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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 a unique opportunity that brings together people with disability who have a specific need (Need-Knowers) with university students from various disciplines. Together, they co-design an assistive technology solution to address a challenge experienced by the Need-Knower. The intellectual property for every design is then shared through open source digital files, so others can replicate or iterate it.


Currently we are seeking people with disability to work with Masters students studying at Swinburne’s Design Factory Melbourne. These students will collaborate with Need-Knowers through a series of session from August to the end of October 2023. We are also excited to start working with RMIT later in 2023.


We would love to hear from potential Need-Knowers or tertiary institutions who are interested in participating in the TOM @ University program.

Please get in touch with us to find out more or register your interest.

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If you're interested in participating in the TOM @ University program, or would like to find out more, we would love to hear from you!

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 

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