Applications for Hatchery Ideate Autumn 2018 close on Friday 15 December. Apply here!

Jessie loves sharing stories and is fascinated by human relationships. The importance of empathy and communication is something she is particularly interested in and has led her to pick up her fourth language – Chinese. While she’s still deciding whether a legal career is the right path for her, she looks forward to using design thinking to tackle complex socio-legal issues in the future.

Tell us a bit about the project you worked on in the Hatchery.

Although access to education is a fundamental human right, barriers to active participation still exist for many students. We were particularly interested in exploring the impact of collaborative and flexible learning environments on UTS students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Collaborating with students who were deaf and hard of hearing helped us to define and understand our problem space. We also developed our empathy research skills. One of the biggest takeaways from the whole process was that social issues are only valuable when end users are involved in the problem solving process.

What was one of the biggest learning experiences you gained from the Hatchery?

The most valuable thing I learnt is that design thinking is applicable in any role and in any field. I never imagined that I would be interested in the creative or entrepreneurial space, however, the Hatchery offered a super supportive learning environment to explore and refine my ideas.

As my team all came from diverse personal and academic backgrounds, I also really enjoyed listening to different perspectives and learning how to work to each of our strengths.

What have you been up to since the Hatchery?

I feel that the Hatchery gave me a crash course on business concepts and has given me confidence to pursue creative roles in areas I would never have considered. I have since taken on a research consultant role with the China Australia Millennial Project (CAMP), a social enterprise that connects young leaders from China and Australia through a bilateral business incubator. My current project involves conducting research on the role of trust in cross-cultural business innovation and collaboration to inform the 2018 program.

What is one bit of disruptive advice you can give to the incoming group of Hatchlings?

There is no such thing as a bad idea! Never be afraid to speak up if you have something to contribute, no matter how trivial you may think it is.

Also – the friends you gain through the Hatchery will support and inspire you long after the program is over. 

Hatchery Ideate is a program for UTS students and staff who are passionate about learning the foundational skills for entrepreneurship. Applications for Autumn 2018 close on Friday 15 December. Apply here or contact to find out more.