150 year innovation program

Problems surround us every day and innovative thinking can be applied to find solutions. Where Invention is about creating a new product or service for the first time, Innovation is about turning an invention into a product, service or solution that is needed by a group of customers.

The ability to innovate is a life-long skill which can be replicated again and again in all manner of situations, which is why Federation University is partnering with Runway to share these skills with its staff and students. Come and learn the difference between invention and innovation and why they are inextricably linked.

Participation in the 150 year innovation program will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to build your innovation capability. Each phase of the Runway program is designed to work together and complement each other, leading you from invention to innovation, and ultimately it’s execution.

  • Design thinking.This masterclass will teach you how to identify problems, search out solutions and build an innovative response.
  • Bootcamp. Learn how to refine your ideas, pitch them and turn them in to a business you can launch. Bootcamp extends on the learnings of the Design Thinking masterclass.
  • Pitch. Finally, if you want to launch your idea, pitch it at the Federation University Pitch Gala Event for the opportunity to win one of three places in the Runway Incubator Program.

Information sessions

We tend to all agree that innovation is necessary but do we all understand who, why and how we can innovate? Everyone can learn to innovate and we can all innovate daily, in both small and big ways. Federation University is a space for learning and growing and there are frameworks and methodologies for innovation which can take these learnings to the next level.

Peter Dostis, the CEO of Runway will talk all things innovation in this one-hour online presentation.

Registrations for live information sessions are now closed.

Watch a recorded information session

Phase 1: Design thinking

Join this masterclass to learn the skills of design thinking and also apply them to real world problems. Bring your knowledge from your school to the relevant Design Thinking masterclass to explore the potential for innovative solutions. Take away your skills to reapply to future problems.

Registrations now open

Please note that while each workshop has a 'school' focus, participants (including TAFE and professional staff) can register for the workshop that best suits their schedule.

Duration: 2 hours (Maximum 20 participants per workshop)

  1. Arts - Wednesday, 12 August 2020: 1.00 - 3.00pm  - Register
  2. Education - Thursday, 13 August 2020: 6.00 - 8.00pm  - Register
  3. Science, Psychology and Sport - Wednesday, 19 August 2020: 6.00 - 8.00pm  - Register
  4. Health - Thursday, 20 August 2020: 1.00 - 3.00pm  - Register
  5. Engineering, IT and Physical Sciences - Wednesday, 26 August 2020: 6.00 - 8.00pm  - Register
  6. Business - Wednesday, 2 September 2020: 10.00am - 12 noon  - Register

Registrations close:  Registrations for each workshop will close once filled (20 participants per workshop) or by no later than Monday 10 August.

Phase 2: Bootcamp

Take your ideas from the Design Thinking masterclass (or your other great ideas) and apply the lean methodology to build a commercially viable business plan.

Participants will leave knowing:

  • How to use a lean canvas to create and validate a business
  • How to create and validate a minimum viable product
  • How to create and deliver a pitch to sell your idea.


Participants will attend one of the following online bootcamps. (Maximum 15 participants per bootcamp)

Bootcamp 1: Wednesday 16, and Thursday 17 September 2020 (Time/duration to be advised)

Bootcamp 2: Wednesday 23, and Thursday 24 September 2020 (Time/duration to be advised)

Selected participants will be invited to progress to Phase 3 below.

Phase 3: Federation University and Runway Pitch Gala

Standout Bootcamp ideas will be given the opportunity to be pitched to a panel of judges who will award the top three a place in the Runway Incubator Program, helping launch the idea into a business over a six month experiential learning program.


Format and date to be confirmed.