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The Melbourne Ideas competition challenges you to shape the student experience by coming up with an innovative idea.

Share your idea

Melbourne Ideas invites you to submit an idea that addresses this year’s theme ‘The Student Experience – Towards Greater Inclusion’.

Come up with an idea that improves an aspect of the student experience and encourages greater inclusion within our University community. The more ideas you submit, the more points you earn. These points could win you 6 months of free Myki Travel or a University of Melbourne Spirit Wear wardrobe.

If your idea is shortlisted, you will have the opportunity to attend an ‘Idea Incubator’ - an innovative workshop designed to help consolidate your idea and receive one-on-one coaching.

Stages of the program

1 August 2017 Submission for ideas opens
1 September 2017 Submission for ideas closes 11.59pm
13–15 September 2017 15 ideas will be shortlisted and students who submitted a shortlisted idea will be invited to attend an Idea Incubator workshop that allows for, innovative design thinking so ideas can evolve into implementable projects. Students will also receive one-on-one coaching sessions to further consolidate their ideas.
5 October 2017 A further 5 ideas will be selected to advance to the Pitch Event. The Pitch Event will give students the opportunity to pitch their idea to entrepreneurs, university executives and student representatives.

Winning idea

The winning idea will receive $5,000 towards their personal or professional development and a professional mentor.

Runner up idea: $2,500 towards your personal or professional development*.
Other finalists: $1,000 towards your personal or professional development*.

How do I submit my idea?

Create an account with your University email and share your idea now.

Submit my idea


2016 Melbourne Ideas winners

2016 Melbourne Ideas winners Itsi Weinstock and Shirlin Liu posing in front of a brick wall

"The coaching we received through Melbourne Ideas 2016 was incredibly insightful and helped us gain confidence to develop our concept for the Student Enterprise Program. It was also an opportunity for personal development and gave us a sense of ownership in shaping the University community. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to bring your idea to life! It is such a good experience to meet interesting people, showcase your ideas, develop your skills and enrich your experience."
Shirlin Liu and Itsi Weinstock (pictured)

* Condition – prizes
The dollar amount should be viewed as funding. It must be put towards a specific professional or personal development goal. For example, you could apply to put this money towards a conference or workshop that is relevant to your idea or your career aspirations.