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.


​TOM @ University involves the Design Factory Melbourne (DFM) at Swinburne University where postgraduate Occupational Therapy and Design students work together to create solutions for Need-Knower's challenges. It is an extremely rewarding program where you can see your input translate into a concept.

During the program students create unique prototypes presented as a concept, design demonstrator or working model. The process will be documented and made available to the public along with any design files that can be further improved or replicated. Unlike the TOM: Melbourne Makeathons, TOM @ University is a weekly program run for postgraduate students during Semester 2 over the course of 12 weeks in the second half of the year.


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Applications for our 2021 cohort are now open!

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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