Past Projects

The following is a collection of past projects showcasing the diversity of initiatives the Heroes work on.


UNSW is one of the most global universities in the world with students from over 137 different countries. With such diversity, a unique environment can be created based on the extensive pool of knowledge and understanding.

We at Xchange feel that the best way to harness this valuable potential is through creating mutual exchange of knowledge and experiences.

Through our proposed event, “Around the World in a Day”, we transform the campus into a physical journey around the globe to connect students with the countries that UNSW comprises of. We aim to strengthen these connections to become long term meaningful relationships through our app and create future global leaders, ready to excel and engage with the world.  


Our vision at Synergy is to promote a transition towards sustainable energy. Synergys’ goal is to add long term value to the UNSW community by creating a sustainable energy source that will potentially meet the increasing energy needs of the university.
We aim to do this by using piezoelectric technology that harnesses man-made energy from walking and coverts it into usable electrical energy.

Imagine being part of an actively engaged community that contributes to the generation of energy in real-time, by simply walking across the campus. Additionally, Synergy aspires to educate our future thought leaders to create change towards a more sustainable future.


Well-rounded graduates is becoming synonymous with world-class graduates. In order to remain relevant and continue attracting talented students, it has grown increasingly important for university to transform the learning experience beyond traditional academic degrees, and showcase what it means to be a part of the scholarly community of UNSW.

Aether aims to make upskilling an easier process for students to learn from, and teach in-demand skills to each other on a peer-to-peer platform.

By embracing the diverse range of skills, knowledge and experiences of the UNSW community, Aether will nurture a collaborative environment for the many talents of UNSW students to thrive. Aether will redefine what it means to be a UNSW graduate - world-class and well-rounded.


BottleHeads collects your plastic bottles and recreates them with new ideas as voted on by the UNSW community, You.

We collect disposable plastic bottles, convert them into 3D printing filaments and use your collated feedback from our platform to allocate plastic towards the printing of materials from a set of university pre-approved designs. It gives plastic recycling a new make-over and allows students to be more positively engaged in the process to make a plastic-free change.

We aim to equip students with the capacity to understand 3D printing and be a part of the technological innovation at UNSW.


NOVA solves an invisible issue within UNSW which a lot of students face, especially first years - a lack of belonging to a community and limited opportunities for cross-faculty collaboration.

It is a platform for collaboration which uses an engaging light festival as its vehicle. Students will have an opportunity to showcase their imagination and creativity and connect with the wider university population to bring a captivated community of students together.

Creative Collective

Creative Collective is a program which generates an ongoing pipeline of creative initiatives that reimagine the campus. The program creates a pathway that facilitates students, staff and any member of the UNSW community to get involved in creating an inclusive and vibrant educational environment.

Imagine working and studying in a campus environment that tells a story and fosters creativity. We're here to empower you to do just that.

Group Guru

Group Guru is a group work mediation app designed to remove the stigma attached to working in groups. Group work should be a positive experience for students which allows them to make lasting connections, develop interpersonal and emotional intelligence skills, and expand their knowledge on a topic of particular interest.

Group Guru aims to provide students with the framework to create a psychologically safe environment that encourages equal contribution and the tools to get their projects moving.


Linkup allows students and staff to flexibly, dynamically and seamlessly schedule consultation times in the form of a user friendly mobile application. Currently, the consultation system is flawed in that a universally accepted mode of booking does not exist.

Linkup resolves and improves this, by understanding that while staff can maintain the same official consultation times each week, they may have additional periods of availability that they would be willing to offer.

Staff are able to alert students of new consultation availabilities in real-time, providing both parties with improved transparency and accessibility. This maximises teaching efficiency, improves learning potential and streamlines student requests.


UNSW has almost 60,000 people on campus. However, connecting with the many minds on campus is not always easy. Convo connects people on campus through conversations.

It extends the existing UniVerse app to allow students and staff to create and join spontaneous physical discussions on campus. University already contains many great thoughts and ideas. So, let’s get people talking about them.


Although UNSW ranks in the world’s top 5% of universities for sustainability, students can be disconnected from the issue. Thousands of disposable cups are used each day by students and staff, with an inadequate understanding of the corresponding environmental impact.

ScanWave is a barcode scanning system integrated within the UniVerse app. This tracks consumer consumption and sustainable efforts through rewards for utilising reusable cups. ScanWave brings together technology & data collection to incentivise sustainable consumption.


Vera is a virtual voice-activated teaching assistant who seeks to make student learning personalised by answering frequently asked questions in real-time.

Using artificial intelligence and machine learning, we built a teaching assistant that will be able to accelerate response times. This will allow lecturers to direct their focus towards answering complex questions, engaging in deeper discussions and encouraging greater student interaction.


Regular feedback should be the foundation with which the UNSW academic experiences are improved. However, 94% of students feel the current feedback system has no effect on improving course delivery and student learning.

Edugage is a facial recognition tool that tracks student attentiveness, enabling staff to improve content delivery and streamlines resources to students to improve their learning.


International students make up a large percentage of UNSW, and it's no surprise that many of them also live in Kensington and Kingsford. Away from family, these students report to their colleges, hoping to ensure their safety - however, the system is archaic and dated.

SafeNSound brings a new system and method to allow international students to remain safe in the university environment and to provide peace of mind to their family members.


Conventus is a platform for international students to connect and interact with UNSW mentors, clarify their doubts and receive information about UNSW through their choice of social media, making the students’ pre-arrival preparations easy and fun.

Conventus delivers a user-friendly social media optimization tool to help them communicate with students at scale while ensuring a personalized experience.


A major problem faced by UNSW Staff and Students is overcrowding in popular areas, but also the underutilisation of many other spaces on campus. Students struggle to find a suitable area to do their work, often having to settle with any spot they can find.

EasySpace is an app designed to prevent this by providing users with information on available facilities and the current capacity. This ensures that users can find what they’re looking for in a timely and efficient manner, and suited to all their personal preferences.


Clancy eases the stress for both students and lecturers by providing course related answers instantly. A clever chatbot that leverages machine learning to provide immediate responses to student enquiries, Clancy aims to improve academic excellence at UNSW.


Academic feedback is the foundation on which student improvement is built. SIRIUS is an innovative platform that provides students with instant academic feedback through the use of cognitive machine learning technology. SIRIUS aims to improve student learning through a personalised approach to help each individual know what they don’t know.

UNSW Graduate Register

This service intends to strengthen the achievements and credentials of the graduate, data for which is already available with UNSW. This system will reduce up to 75% of manual requests UNSW receives as projected by the Student Administration representative. The changes proposed would yield an outcome equivalent to the reallocation of the working hours of one full-time staff.

myIT Mobile

myIT Mobile was one of the first projects to come out of the Hero program. Attracting over 5000+ downloads, the app has become the first crowd-sourced location-based app that provides IT support for students by students, with UNSW becoming the first university to implement such an initiative.

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