The Summer Innovation Program (SIP) will give you the opportunity to live, work and learn within a vibrant collegiate environment on campus for five days in January 2020. Working in teams, you will tackle some serious challenges –legal/regulatory/ethical and scientific – facing society in Australia and globally.
Taking into account student interests and disciplinary background, organisers will allocate successful applicants into four teams (five students allocated to each team), with each group tackling its own individual challenge.
Over the five day program, teams have access to:
These experiences will assist teams to understand the wide range of technologies that may be deployed to translate new ideas to viable prototypes or programs of work.
Five days of intensive work culminates in competing and pitching individual projects to a panel of leading experts. All teams will receive feedback and the winning team will be awarded with a package of resources, with ongoing support and mentoring, to develop further its ‘winning pitch’ into a viable future work program.
Current University of Sydney students from all disciplines and from all levels with an interest in law and technology are encouraged to apply.
The Summer Innovation Program values diversity and encourages creative and original thinking. We are looking for bright, independently-minded students who are keen to learn and have the ability to get on with people. SIP will prioritise equity and diversity in applications, as well as applications from students who have not yet lived on-campus.
Step 1: Eligibility
Any current student, studying in any discipline at the University of Sydney can apply.
Step 2: Apply online
Complete our online application, which includes:
Step 3: Confirmation and team Introduction
Students will be advised of the outcome of their application by 6 December 2019, by email. Students must accept or decline by 12 December 2019. Once confirmed, students will be allocated to teams, and there will be some induction and introductory readings that will assist students orient themselves their expectations of the program and their specific challenge.
SIP aims to ensure that participants will experience the best of student life, through opportunities to live and learn on campus within a residential college, to experience ‘hands on’ interdisciplinary learning outside the formal constraints of grade coursework, and establish new and ongoing professional networks. This process is supported by a team of leading academics, practitioners and industry mentors who will live and learn with the students.
SIP addresses the University of Sydney Graduate Qualities through a program that provides opportunities for developing the following:
For further information on our Graduate Qualities, visit the Educational Innovation’s Sydney Graduate Page.
Professor Simon Bronitt is the new Dean of the Sydney Law School. Simon has three ARC Laureate decades of working across disciplinary boundaries and working with and nurturing inspiring legal minds. His commitment to interdisciplinarity culminated in his leadership of an interdisciplinary ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security (2009-2014). He has devoted much of his academic life to seeking knowledge to hold the powerful to account, and improving the quality of justice for powerless members of society.
Dr David Martinez-Martin is a physicist and Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney. Trained in Spain and Switzerland, David describes himself, first and foremost, as an innovator. With many significant patents and inventions under development, he understands the challenges of scientific translation, and how new biomedical inventions designed in partnership with global industry partners must work for the betterment of society. He provides a unique perspective on commercialisation and how intellectual property plays a role in advancing (and sometimes frustrating) scientific advances.
Successful applicants and teams will recieve the following support:
SIP is free for all participants. There is no enrolment cost. The program covers college accommodation (single room) and shared dining catering for the duration of the program. A holding deposit ($200) is required to be paid, when you accept the offer, which is refundable at the end of the program.
SIP is designed as a dedicated extra-curricular, so course credit is not available.
Students are expected to uphold the university code of conduct
No, only an interest in law and science is needed!
No, all disciplines are welcome to apply.
No. Students at all levels are welcome to apply.
No. You must be available for the entirety of the program duration.
See the instructions above.
See instructions above. We want you to use your statement of motivation to give us a sample of your talents, ambitions and ability to contribute. That’s why we’re open to different forms because we realise that everyone has talents across different media. Use this to show off your best ideas!
Organisers will teams are allocated on a number of different factors including demonstrated interests, topic preferences, and disciplinary background.
No. You can enter preferences as to the challenge topic, but we cannot guarantee you will be placed in that team.
More information will be provided to successful applicants.