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 TOM @ University program is currently underway with 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. 

In August there is another TOM @ University program taking place at Swinburne’s Design Factory Melbourne (DFM) where postgraduate Occupational Therapy and Design students work on a Need-Knower’s challenge for 3 months.

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We are not taking further applications for the March intake of TOM @ University. However you are welcome to apply to register your interest in the program commencing in August with the Design Factory Melbourne.

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