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LJ Hooker and USyd collaborate on real estate’s next big innovation

LJ Hooker and USyd collaborate on real estate’s next big innovation

By Ryan Ellem on Oct 04 2017


LJ Hooker and the University of Sydney have joined forces to develop fresh and innovative ideas aimed at disrupting the real estate industry.

Five of University of Sydney’s top fourth-year Engineering students have selected LJ Hooker as their brand of choice to work with to create an innovative project for the brand.

The students who are majoring in Biomedicine, Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering, are in their penultimate year of university and transitioned into this year by achieving Distinction averages in their third year of study.

Adjunct Associate Professor Don White from the university’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology said the fourth-year program was designed to challenge the students.

“The advanced engineering program we have in University of Sydney comes about to challenge talented students and gives them assignments to do which are over and above the opportunity of the average student,” Mr White said.

“In their fourth-year students partake in experiences that place them as real consultants doing real jobs for real clients.”

Mr White said the students selected LJ Hooker of their own accord.

“By and large they were attracted to LJ Hooker by the opportunity to do something innovative and work on something that would stretch them beyond what they would ordinarily do as a defined task at university,” he said.

The students had a choice from a variety of businesses including a data analytics company and several leading business consultancies from various industries.

“What they want to get out of the program is experience working with real time, experience with innovation and how it happens in a real-world situation. They want to be interacting with real problems that exist in the real world,” Mr White said.

LJ Hooker’s Head of Digital Drew McTavish said it was an exciting opportunity for LJ Hooker to collaborate with such young, curious minds.

“Global tech titans have based themselves in university towns for a reason, and that’s to recruit and retain talent. In Silicon Valley they have integrated themselves with Stanford and UC Berkeley and in Boston they have aligned with Harvard and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology),” he said.

“We’re excited about the opportunity at the University of Sydney, which is home to one of Australia’s top engineering and IT schools, to work with millennials of such high calibre and no doubt are the next generation of innovators and forward thinkers,” Mr McTavish said.

“Already we have been impressed with some of their early ideas. Together we’ll look at ways that we can future-proof and change the way we do business.”

“We look forward to working with the students to come up with an idea that will propel us forward and set new benchmarks for the industry.”

The students will work from the LJX-Lab at LJ Hooker’s Alexandria headquarters. LJX-Lab is a digital research and development vehicle which fosters innovation through identifying, incubating and commercialising home-grown ‘proptech’. 

List of students and their majors:
Bianca De Jesus - B Eng.(Mechatronic) and B Project Management
Sean Hew - B Eng.(Biomedical) and B Commerce
Pauline Lai - B Eng.(Biomedical)
Adam Rasko - B Eng.(Biomedical) and B Science
Alexander Thew - B Eng.(Mechanical)

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