CREATE brings students from all disciplines together to work on cool projects. Our 2000+ members love pushing the boundaries of possibility. We compete in international competitions, host Hackerspaces, exhibit in festivals, run workshops and build random things (like a replica Star Wars droid), just to see if we can!

If you like making stuff, maybe you should join CREATE.


Who we are

CREATE is UNSW’s maker group. We have won competitions such as the Droid Racing Competition; exhibited in festivals such as VIVID Sydney; and work on ‘just because’ projects such as building a working replica of the BB8 droid from Star Wars. CREATE exists so students can get practical experience which complements what is learnt in class. We complete projects that we find interesting and that will enhance our skills, knowledge and employability.

Major goals and achievements

  • CREATE UAS:  Our Unmanned Aerial Systems team participated in the 2017 Land O’Lakes Drone Challenge, where it ended up playing in the top 5 finalists. This team is currently involved in making a Medical Delivery UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) for the 2018 UAV Challenge: Medical Express.
  • CREATE DRC: This team has been involved in making a computer vision racing droid for the QUT Droid Racing Competition. The team came first place in the 2016 and 2017 competitions.
  • BCR8: The team is currently building a working replica of the BB8 droid from Star Wars.
  • Vivid Sydney: CREATE has participated in the annual City of Sydney Vivid Light Festival from 2015 and onwards. Tracing back through our history… in 2015 we made a full-sized robotic Pacman Display, in 2016 we made an interactive Mondrian Cube, in 2017 we built our most popular ‘Crystallise’ Angel Wings, and finally in 2018 we are building Synergy which you’ll have to come see for yourself.
  • UGV: Known by the CREATE team as ‘Debbie’, this Unmanned Ground Vehicle is used to develop and test autonomous robotic systems on an easily accessible platform.
CREATE - Vivid 2018
Information for Students

Who we are looking for

We welcome students from all faculties and years. All you need is a creative spirit and a love for making stuff! Our members are from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines who enjoy getting together and creating cool things!


Why should you join?

  • It’s a great selling point for future employers! Participating in Student Projects like CREATE shows employers that your motivated and well rounded.
  • Applying the skills you learn in class to the workforce can be difficult if you have never practiced them. Our projects allow you to practically apply your skills as well as gain new ones.
  • We support a wide variety of projects, so you are sure to find something you like and are interested in. If not, we will support you to start one of your own projects!
  • Meet awesome people with the same passion for making as you.
  • Get help on your own projects or help other students with theirs are our weekly Hackerspaces.
  • We host free weekly workshops that consider topics such as programming the Arduino microprocessors, OpenCV (open sourced computer vision software), Raspberry Pi, 2D and 3D CAD, and electronics design.
  • Get AEHECS Recognition.
  • By working on our projects, you will receive a huge sense of achievement when something you’ve put a lot of work and time into is displayed at big events.
  • Get the opportunity to travel to different locations to participate in competitions with some of our larger projects.
  • Spread the joy of making and creativity to primary and high school students through out outreach events.
My Story - Daniel Li

Daniel Li, President of CREATE and 4th year undergraduate studying a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, got involved with CREATE because:

“Ever since high school I’ve enjoyed every opportunity I had in teaching. And it’s not just teaching in the sense of content, but in the sense of building someone’s own joy and interest in something they may never have thought they could have done. Since my primary interests have been in interactive circuitry and robotics, I first joined CREATE as an assistant in running their Arduino Workshops. I wanted to show that ‘making things’ isn’t limited to ‘people that do engineering’, but something that anyone can find joy in. I found how true this was when students from a variety of different faculties came to our workshops to learn and ended up loving and being amazed at all the cool stuff they could make!

Being a part of all the amazing accomplishments CREATE has achieved, and all the opportunities it has allowed for, I’ve learn how powerful and productive things can be when a group of liked minded people work together. I find being a facilitator of a growing community of students who come together to share a passion for simply making things on their own very fulfilling. This is the reason why I devote so much of my time to CREATE.”

Being a part of all the amazing accomplishments CREATE has achieved, and all the opportunities it has allowed for, I’ve learn how powerful and productive things can be when a group of liked minded people work together.”

Information for Sponsors

Can you help?

We are actively seeking sponsors to help us achieve our goals of training Australia’s top engineers, shaping the future of sustainable transport and inspiring the next generation of engineers still in school. Any support, whether it be in-kind material or machining, financial support or advice on our designs, is invaluable.

If you are interested in sponsoring any of our Student Projects, please contact our Student Projects Officer Stephanie Bagnell


What’s in it for you?

Each project creates different opportunities to make great things happen, such as:

  • Access to and engagement with USNW Engineering’s top students
  • Ability to trial students via UNSW Engineering’s Industrial Training Program
  • Networking opportunities with other industry partners, UNSW academic and research staff and UNSW’s top students
  • Advertise graduate positions directly to UNSW Engineering students
  • Media and branding opportunities
  • News items and photos for your internal communications promotion

Get in touch to find out more about each project's sponsorship opportunities.

UNSW Engineering's Student-Led Projects