Victorian TAFE and university students lead Metro Trains innovation project

December 04, 2017
By Paddl Paddl

We are excited to announce that 43 students and graduates from 11 universities and two TAFEs in Victoria completed a highly sought after innovation project, Metro Skunk Works - a premium career experience project for Metro Trains Melbourne.

The first phase of the project was a Scratch Space Challenge held in September 6th 2017 which surfaced innovative ideas and solutions in a competitive environment involving 60 participants. The winning ideas from the challenge were progressed into the next phase of the commercialisation process - Metro Skunk Works.  This is a 30 day innovation project with 43 participants who were employed by Metro Trains to deliver a business case and working wireframes for three innovation projects. The Metro Skunk Works concluded on Tuesday, November 28th 2017 at Metro Trains headquarters in Docklands, Victoria where participants pitched their ideas and solutions to members of the Metro Innovation Council.

Metro Skunk Works Highlights

  • 600 interested students and graduates
  • 380 applicants from 12 educators in Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland
  • 90 shortlisted
  • 43 successful candidates
  • 1620 hours worked collectively
  • 3 solid business cases with interactive wireframes developed and pitched

 

Paddl Games Metro Scratch Space Challenge, 6 September 2017

Metro Trains hosted a Paddl Games Scratch Space Challenge for 60 students in Melbourne. Successful participants came from eight Victorian universities, one university from Central Queensland and a Victorian TAFE. 

Successful participants worked in teams to address a specific challenge for Metro Trains in under five hours:

How does Metro better support the rail using public during times of planned and unplanned disruption to the network?
 

Challenge winners

1st Place: ChooChooChooseMe
Prizes: Google Home, The Coop Idea Charging Station, Frank Green Smart Water Bottle + 15 min interview Paddl Employer Booth

Samuel Wang: Diploma of Graphic Design - Holmesglen TAFE
Taylah Reimers: Bachelor of Criminology/Cyber Security, Bachelor of Design - Deakin University
Francoise Hill: Master of Management (HR) -  University of Melbourne
William Saputra: Bachelor of Engineering/Computer Software Engineering - Swinburne University of Technology 

2nd Place: The Rail Blazers  
Prize:The Coop Idea Charging Station, Frank Green Smart Water Bottle  + 15 min interview Paddl Employer Booth 

Xiaopei Li: Master of Arts & Cultural Management (Graphic Design) University of Melbourne
Linh Tran: Bachelor of Engineering Hons (Civil & Environment) -  Monash University
Zabihullah Wahab: Bachelor of Business (Logistics & Supply Chain Management) - RMIT
Mohammed Fahad: Master of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) - RMIT
Khwanchanok Korjuantiaw: Diploma of Remedial Massage/Accounting - Holmesglen TAFE
Junaid Shaik: Master of Business Administration (International) - Deakin University

3rd Place: Track Team
Prize: Frank Green Smart Water Bottle + 15 min interview Paddl Employer Booth

Shrupa Shah: PhD (Science) - University of Melbourne
Gabrian Balelang: Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Hons) - Deakin University
Sheree Tampus:  Master of International Relations - University of Melb
Susheem Verma: Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing) -  Swinburne University of technology
Mohammed Ibaida: Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronic Engineering) Hons - RMIT
Ana Mitrov: Master of Planning (Professional) -  Deakin University


Honourable Mention: Melbourne Chargers  
Prize: 15 min interview Paddl Employer Booth and voucher provided by Metro

Angela Rivans: Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Coms Design) - Deakin University
Preechaya Nuttashophon:  Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Accounting - Monash University
MythiliRani Simhadri: Masters of IT - Swinburne University of Technology
Dean Bongetti: Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) Hons - RMIT
Paris Konstadinu: Bachelor of Health Science (Applied Statistics) - Swinburne  University of Technology
Ahmed Ali: Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) Hons - RMIT
 

Successful participants by educator

    Deakin University, 17 participants

    • Master of Planning (Professional)
    • Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Communication Design)
    • Bachelor of Information Technology
    • Bachelor of Psychology (Professional Stream)
    • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Master of Business Administration (International)
    • Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)
    • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Information Technology
    • Master of Construction Management (Professional)
    • Master of Business Administration (International)
    • Master of Business Administration (International)
    • Bachelor of Information Technology
    • Master of Information Systems
    • Bachelor of IT Security/Criminology
    • Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)

    RMIT University, 14 participants

    • Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) (Honours) (3)
    • Master of Business (Information Technology)
    • Bachelor of Communication (Media)
    • Master of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) (2)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics) (Honours)
    • Master of Commerce
    • Bachelor of Design (Communication Design)
    • Master of Communication Design (2)
    • Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)

    Swinburne University of Technology, 8 participants

    • Master of Human Resource Management (Professional)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Bachelor of Computer Science
    • Master of Information Technology
    • Bachelor of Health Science
    • Bachelor of Accounting
    • Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software Engineering)

    University of Melbourne, 5 participants

    • Bachelor of Science (Human Structure and Function)
    • Master of International Relations
    • Doctor of Philosophy (Science)
    • Master of Arts and Cultural Management
    • Master of Management (Human Resources)

    Holmesglen TAFE, 4 participants

    • Certificate IV in Programming
    • Diploma of Remedial Massage
    • Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design
    • Diploma of Graphic Design

    Monash University, 3 participants

    • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil & Environmental)
    • Bachelor of Business
    • Master of Professional Accounting

    La Trobe University, 2 participants

    • Master of Business Information Management and Systems
    • Master of Management (Project Management)

    Victoria University: 2 participants

    • Master of Business Analytics (Professional)
    • Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business

    The University of Sydney, 1 participant

    • Master of Commerce

    Central Queensland University, 1 participant

    • Master of Electrical Engineering

     

    Paddl Games Metro Skunk Works, 8 - 28 November, 2017

    The winning ideas from the Scratch Space Challenge were progressed into a Paddl Project Skunk Works - the first phase of the commercialisation process for three key concepts. Successful applicants were employed by Metro Trains and paid casual hourly rates for up to 50 hours of employment over the 30 day period. On Tuesday, November 28th 2017, the Skunk Works culminated into a pitch to the Metro Innovation Council for funding consideration. This gave participants a unique opportunity to present their ideas, working wireframes and business case to a panel of Metro Trains executives.

    This highly competitive innovation project attracted over 600 interested students and graduates from universities and a number of TAFEs across Victoria, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.
     

    Successful participants by educator

    The following students were selected for the Metro Skunk Works project:

    RMIT, 16 participants

    Aniket Gamre,  Master of Business (Information Technology)
    Bowen Xu,  Diploma of Information Technology
    Dean Bongetti , Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical Engineering) (Honours)
    George Karamboulis, Bachelor of Engineering (Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics) (Honours)
    Gurpreet Singh Aujla, Master of Engineering (Electrical Engineering)
    Jaspreet Singh, Associate Degree in Business
    Leslie Charles, Master of Engineering (Management) 
    Louis Tran, Associate Degree in Business (final year)
    Mindy Ler, Bachelor of Applied Science (Construction Management) 
    Nhi Huynh, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Advance Manufacturing and Robotics
    Panagiotis Ntrallos, Master of Commerce
    Rui Wu, Diploma of Information Technology
    Sean Loke, Bachelor of Computer Science
    Syed Labib Ali, Bachelor of Computer Science
    Xiangyi Xu, Master of Communication Design
    Zabihullah Wahab, Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)

    Deakin University, 11 participants

    Ankitha Madapur, Master of Data Analytics
    Dorothy Nicole Mercado, Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)
    Gabrian Balelang, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours)
    George Jacob, Master of Engineering (Professional)/Electrical
    Junaid Shaik, Master of Business Administration (International)
    Linh Trin, Master of Business Analytics/Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
    Mohitkumar Rangholiya, Master of Information Technology (Professional)
    Rohan Fernandes, Master of Business Administration (International)
    Sopharath Hang, Masters of Info Systems
    Taylah Reimers, Bachelor of IT Security/Criminology
    Thien Chu (Ryan), Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours)

    University of Melbourne, 7 participants

    Francoise Hill, Master of Management (Human Resources)
    Hanning Su, Master of Information Technology
    Jamie Kukuruzovic, Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)
    Kaiwen Song,  Master of Commerce (Actuarial Science)
    Mitch Seider, Master of International Business
    Stefan Poeppl, Master of International Business
    Vanessa West, Juris Doctor

    Swinburne University, 3 participants

    Mythili Simhadri, Master of Information Technology
    Dani Vimalesh, Master of Information Systems Management
    William Saputra, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Software Engineering)

    Victoria University, 2 participants

    Ashan Meegoda, Master of Business Analytics (Professional)
    Emel Aksan Karabel, Master of Business Administration

    La Trobe University, 2 participants

    Fahim Al Jahangir, La Trobe University, Master of Data Science (2018 Grad)
    Nimesha Tissera, La Trobe University, Master of Business Information Management and Systems

    Holmesglen TAFE, 1 participant

    Samuel Wang, Holmesglen, Diploma of Graphic Design

    Monash University, 1 participant

    Preechaya Nuttasophon, Monash University, Bachelor of Business

    Employment experience

    As Metro Trains employees, participants were able to record this experience in their Paddl Profile, LinkedIn and CV. We provided guidance on how to articulate their experience in the Metro Skunk Works as per below:

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    Project Assistant, Metro Trains
    Paddl Games Metro Skunk Works, 8-28 November 2017

    Paddl Games engages talent in an innovation challenge that surfaces new ideas and solutions to real business issues. I was selected via a competitive application process to join one of three innovation projects to deliver a business case and interactive wireframes that culminated in a Pitch to the Metro Innovation Council. 

    My specific role was …..

    My Achievements:

    - Selected out of 600+ applicants in a highly competitive selection process
    - Worked and collaborated with a team of [15] people to develop a Minimum Viable Product and interactive wireframes
    - Contributed to field research and data analysis to validate product ideas and inform the development of the business case
    - Developed the pitch deck with my team members
    - [Pitched the concept to the Metro Innovation Council and responded to questions on the concept and case for funding]

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    About Paddl Games and Paddl Projects

    Paddl Co has developed a highly engaging means for students and graduates to gain practical experience in their field of study that will help the individual student in demonstrating that they are job ready and suitable for employment. Paddl Projects are hosted by major employers and are typically for 30 days. Unlike Paddl Games challenges, which are competitions for prizes, Paddl Projects’ participants are employed by the host employer for the duration of the project.

    Paddl Skunk Works projects follow a Paddl Games challenge. Paddl Games enables major employers to offer students and graduates a premium career-relevant experience in return for corporation innovation challenges. These real world experiences enable the successful applicants to practice applying the academic theory they have gained during their studies in a real business challenge for the host employer.

    Paddl Games

    • Scratch Space Challenge (half-day intensive ideation competition for prizes) for 30-60+ students
    • Hack Challenges (two-day hack competition for prizes) for 50-100+ students

     

    Paddl Projects:

    • Skunk Works (paid employment for 30 days to deliver business case, interactive wireframes and pitch for a nominated concept @ ~ $25 per hour) for up to 50 hours over 30 days