20 October 2017
Monash Caulfield campus recently hosted the Postgraduate Industry Experience Expo. As part of the Postgraduate Masters unit, IT students work in multidisciplinary, self-managed teams. Using publicly available ‘big data’, each of the 58 teams identified a problem or opportunity to help an under-served industry or community group.
The expo is the culmination of the 11 weeks of work the students have completed throughout the semester. Their task is to create an innovative IT artefact such as an app or website that can make an impact in their chosen area, which they then showcase at the expo to potential stakeholders in industry and organisations.
Industry and faculty mentors provide the teams with support and feedback throughout the process, and as part of the fun of the competition, industry mentors compete to have a winning mentee team. Partner organisations include Australia Post, CarSales, Reece, MYOB, Telstra and SportsBet.
Ms Gail Bourne, co-ordinator of the Postgraduate Industry Experience Program, said: “It’s important in that the students build confidence and resilience explaining their projects to these different stakeholders. The students are proud of what they have achieved and it shows.”
Many students are offered jobs from the expo and some organisations that visit the expo contact teams to take their ideas further, making it an incredibly worthwhile experience.
The projects fall into one of several categories, with a winning team being chosen from each. Winning projects are listed below.
Refugees “Sportegrate”; targets recently settled refugees in Australia
Equity “We Check Salary”; For employees & students preparing to graduate who have concerns about their wages.
Water “Safe around water”; aims to educate tourists and new immigrants to be safe around water
Flora & Fauna “Weed Detector”; helps farmers and gardeners identify weeds within a few seconds using a phone’s camera
Climate Change “Tasthma”; designed to warn young hayfever sufferers when the next life threatening thunderstorm outbreak occurs.
Health & Well-being “Vaxinator”; provides international parents with a sing portal to navigate Victorian vaccination schedules
Ageing “Perfect Place”; for 50-70 year olds seeking suitable suburbs for retirement
Homeless “Home Let’s”; android application designed for the homeless to assist them finding free food and public toilets.