Meet some of our alumni: Tim Binnion's CAMP story

Tim Binnion is an Australian product design engineer who is based in Nanjing. So CAMP was a logical fit for him. “I am not really sure what appealed to me specifically. I just thought that it sounded like me. One thing I’ve learned in my career is that you never say no to an opportunity and it sounded like a cool opportunity.” Passionate about sustainability and green design, Tim joined the Energy Efficiency and Sustainability ThinkTank.

For Tim, much of the benefit of CAMP came from meeting his peers. [The key benefit was] the networking. Meeting a whole bunch of people who all had this common interest in Australia China and wanting to do something constructive in that area.”  He also appreciated the peer-to-peer learning process. “In our group I learned a lot from others in our team. We had varied backgrounds and knowledge and it was helpful to learn from others on our team.”

 Tim was a member of CAMP Pitch Competition Winning Team, with their innovative energy efficiency product Elumin8. This experience has had a marked influence on his career in the short time since CAMP. Tim says that CAMP had an indirect role in him securing his new job. “I'm currently working in an Internet of Things start-up. When recently I was looking for a new job I was able to show them the design work I had done for CAMP, and I wouldn’t say it was the only reason I got the position but it certainly contributed to getting it. Being able to show them the product prototype was pretty cool.”

But this isn’t the only way that the CAMP experience has influenced Tim’s career. The Elumin8 team have continued to work on their project, and have recently been accepted into the CSIRO On Accelerator Program to further develop the Elumin8 concept and proceed to start-up. In this way the experience of CAMP has also directly influenced the trajectory of his career.