian Innovation Research Centre’s new undergraduate offering in Commercialisation being offered for the first time at UTAS in 2010.
The Commercialisation Minor is open to every undergraduate student at the University of Tasmania, with the core aim of assisting individuals to develop their commercialisation skills, and stand out in today's competitive job market.
The Minor consists of two introductory units and two intermediate units and is being taught by Dr Colin Jones, Associate Professor Jack English, and Dr Polly McGee.
For more information visit: http://www.airc.net.au/index.php