Social Innovation Hub

Social Innovation Hub

A space for social change

Women reaches for a screen of different coloured squares.

Who we are

The RMIT Social Innovation Hub is an inclusive and collaborative co-working space where organisations, technology, research, innovators and ideas collide to co-create impactful solutions to wicked social challenges.

It’s where new ideas, new partnerships and dynamic new platforms that address our thorniest social needs are developed and accelerated through actuators, startups, social enterprises and robust collaboration.

Our approach

We throw open the doors to a collaborative, co-working community to help break down the silos that keep social organisations, technologies, research, industry, academics and innovators apart. In doing so, we become the connective fibre that catalyses social change in unexpected ways that could never be achieved in isolation.

Our community

We’re connecting health, justice, economics, social services, urban design and education in an ecosystem of learning, innovation, and a cross-pollination of ideas. Our community currently includes:

Melbourne Innovation Districts

A partnership between the City of Melbourne, RMIT University and the University of Melbourne to shape the city’s future by developing urban innovations through open collaborations.

Health Transformation Lab

A first-of-its kind lab operating at the intersection of the human and the technological, where ideas, leaders, innovators and infrastructure bring radical new solutions to some of our thorniest health challenges.

Centre for Innovative Justice

The Centre for Innovative Justice (CIJ) conducts rigorous and impactful research that develops innovative and workable solutions to develop, drive and expand the justice system.

Law and Advocacy Centre for Women

A not-for-profit, Community Legal Centre for women responding to the rising incarceration rate for females in Victoria and providing gender-specific response to assist women in the criminal justice system.

Youthlaw

A not-for-profit, state-wide free legal centre for young people under 25 years of age, assisting with unmet legal need to protect their rights and advocate for fair & effective laws, policies and service responses.

Inclusive Economics Lab

A place where leaders come together for insight, stimulation, education and collaboration to catalyse our economic and social future.

Location

The Social Innovation Hub is located at 155 Pelham St, Carlton – the heart of Melbourne’s first urban innovation district. Nestled between two of the city’s largest universities just north of the CBD, we are part of the Melbourne Innovation Districts (MID) – a collaboration between the City of Melbourne, RMIT and the University of Melbourne.

Text And Media Image

MID’s first urban innovation precinct is where the city’s knowledge workers, researchers, students and organisations are coming together to collaborate on shared projects. It’s where new spaces - from start-ups to social enterprises - are springing to life to create innovative ideas that will enhance the future of the city.

 

Connect with us

Stories

Our podcast



Tune in to our podcast channel, ‘Space For Change’, where we throw open the virtual doors to our community of leaders, innovators, organisations and researchers discussing and co-creating impactful ideas and solutions to wicked social challenges.

Sign up for the SIH mailing list


aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer

aboriginal flag
torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.