TOM @ University combines the TOM process, teams of Makers and Need-Knowers, with interdisciplinary, human-centred design and engineering curriculums at Swinburne University of Technology.


The upcoming TOM @ University program involves students from the Bachelor of Engineering (Product Design) course at Swinburne University. These students have the opportunity to take on a challenge submitted by an individual with disability or their support network (referred to as Need-Knowers) for their final year Professional Project. It is an extremely rewarding program where individual students work collaboratively with a Need-Knower to develop a solution for their challenge.


Students spend the year (March-November) researching, developing and refining their innovative designs to produce a prototype, technical drawings and an accompanying technical report. The collaboration sessions are individually organised between the Need-Knowers and students. 


Later in the year there will also be a TOM @ University program running at Swinburne’s Design Factory Melbourne (DFM) where postgraduate Occupational Therapy and Design students work on a Need-Knower’s challenge.


Become a

Apply now to begin in March

Applications close February 13

What makes TOM @ University so great is that we're working with real people with real problems and we're co-designing with them rather than using a hypothetical brief

Paris Triantis, TOM @ University Lecturer