Transform your thinking, industry, world

We create the conditions for innovation through student led, industry engaged, research informed co-creation projects.

Creating the conditions for innovation

The business and R&D landscape of Australia is rapidly changing and we believe that the only way to stay ahead of the curve is to use design thinking and co-creation methods to discover new offerings.

Our interdisciplinary teams work together on real world projects, with local and global partners, using human centered design methods to co-create extraordinary insights and outcomes. This diversity of minds, skills, and experience drives R&D capability and impact.

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On every project we bring together an interdisciplinary team from across our network to lend their knowledge, skills and insights to diverse innovation challenges.

As a pillar of the Swinburne Innovation Precinct and a partner in the Design Factory Global Network we have access to world-class facilities and minds that can take your project from idea to product.

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