Unique experience at Sydney innovation lab for Murdoch students

March 4, 2017

Murdoch students at Commonwealth Bank's Innovation lab in Sydney

Four Murdoch students enjoyed an exclusive, money-cannot-buy opportunity at the Commonwealth Bank’s Innovation Laboratory in Sydney that will propelled their future careers.

As winners of the Comm Bank’s Think Big competition, Holly McWhae, Jay Araya and Callum Rideout from Murdoch’s Perth campus met Singapore student Abigail Murthy on the two-day intensive experience that provided an opportunity to explore and challenge ideas, while delving deeper into the innovation and design toolbox.

“To be given the chance to work with those who actively use design thinking, design sprints and wire framing in their day to day project work was amazing,” said Callum.

“We had the opportunity to interact with and query Commonwealth Bank staffers who had previously taken their ideas to market. It humanised the possibilities of following in their footsteps.

“It was great to strengthen networks with the Commonwealth Bank and Innovation Lab teams. These networks will be invaluable at this stage of our career journeys.”

As part of the experience, the Murdoch students heard from entrepreneurial and strategic marketing experts from Gemstar Technology, who shared their stories of success in helping Australian technology expand globally.

Callam said the Think Big competition and Innovation Laboratory activities shows the investment the Commonwealth Bank has in both internal innovation strategies and the entrepreneurial spirit of the communities in which they serve.

“The opportunity to both work and network in such a small team of only four Murdoch Think participants enabled us to get some great coaching,” he added.

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